Personal Welfare Through Career Guidance

  • James A. Athanasou
  • Harsha N. Perera


The emphasis in this chapter is on the fundamental intention of career guidance to ensure that ceteris paribus the individual maximises their lifelong career satisfaction. The initial focus in this chapter is a selective discourse on some key contemporary issues that plague career guidance services. These issues span the breadth of the field. There is scope for professional guidance services in a changing, complex, competitive and, at times, unforgiving labour market. Examples are provided of 17 imperfections of the world of work where guidance may assist. Without ignoring the need for social or governmental action, the chapter concludes with a personal manifesto for providing support at the individual level. It is asserted that the individual has a right to guidance in order to improve quality of life. A listing of 25 working principles of career guidance practice is introduced. The international role of career guidance is a prisoner of its past, but a common and continuing thread has been that it is a professional area that brings together knowledge of psychology, education, training and the labour market for the benefit of the individual.


Career guidance Vocational guidance Personal welfare Work Manifesto Principles of guidance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SydneyAustralia
  2. 2.College of EducationUniversity of NevadaLas VegasUSA

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