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

  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 (CA), to encourage debate about its value, and to begin to outline what it means for career counselling and development practice. An overview of the CA is provided, and the resonance between the concerns of the CA and those of career development practitioners will be highlighted. Key difficulties in applying the approach are identified before implications of the CA for practice are considered.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    24 September 2018

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • DOI:

    10.1177/1038416217704449

  • Cross Ref:

    10.1177/1038416217704449

  • ISSN:

    1038-4162

  • Library of Congress:

    HD28 Management. Industrial Management

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    658 General management

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded

Citation

Robertson, P. J., & Egdell, V. (2018). A capability approach to career development: An introduction and implications for practice. Australian Journal of Career Development, 27(3), 119-126. https://doi.org/10.1177/1038416217704449

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Keywords

Capability approach, career counselling, career development, employability, social justice,

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