“The role of information in career development” now available on the Napier Repository

The autumn/winter issue of the 2021 National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC) Journal is here, and I am glad to announce that my supervisory team and I have contributed an article to it!

The title of our contribution is “The role of information in career development”. In it, we provide an overview of the positioning of career information within the career development literature, and we argue that several aspects of career information use have been overlooked. Readers will spot some interesting dichotomies throughout the paper: information provision versus information use; lack of information versus information overload; career influences versus information sources and information behaviours. They will also find suggestions for further career information research throughout.

The full-text version of the paper is now available to download from the Edinburgh Napier Repository, and can be cited as:

Milosheva, M., Robertson, P., Cruickshank, P. & Hall, H. (2021). The role of information in career development. Journal of the Institute for Career Education and Counselling, 47(1), 12-20. https://doi.org/10.20856/jnicec.4703

It can also be accessed through Ingenta Connect.

The decision to write this paper was prompted by my attendance at the 2021 European Doctoral Programme in Career Guidance and Counselling (ECADOC) Summer School. In discussing my PhD research with career development scholars, career counselling students, and career practitioners, I saw that there was widespread interest and enthusiasm in learning more about the role of information in career development (hence the title of the paper!). All of the attendees I spoke to had some experience of providing career information to others, and were keen to know more about information literacy skills, as well as the means by which the career development profession can make use of recent technological developments. By virtue of working within the Library and Information Science (LIS) specialism, I was approached for career information advice, and seen as a bit of a Career Information, Advice, and Guidance (CIAG) expert. It was nice to share what I know with others!

Many of the conversations I had and the questions I got were used as inspiration for writing this paper. Special thanks are due to Dr Phil McCash, the editor of the NICEC Journal, who saw merit in this work, and accepted it for publication. Many thanks, also, to Anna Pallin, a PhD student at the Department of Applied Educational Science at Umeå universitet, Sweden, who has been acting as a sounding board for my career information ideas!

Click here to read the paper.

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