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Career Development as Freedom

Robertson, Peter



This lecture explores the Capability Approach and its potential to provide a way of thinking about career development that links theory, practice, and policy. Considering theory first, the Capability Approach provides a broad-brush way of looking at how people’s careers are going. It shows how they can be supported to take steps towards
doing what they want to do, being what they want to be, and leading a life that they have reason to value. Turning next to practice, the Capability Approach can describe how pragmatic guidance helps people to recognise and build on their strengths, broaden their options, and make choices aligned with their values. The key role of autonomy and freedom in ethical practice will be highlighted. Finally, it will explore the potential for the Capability Approach to inform how the career development profession engages with public policy in a way that is attuned to the politics of freedom, and to the new economics of the 21st Century.


Robertson, P. (2023, December). Career Development as Freedom. Presented at iCEGS annual lecture 2023, University of Derby

Presentation Conference Type Presentation / Talk
Conference Name iCEGS annual lecture 2023
Start Date Dec 5, 2023
End Date Dec 5, 2023
Acceptance Date Dec 1, 2023
Online Publication Date Jan 9, 2024
Publication Date Jan 9, 2024
Deposit Date Jun 13, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jun 13, 2024
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords Career Development; Capability Approach; Freedom
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This output contributes to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-Being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

SDG 4 - Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong opportunities for all

SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries


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