AOSIS is pleased to announce that the African Journal of Career Development (AJCD) has joined our open access journal collection and is open for submissions. The journal will start publishing in January 2019. Please visit and register on the journal website at ajcd.africa and contact us should you have any questions on the submission guidelines and procedures.
Fundamental shifts in the workplace oblige career counsellors to continually rethink the theory and practice of career counselling (Duarte, 2017; Guichard, 2013; Hartung, 2015; Maree, 2018; Savickas, 2015). While acknowledging the role of new technologies in creating new jobs – and welcoming advances brought about by, for instance, the Fourth Industrial Revolution – people and their best interests should always lie at the heart of any technological advancement. In response to the fundamental changes in the world of work over the past 100 years or so, career counselling research and practice have been guided consecutively by the following triad of paradigms: vocational guidance, career development, and life designing. A current occupational phenomenon requiring serious attention is the fact that few workers today will spend their entire working lives in the employ of one employer: workers across the world will in future work for numerous employers during their work-lives. Attendant challenges include merging work and life roles, remaining employable, and staying relevant in the world of work. This new work scenario will require changes in the contracts or arrangements between employees and employers.
Typical questions requiring answers are the following:
- What are the models for promoting decent work for all in developing countries and how can these models be advanced?
- How can career development be used to promote decent work for all in developing countries in particular?
- Which economic systems are most suited to promote decent work for all in developing countries?
- How can career development be promoted systemically through education at various levels in developing countries?
- What can the public sector do to promote decent work for all in developing countries?
- What can the private sector do to promote decent work for all in developing countries?
- What can individual people and civil society do to promote decent work for all in developing countries to maximise workers’ access to decent work?
- How can individuals manage their careers to maximise their chances of accessing decent work?
We welcome thought-provoking, constructive contributions from across the spectrum of research methodologies – manuscripts that deal with theoretical and practical issues and that report on research from a quantitative, a qualitative, a mixed-methods, or an integrative qualitative-quantitative perspective (Hartung & Santili, 2018; Maree, 2013). For the purposes of the current guest issue, contributing authors are requested to consider the term ‘career development’ as including associated constructs such as information provision, placement, coaching, vocational guidance, career education, psychological counselling, career guidance, career advice, career counselling, as well as life designing and healing (Savickas, 2015).
- Blustein, D. (2015, June).Which career and life designing interventions to develop decent work in a fair and sustainable world economy? Keynote address at the UNESCO Chair Congress on Lifelong Guidance and Counselling Conference, Florence, Italy.
- Di Fabio, A. (2017). A meta-review of empirical studies dealing with employability and measures of employability. In J. G. Maree (Ed.), Psychology of career adaptability, employability, and resilience (pp. 107-124). New York, NY: Springer.
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- Guichard, J. (2013, November). Career guidance, education, and dialogues for a fair and sustainable human development. Inaugural conference of the UNESCO chair of Lifelong guidance and counseling, University of Wroclaw, Poland.
- Hartung, P. J. (2011). Career construction: Principles and practice. In K. Maree (Ed.), Shaping the story: A guide to facilitating narrative counselling (pp. 103-120). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.
- Hartung, P. J. (2015). Life design in childhood: Antecedents and advancement. In L. Nota, & J. Rossier (Eds.), Handbook of life design: From practice to theory, and from theory to practice (pp. 89-101). Göttingen, Germany: Hogrefe.
- Hartung, P. J., & Santili, S. (2018). My Career Story: Description and initial validity evidence. Journal of Career Assessment, 26(2), 308-321
- Maree, J. G. (2013). Counselling for career construction. Connecting life themes to construct life portraits: Turning pain into hope. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.
- Maree, J. G. (2018). Contextualisation as a determining factor for career counselling throughout the world. In J. A. Athanasou & H. N. Perera (Eds.). International handbook of career guidance (2nd ed.) (In press). New York: Springer.
- Rossier, J., Ginevra, M. C., Bollmann, G., & Nauta, L. (2017). The importance of career adaptability, career resilience, and employability in designing a successful life. In J. G. Maree (Ed.), Handbook of career adaptability, employability, and resilience. (pp. 65-84). New York, NY: Springer.
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- Savickas, M. L. (2015). Career counselling paradigms: Guiding, developing, and designing. In P. Hartung, M. Savickas, & W. B. Walsh (Eds.), APA handbook of career intervention, Volume 1: Foundations (pp. 129–143). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
- Savickas, M. L., & Porfeli, E. J. (2012). Career Adapt-Abilities Scale: Construction, reliability, and measurement equivalence across 13 countries. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80(3), 661-673.
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