There is a growing awareness of the clash between senseless economic growth, and environmental/sustainability concerns. Whereas economic growth in the narrow sense used to be the solution within a capitalistic mindset, it now creates as many problems. Jobless growth, a deterioration of the natural resources, and the undermining of workers’ rights and wages: these are some of the present predicaments. Globalisation in terms of global trade with its long-distance transport to/from low-wage areas adds to the problem, as does mindless tourism, and industrialised farming and fishing, just to mention a few. In this situation, guidance must become part of the solution, rather than the problem. Social justice and career guidance are interdependent, and, though obviously embedded in social structures, even more profoundly linked to sustainability issues.
There will be input sessions from
Professor Peter Plant, NICEC International Fellow, who has written and spoken extensively on 'green guidance' and the urgent need for a paradigm shift to align career development practice with a greener and more sustainable future.
Dr Stefania Maggi, Carleton University, Ottawa, who argues that 'career guidance for kids is our best hope for climate change'.
Professor Tristram Hooley, NICEC Fellow, on building a space for green guidance in the curriculum: reflections on the development of the recent CDI framework.
Discussion and a finishing plenary on action that career development professionals can take in their own practice
There will also be an information pack on sustainable development initiatives in higher education, including from a student viewpoint, and on the extent to which employers address climate awareness in their recruitment processes.
A detailed programme will be posted here soon.
This event will be on the Zoom platform.