Negotiating professional and personal biographies in a liquid world: creating space for reflexive innovation in career counselling

Hazel Reid, Linden West
2016 British Journal of Guidance and Counselling  
This paper explores the constraints to innovative, creative and reflexive careers counselling in an uncertain neo-liberal world. We draw on previously reported research into practitioners' use of a narrative model for career counselling interviews in England and a Europe-wide auto/biographical narrative study of non-traditional learners in universities. The latter draws on a number of narrative interviews with an asylum seeker, to debate whether such a way of working with people, 'in a clinical
more » ... style', offers contextualised insight into people's struggles to construct a career and a methodology for doing so. The paper also examines the difficulties of creating a 'good enough' professional, psychosocial space for experimentation with creative approaches in a marketised guidance world, where more is expected from less.
doi:10.1080/03069885.2016.1145014 fatcat:6c4hwpsbybb2rk2keg2b3dapj4