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A capability approach to career development: An introduction and implications for practice

Robertson, Peter J; Egdell, Valerie


Valerie Egdell


In the UK, the concept of employability is influential in current conceptualizations of career development. It is an example of a discourse underpinned by faith in individual transformation as a response to unstable labour markets, a position that is not unproblematic when structural factors are taken into account. This article introduces an alternative perspective, the Capability Approach (CA), to encourage debate about its value, and to begin to outline what it means for career counselling and development practice. An overview of the CA is provided, and the resonance between the concerns of the CA and those of career development practitioners will be highlighted. Key difficulties in applying the approach are identified before implications of the CA for practice are considered.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 28, 2017
Online Publication Date Sep 24, 2018
Publication Date Oct 1, 2018
Deposit Date Mar 28, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 28, 2017
Journal Australian Journal of Career Development
Print ISSN 1038-4162
Electronic ISSN 2200-6974
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 3
Pages 119-126
Keywords Capability approach, career counselling, career development, employability, social justice,
Public URL
Contract Date Mar 28, 2017


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Copyright Statement
This article was accepted for publication in the Australian Journal of Career Development in February 2017. It is a pre-publication version, prior to final copy editing.

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