I have recently published a chapter in a new book called Education and Technological Unemployment.
This is an important book that addresses head on some of the big issues about how technology is changing education and work.
In it I have contributed a chapter called Career guidance and the changing world of work: Contesting responsibilising notions of the future. The chapter argues that career guidance practitioners are interested in how the world of work is changing and concerned about threats of technological unemployment. It goes on to argue that the career guidance field is strongly influenced by a ‘changing world of work’ narrative, which is drawn from a wide body of grey literature produced by think tanks, supra-national bodies and other policy influencers. This body of literature is political in nature and describes the future of work narrowly and within the frame of neoliberalism.
The ‘changing world of work’ narrative is explored through a thematic analysis of grey literature and promotional materials for career guidance conferences. The chapter concludes by arguing that career guidance needs to adopt a more critical stance on the ‘changing world of work’ and to offer more emancipatory alternatives.
If you are at a university or institution, it would be great if you could buy the book. For everyone else I’ve put a pre-publication version of the chapter on the University of Derby research repository.