Career Guidance and Livelihood Planning across the Mediterranean


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.

Free sample of two chapters from the book.

Open call for paper: NICEC journal

The call for the next issue of the NICEC journal has just come out. In order to enable a wide and varied spectrum of contributions, there is no specific theme identified for this issue. Accordingly, papers are invited on any subject related to career development.

Topics could include:

  • Innovation in concepts or theories
  • Current labour market issues 
  • The organisation, management or marketing of career support services 
  • Public policy and careers work 
  • Specific contexts for practice (including school; university; welfare-to-work; careers within organisations) 
  • Innovation in service delivery; new tools, technologies and models 
  • Global or international perspectives  
  • Social justice, critical pedagogical and emancipatory practices 
  • The role of learning in the support of career development 
  • Fresh critical perspectives 
  • New case studies and other empirical work 
  • The training and education of practitioners  
  • Professionalism 
  • Any other topic related to career development

Potential authors should note the following deadlines:

  • Expressions of interest supported by an article title and brief abstract (100 words) – 22nd May 2017
  • Full draft article – 19th June 2017
  • Final manuscript – 14th August 2017

For enquiries and expressions of interest, please contact the editor,  Pete Robertson: