Career Guidance for Refugees in a Nordic Context

The Need to Emphasise a More Collective Approach

In: Career and Career Guidance in the Nordic Countries


This chapter will address the need for a more collective approach to the career counselling of refugees and immigrants arriving in the Nordic countries. In order to meet their needs, we must define the concept and purpose of career guidance in broader ways. Picture-based group guidance seems to be particularly relevant for refugees with limited educational backgrounds. Common career guidance sessions for couples generally seems to work really well. In a Nordic context we must be particularly aware that family relations play a central role in most refugees’ establishment of a new life in our societies. This might challenge the typical Nordic notion of integration as consensus and sameness.