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ERIC Number: EJ959681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1478-2103
European Policy of Career Guidance: The Interrelationship between Career Self-Management and Production of Human Capital in the Knowledge Economy
Bengtsson, Anki
Policy Futures in Education, v9 n5 p616-627 2011
"Everyone has a career to be managed" is the simple message in new policy strategies for career guidance in Europe. In this article, the promotion of career management for "all" will be unsettled by analysis of career self-management put in relation to rationalities of government and self-government. We are governed to self-manage our career and at the same time govern ourselves to do that. European policy documents on career guidance and career development produced from 2000 to 2008 are analysed from the Foucauldian governmentality perspective. From the starting point that re-shaping of career guidance is part of human capital strategies in the knowledge economy of Europe, the author argues that policy of career guidance aims to shape not only a competitive workforce, but in addition entrepreneurial and responsible citizens. In political strategies of career guidance, the competences of career management skills work as a technology to govern the individual to participate in inventing human capital by capitalising oneself to manage the career in working life as well as in social life. The author discusses what desirable subjectivities government of career self-management constructs in relation to re-regulated responsibility of the individual and the state. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: European Union