14:15 – 15:15 Plenary Session 1
A Road Less Travelled: Enabling Career and Life Planning Interventions for SEN Students and Youth
Speaker: Dr. Sarah LUK Sau Ha
Abstract This session will give an overview of the models used in previous studies which are for supporting students with SEN in their career and life planning. An introduction to CLAP Hybrid Strategic Intervention Framework for SEN will be given with the preliminary findings of local data on Career Decision Making Difficulties (CDDQ) and Career Adaptability (CAAS) of students with SEN in comparison with students without SEN. The CLAP Hybrid Strategic Intervention Framework is an attempt to incorporate both Individual or Group Career Counselling and Business Engagement or Mentorship. It is an integrated intervention strategy for students with SEN to develop their career identity which includes engagement, self-understanding and development, pathway exploration and career planning and management. During the session, an example will be illustrated on how a secondary student with dyslexia is supported by the Hybrid Strategic Intervention Framework.
12:00 – 13:00 Plenary Session 2
Next Frontiers in Career Development: From Personal to Personalised Interventions
Speaker: Professor Alvin LEUNG Seung Ming
Abstract Advances in technology have altered the nature of education and work as well as channels of human interaction. Traditionally, career interventions for young people have relied heavily on person-level interactions such as advisement, counselling, guidance, mentoring, curriculum, and diverse forms of psychosocial education. Career interventions are often delivered in schools and community agencies where contacts between young people and the professional agents (e.g., teachers, counsellors, social workers) take place. The new frontiers in career interventions involve exploring how technology could be used to personalise career and personal exploration, to help young people evaluate and synthesise information that could become excessive and overwhelming, to expand the circle of career intervention providers to include business partners, community mentors, and parents as change and support agents, and to help young people construct and re-construct pathways of life and careers that are evolving, emerging, or yet to exist. The presentation will articulate the new frontiers, and discuss how technology could be positively use to help young people in the changing landscape of career development intervention.
14:15 – 15:15 Plenary Session 3
Interest Transformation: Good Practices Sharing
Speaker: Professor Victor WONG Cheong Wing
Abstract Interest is considered not only as a powerful motivational process that stimulates attention and energizes learning, but also as a leverage that maps out the trajectories of life-career development in the interrelated domains of paid and unpaid work. Practitioners may engage youth by means of supporting the development of their pre-existing interest or cultivating their new interest through the provision of horizon-broadening and challenging activities. To make the power of interest more transformative, practitioners need to address not only the functionality of attitudes, skills and knowledge, but also the intentionality of values, identity and aspirations, as well as the sociality of youth situated in relational and societal contexts. Good practices supported by the mobilization of resources, opportunities and networks are drawn from the five district service teams for illustrating how interest is used and transformed for enhancing youth’s quest for meaningful engagement in their life-career journey.