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In: Career Guidance and Livelihood Planning across the Mediterranean

This chapter introduces the goals and aspirations for this volume, showing how the different chapters build on earlier studies of career guidance in the region in an effort to develop theoretically informed accounts of the field as it is conceived and practised in context. The value of using the Mediterranean as a lens through which to consider career guidance is discussed, suggesting that by so doing, new insights can be generated that promote a deeper understanding of what career guidance might involve, and the forms and shapes it can assume. Such intellectual labour, it is argued, is necessary if we are to develop Southern perspectives, which can serve to trouble mainstream understandings of what career guidance entails, particularly if context-sensitive accounts of the public and private benefits of guidance are to be articulated.

In: Career Guidance and Livelihood Planning across the Mediterranean

This chapter provides a more detailed account of some of the key characteristics that mark the Mediterranean region, which shape and define career education and guidance, its appeal as a policy tool to address, in particular, youth transitions, and the context-sensitive forms it might take in order to serve private and public good. More specifically, such factors as economic inequality, demography, migratory flows, the structure of the labour market, the nature of political regimes, sociocultural environments, education, and globalisation are examined in detail. In outlining some of the more relevant aspects of context, the chapter pulls together important insights provided by the contributors to this volume, complementing these by drawing on an extensive literature base that provides a wider canvas against which the different chapters can be read. While attention is given to both European and Arab Mediterranean countries, the focus is mainly on the latter, with efforts made to highlight similarities and differences between the two shores when such comparisons serve to generate relevant insights.

In: Career Guidance and Livelihood Planning across the Mediterranean
Volume Editor: Ronald G. Sultana
A score of prominent educators from South Europe and the Middle East and North Africa region speak about their upbringing, their educational and professional journeys, their academic achievements, and their struggles in order to enhance democracy, justice and equity in their countries and across the Mediterranean. The interviews in this volume shed light on educational movements, challenges, and aspirations in a region that is attaining increasing importance geo-politically, and in comparative and international studies. These are powerful and critical voices, providing readers with fresh, often unexpected insights about contexts, cultures, and convictions that deserve global attention. The interviews with these men and women inform, intrigue, but above all inspire, calling, as they do, for an earnest commitment to a vision of education as a transformative, democratising force. In contrast to the global, totalising discourse that has increasingly defined education in narrowly economistic terms, here are the beginnings of alternative agendas, inviting citizens to ‘read’ and decode the world around them, and to confront power, wherever it lies. In doing so, the educators in this volume draw upon and put at our disposal a wide array of theoretical lenses, nimbly weaving these within a narrative that speaks about a lifetime lived in the hope of making a difference. These, then, are vivid, engaging, and reflexive accounts, emerging from contexts where democracy has only recently taken root, if at all, and from a region that has come to symbolize the return of the political, and the reclaiming of the public sphere as a site for transformation, contestation, revolt, and hope.
Volume Editor: Ronald G. Sultana
Perhaps no other challenge preoccupies governments and citizens in the Mediterranean region than the mass unemployment of young people, many of who have invested in higher education in the hope that ability and effort lead to fulfilling lives. Transitions to independent adulthood are, however, frustratingly long drawn-out, and often jeopardised by labour markets that are neither youth-friendly nor meritocratic. While such challenges require structural responses at the macro-economic level, career education and guidance have an important role to play in addressing both the public and private good, and in furthering the social justice agenda. This volume provides a state-of-the-art review of career education and guidance in Southern Europe and the Middle East and North Africa Region, presenting a multi-faceted portrayal of the situation in each country as well as overviews of cross-cutting themes that are especially relevant to context, such as women’s career development in the Arab states, job placement support for refugees, and the impact of faith on livelihood planning.
In: Educators of the Mediterranean......Up Close and Personal
In: Educators of the Mediterranean......Up Close and Personal

This chapter reflects on the fund of regional and international knowledge about career guidance that this volume has contributed to. It highlights the opportunities for learning that can result from such comparative study, not only for those inhabiting the contexts that have been the object of analysis, but also for career guidance and development specialists further afield. The chapter then goes on to pull together the different themes and issues raised by the authors, identifying common concerns and challenges, and teasing out the implications that these have for understanding career guidance, especially in relation to youth transitions, across the Mediterranean region. In doing so, the chapter notes some of the more salient gaps and absences, signposting areas for further research in the quest for a more meaningful articulation of context-sensitive career guidance policy and practice. It is argued that the project of developing regional perspectives on career guidance can generate fresh insights into ways transitions throughout the life course can be supported, ensuring that aspirations for social justice and wellbeing are fulfilled.

In: Career Guidance and Livelihood Planning across the Mediterranean
In: Career Guidance and Livelihood Planning across the Mediterranean
In: Career Guidance and Livelihood Planning across the Mediterranean