In the meantime we’ve written a blog for the Trotman blog which offers a sneak peak into the sort of material that will be in the book.
Why does good quality career support matter?
We are learning about our careers all the time. The next time you stand up in front of a class, some students will be deciding that they want to be a teacher or a careers professional, while others will be deciding that this is something that they definitely don’t want to do. Pretty much everything that happens in our life has the potential to influence our thinking about our career. Young people are soaking up these influences all of the time, from the internet, the TV, their parents and their friends. But, these kinds of influences tend to be limited by young people’s own networks and by the media that they are exposed to. This means that there are whole areas of the labour market that young people never hear about and that lots of what they do learn about how work operates is second hand and filtered through fairly unreliable sources. TV is full of dramas and comedies about hospitals and various kinds of cop shows, but your students would be well advised to view these as, at best, a very partial source of career information. This is even true of the so-called ‘reality’ shows which students might be inclined to trust more. Your careers programme should engage with these media representations, but also offer some alternatives.