A capability approach to career development: An introduction and implications for practice

Robertson, Peter J and Egdell, Valerie (2018) A capability approach to career development: An introduction and implications for practice. Australian Journal of Career Development, 27 (3). pp. 119-126. ISSN 1038-4162

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1038416217704449

Abstract

In the UK, the concept of employability is influential in current conceptualizations of career development. It is an example of a discourse underpinned by faith in individual transformation as a response to unstable labour markets, a position that is not unproblematic when structural factors are taken into account. This article introduces an alternative perspective, the capability approach, to encourage debate about its value, and to begin to outline what it means for career counselling and development practice. An overview of the capability approach is provided, and the resonance between the concerns of the capability approach and those of career development practitioners will be highlighted. Key difficulties in applying the approach are identified before implications of the capability approach for practice are considered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Capability approach, career counselling, career development, employability, social justice
Subjects: N600 Human Resource Management
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2018 12:17
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2018 12:53
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37104

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