Revitalising career counselling to help workers re-design their career-lives and find sustainable, decent work
Call for Papers
Deadline: 10th December 2019
Jacobus Gideon (Kobus) Maree, University of Pretoria
Maria Eduarda Duarte, University of Lisbon
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling
The authors and readers of BJGC include practitioners, academics, researchers, policymakers, and students from across the globe, representing different cultural backgrounds and disciplines. The journal facilitates and enriches dialogue in all areas relating to guidance, counselling and psychotherapy. Manuscripts are published under three broad headings: (a) counselling and psychotherapy, (b) career guidance and counselling, including career development, and (c) cross-disciplinary issues.
Volumes have been written on the changes in the occupational world that are alienating workers and leaving them insecure and uncertain. These changes – brought about by technological advances and the need to disseminate information across the globe faster and more efficiently – require workers to re-plan and re-design their career-lives in order to endeavour to find sustainable, decent work. Organisations can no longer provide workers with holding environments, leaving them struggling to adapt to constantly changing work contexts. Many workers are traumatised by this struggle to the extent that they feel that their work has no meaning and purpose.
Researchers and career counsellors have to come up with an innovative response to lessen the impact of these changes on workers. A shift in emphasis is needed from trying to identify ways to re-educate and retrain workers to rethinking existing theories and practice and devising new strategies to assist workers to choose appropriate careers, construct themselves and their careers, and design successful lives in the 21st century. An innovative, visionary approach is needed that will enable the career counselling profession to re-invent itself and remain relevant in today’s world of work. Savickas et al. (2009) state that the changing social arrangement of work presents a challenge not only to workers, but also to career counselling theorists, researchers, scholars, and practitioners.
Types of manuscripts we are looking for
We welcome proposals for innovative assessment and intervention measures, strategies, and techniques to help workers, work-seekers, and prospective workers deal with seemingly intractable unemployment and successfully negotiate multiple occupational transitions. Typical questions requiring answers are the following:
- How can career counselling help workers take responsibility for their future; become resourceful, flexible, adaptable, and versatile; and deal with repeated transitions in today’s chaotic world of work?
- How can contemporary career counselling theory and praxis help promote decent work and sustainable development?
- How can career counselling be reconfigured to contribute to success in the workplace, employability, and career resilience?
- How can life design be advanced across the globe (especially in developing countries)?
- How can career counselling be used to help people get in touch with their occupational feelings and needs, bolster their career-life identity, exploit happenstance and “chance”, and promote self-reflection, reflexivity, and life design?
- How can group-based counselling be promoted and a sense of critical consciousness fostered? (Blustein, 2015)
We thus look forward to receiving thought-provoking, constructive contributions that extend 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 integrated qualitative+quantitative perspective.
How to submit your abstract
Manuscript proposals should include the manuscript title, an abstract comprising 300-400 words, authors’ full names and affiliations, as well as the corresponding author’s contact details and should be e-mailed to Kobus Maree at firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st October 2019.
Once a proposal has been considered, the guest editor will e-mail you the BJGC guidelines document as well as other relevant details. The deadline for submissions for this special issue of the BJGC is 10th December 2019 or earlier if possible. Submitted manuscripts will undergo peer review and authors should receive the decision of the peer review panel within 1 month. The anticipated publication date is late October 2020.