An investigation into the skills & competencies needed by career professionals to deliver internet-based guidance
Abstract • Jenny Bimrose, An investigation into the skills and competencies needed by career professionals to deliver internet-based guidance. • Tannis Goddard, Online career counselling: Developing a pedagogy for e-career learning. • Tristram Hooley, Careering through the web: Career exploration and the role of careers services This symposia will explore the role of the careers worker or guidance professional in supporting online career learning. The presentations will set out a vision of how career learning can take place on the web through a variety of technologies and practices. The presenters will discuss the social actions of giving (information, content and advice) and getting (making meaning and leaning) with consideration to how these activities are altered by moving career guidance into online spaces. The session will ask how far it is possible to translate existing guidance practices and pedagogies online and where these need to be re-imagined. The growth of social media has also delivered the power to create online content and develop materials for web users at large. With a change in the time and space of online interactions, the learning dynamic becomes more personally defined and this invites further consideration about the blended interplay of online and offline career learning as a socially situated practice. Within these changing contexts, it is critical to ask what role the professional career guidance practitioner assumes and what resources they can draw on from their existing practice and the new environment to support the development of high quality career learning. The role of the practitioner is further impacted by the design of online spaces and how the client and practitioner come together in a co-constructive process. Critical to this discussion is the consideration of practitioner skills and competencies for effectively participating in online space with clients. The presenters will provide a discussion framework for internet-based career learning focused on design and delivery approaches that locate these emerging questions Key topics to be covered include: • how to develop a common vocabulary for online guidance and career learning; • the interface between e-learning and e-guidance – pedagogical and practical considerations; • blended guidance – how we can draw together e-guidance with face-to-face guidance; • the nature of the web 2.0 world; • digital literacy and the digital natives; • practitioner competencies and skills relevant to internet-based guidance; and • the implications for ‘expertise’ in the careers intervention.
Bimrose, Jenny An investigation into the skills & competencies needed by career professionals to deliver internet-based guidance. In: The IAEVG-Jiva International Conference, Bangalore, India, 8-10 Oct 2010