Drs Hazel Reid and Barbara Bassot from the Centre for Career and Personal Development recently attended a three-day conference at Mannheim University in Germany. The Conference was run by the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance and had an audience of over 500 delegates. They came from all over the world - many from European countries. The conference title was “Career Guidance for Social Justice, Prosperity and Sustainable Employment, challenges for the 21st Century”. Mannheim was chosen as the venue as it was the 40th anniversary of the careers guidance course at that university.
|The Water Tower, Mannheim|
A keynote speech that stood out at the conference was by Professor Ronald Sultana from Malta who spoke on Social Justice. Professor Sultana highlighted some of the many challenges for career guidance practitioners in promoting equality.
|Professor Ronald Sultana, University of Malta|
Hazel and Barbara had been invited to present their Model of The Career Thinking Session. This model offers a reflective space for clients to challenge and question their limiting assumptions about their own career development. Barbara and Hazel outlined their model and shared the results of recent pilot research into its use. A question and answer session followed their presentation.Barbara said: “A very vibrant discussion followed our presentation. Audience members were very interested in the model and how it could apply in their own work settings.” One delegate said that they found the model “absolutely inspirational”.
Hazel Reid added: “We will now be putting further articles forward to disseminate this research more widely.”
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