Abstract: Conceived, studied, and applied in international context, life-design offers a new paradigm for career theory and intervention in a 21st-century world. Life-design proposes that navigating the uncertainty and unpredictability of life and work in the digital and global age requires activity, identity, career adaptability, and intentionality. Youth today benefit from ability to express their emerging identities with clarity and conviction by saying who they are, who they are becoming, and what they find most important in work and career. Likewise, they gain by having career adaptability skills for intentional and effective planning, decision-making, exploration, and confidence to deal with barriers to constructing their life-careers. As a core life-design approach, career construction theory and counseling offers a comprehensive scheme for understanding and assisting youth to shape their life-careers in today’s unpredictable and turbulent times.
Paul J. Hartung, Ph.D. is Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University and Adjunct Professor of Counseling at the University of Akron, U.S.A. He has authored more than 50 journal articles and over 30 book chapters and edited 3 books dealing with career development, assessment, and counseling. Currently, he is editor for The Career Development Quarterly (2014-2019). He also serves on the editorial boards for Journal of Vocational Behavior (2003-), Journal of Career Assessment (1997-), and International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance (2012-). He is a fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP; Division 16), American Psychological Association (APA; Division 17), and the National Career Development Association. He is current President-Elect (2014-18), Division 16 (Counseling Psychology) of the IAAP.
Abstract: Career development interventions positively affect individuals’ career aspirations, decisions, and actions. Not all career development interventions are equal in their impact, however—some are more effective than others. Career counselling, career education classes, career information delivery systems—there are so many interventions to choose! What are the factors that make some interventions more effective? How should practitioners decide which interventions to use for best effect? This presentation addresses the most up-to-date evidence and provides practitioners with strategic directions for their work.
Peter McIlveen, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts, University of Southern Queensland. He is a psychologist and member of the APS College of Counselling Psychologists. Professor McIlveen teaches and researches educational and counselling psychology topics, including career counselling, career development learning and adult learning, and the construction of professional identity. He currently serves on the national executive committee of the Career Development Association of Australia. He has also served on the Career Industry Council of Australia as vice-president and was president of the National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services. Professor McIlveen has created many career development tools based on a constructivist approach, including the Career Futures Inventory (short-form), My Career Chapter, and Career Systems Interview. Professor McIlveen is editor of the Australian Journal of Career Development and serves on the editorial boards of other journals, including the Journal of Vocational Behaviour and Australian Psychologist.