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The well-being outcomes of career guidance

Robertson, Peter J.



The potential for career guidance to impact on well-being has received insufficient attention in the UK. There are both conceptual and empirical reasons to expect that the impacts may be positive, but a lack of evidence directly testing this proposition. Career guidance has commonalities with therapeutic counselling
suggesting analogous effects, and it promotes positive engagement in work and learning, which may be associated with health benefits. There are implications for services in reconciling health and employment objectives. However, the promotion of well-being need not imply quasi-clinical ways of working. A call is made for more research and debate in the career guidance community as to the extent and implications of the potentially important relationship between career guidance and well-being.


Robertson, P. J. (2013). The well-being outcomes of career guidance. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 41(3), 254-266.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 4, 2013
Online Publication Date Mar 19, 2013
Publication Date 2013-06
Deposit Date Sep 9, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 12, 2016
Journal British Journal of Guidance & Counselling
Print ISSN 0306-9885
Electronic ISSN 1469-3534
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 3
Pages 254-266
Keywords career guidance, career counselling, positive psychology, emotions,
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