Ronald Sultana has just edited an important new book looking at career guidance and livelihood planning around the Mediterranean.
This is particularly timely as governments and citizens in the Mediterranean region are very concerned about the mass unemployment of young people, many of who have invested in higher education in the hope that ability and effort lead to fulfilling lives. For this group transitions to independent adulthood are often long, drawn-out and jeopardised by labour markets that are neither youth-friendly nor meritocratic. While such challenges require structural responses at the macro-economic level, career education and guidance have an important role to play in addressing both the public and private good, and in furthering the social justice agenda.
This volume provides a state-of-the-art review of career education and guidance in Southern Europe and the Middle East and North Africa Region, presenting a multi-faceted portrayal of the situation in each country as well as overviews of cross-cutting themes that are especially relevant to context, such as women’s career development in the Arab states, job placement support for refugees, and the impact of faith on livelihood planning.
I have contributed a chapter entitled ‘The Saudi experiment with career guidance‘ which explores the current situation for career guidance in Saudi Arabia.
More information about Career Guidance and Livelihood Planning across the Mediterranean.