Addressing the Career Counseling Needs of People with Marginalization - Presented by Division 16, Counseling Psychology

Addressing the Career Counseling Needs of People with Marginalization

Choosing a job, field of study, or career is a key developmental activity in the career-life of all people. Many people complete school, choose a career, and subsequently enroll for an associated field of study, undergo e.g. practical-technical or information technology training, complete a learnership, or attempt to find suitable employment. Conversely, for a variety of reasons, many other never attend school or drop out of school after having spent a certain number of years at school. Irrespective of one’s level of education and training, finding work in an environment where the very future of work is uncertain and many predict that unemployment levels will eventually spiral out of control is challenging at best. Finding suitable employment without having completed any or at least some suitable education and/ or training, or after either having finished or dropped out of school poses a serious problem. Likewise, people of all ages are repeatedly called on to navigate repeated and major work-related transitions. These transitions influence their personal and career-lives future directly and indirectly.

While much has been written on the effect of career counselling on people in general, the career counselling needs of groups of people with marginalisation have received scant and insufficient attention in the research and literature. This is especially the case in Global South (developing country) contexts. Admittedly, though, to an ever-increasing extent, the work-finding or employment prospects situation of people in Global North contexts not typically characterised by marginalisation is becoming less favourable and challenging, too. This webinar will deal with possible ways to address the career counselling needs of people with marginalization especially – people that mostly have no one to turn to for career counseling whose profound sense of hopelessness, desperation, anxiety, and sadness has touched me deeply.


Prof. Maria Eduarda Duarte, Portugal

Prof. Jérôme Rossier, Switzerland

Prof. Meenskshi Chhabra, United States

Prof. Jonas Masdonati, Switzerland

Prof. Kobus Maree, South Africa

Prof. Marcelo Ribeiro, Brazil

Presented on June 15, 2021

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