Next Frontiers in Career Development: From Personal to Personalised Interventions
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.