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Robertson, P. J. (2018). Building capabilities in disabled job seekers: A qualitative study of the Remploy Work Choices programme in Scotland. Social Work and Society: International Online Journal, 16(1), 1-15
This article reports on a qualitative study of the UK’s labour activation pathway for jobseekers with disabilities and health conditions. The aim was to explore the experienc...
Campbell Casey, S., MacCallum, J., Robertson, L., & Strachan, L. (2018). Researching skills development: students as partners in this process. New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 13(1), https://doi.org/10.29311/ndtps.v0i13.2881
Many employers report that newly qualified graduates lack key skills necessary for success in the workplace. Although variable, many lack general ‘transferable’ or ‘soft’ skil...
Robertson, P. J. (2018). Developing career capabilities in “NEET” young people: experiences of participants in the Prince’s Trust team programme. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 46(6), 752-764. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2018.1434130
This qualitative study focuses on the impact of a supportive 12-week programme intended to empower young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) to purs...
Robertson, P. J. (2018). Bhaskar and Sen: Two foundations on which to build a new approach to career guidance and life planning. Indian Journal of Career and Livelihood Planning, 6(1), 22-28
This paper argues for a new perspective on guidance and life planning that is informed, but not dominated, by pre-existing Western conceptions of career. Two scholars are high...
MacCallum, J., & Campbell Casey, S. (2017). Enhancing skills development and reflective practise in students during their programme of study. New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 12(12), https://doi.org/10.29311/ndtps.v0i12.2368
The transition to the workplace can be challenging for new graduates. At Edinburgh Napier our approach is to work proactively with students to prepare them for the world of wo...
Meldrum, S. (2017). Group guidance – is it time to flock together?. Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, 38(1), 36-43. https://doi.org/10.20856/jnicec.3806
This article calls for delivery models which encourage the collective career learning of groups to be brought to the centre stage of career guidance practice. It challenges th...
Robertson, P. J. (2017). Identifying and measuring capabilities for career development in NEET young people. Recherches sociologique et anthropologique/ Sociological and anthropological research, 47(2), 83-99
Amartya Sen's Capability Approach offers great potential as a conceptual framework for promoting social justice and well-being through economic and educational engagement. Yet...
Robertson, P. (2016). Developing Career Capabilities For Young People In Transition To Adulthood. In C. Kagan, S. Lewis, & K. Niven (Eds.), Making a difference with psychology, 234-240. London, UK: Richard Benjamin Trust
This chapter provides a brief accessible outline of a research project funded by the Richard Benjamin Trust. It describes use of the 'capability approach' to understand a pro...
Robertson, P. (2015). Positive psychology: A movement to reintegrate career counselling within counselling psychology. Counselling psychology review / the British Psychological Society, 30(3), 26-35
Content & Focus: In the UK career counselling has tended to evolve separately from the counselling psychology profession. Elsewhere, notably in North America, counselling psyc...
Robertson, P. J. (2015). Towards a capability approach to careers: Applying Amartya Sen's thinking. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance, 15(1), 75-88. doi:10.1007/s10775-014-9280-4
Amartya Sen’s capability approach characterizes an individual’s well-being in terms of what they are able to be, and what they are able to do. This framework for thinking has ...
Robertson, P. J. (2014). Health inequality and careers. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 42(3), 338-351. doi:10.1080/03069885.2014.900660
Structural explanations of career choice and development are well established. Socioeconomic inequality represents a powerful factor shaping career trajectories and economic o...
Robertson, P. J. (2013). The well-being outcomes of career guidance. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. 41(3), 254-266. doi:10.1080/03069885.2013.773959. ISSN 0306-9885
The potential for career guidance to impact on well-being has received insufficient attention in the UK. There are both conceptual and empirical reasons to expect that the imp...
Robertson, P. (2011). Clients with mental health conditions: a challenge for career guidance practice. In B. A. Irving, & L. Barham (Eds.), Constructing the Future: Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice, 131-146. Stourbridge: Institute of Career Guidance
This article explores meeting the needs of clients with mental health conditions and seeks to establish this group as one of particular interest to career guidance practitione...