The Supply and Demand for Career Interventions as a Social Justice Issue

Society for Vocational Psychology (SVP) Conference Part 5 of 8

James P. Sampson, Jr. Florida [...]Stuate University. Career practitioners seek to help those individuals who come to them for assistance in making career choices. From a social justice perspective, is it enough to provide quality assistance to those who seek help or is more required of us as professionals? In other words, “Who are we responsible for as career practitioners? Are we responsible only for the clients who come through our door, or are we responsible for the citizens in our society who need help with career choices?” (Sampson, 2009). These are important social justice questions; however, they are philosophical in nature. We need to take a more evidence-based approach that examines data on the supply of career practitioners in relation to the demand for career assistance, while taking into account evidence of the cost-effectiveness of career interventions.

This talk examines the supply and demand of career interventions using a hypothetical career service in a university of 15,000 students and a hypothetical career one-stop center in a city of 100,000 people. The goal is to clarify how the time associated with delivering various career interventions impacts the capacity for meeting demand.

Hosted by School of Education on November 4-6, 2011.

Tags: conference, School of Education, sed, vocational psychology, svp, james p. sampson, career intervention

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