Career development has always been strongly influenced by government policy. But it is only in the last 25 years that a policy studies perspective has been applied to the field. It is also only in this time that the career development profession has learnt to engage with policymakers and seek to influence government decisions. The foundation of the International Centre for Career Development in Public Policy (ICCDPP) was an important step forward. International comparative studies in the early years of the 21st century conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation (OECD), the World Bank, and European Union have strengthened this effort considerably.
These studies helped to establish an international consensus as to the goals of public policy. This important contribution was based observing current policy arrangements, and listening to what governments say that they are trying to achieve, in relation to the provision of career development services for their populations. This reflects current thinking among policymakers. In this presentation, a case will be made for building on and expanding our conception, beyond current government thinking. There are valuable contributions to society that career development services could make which are currently not recognised by governments. Drawing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a systematic framework of six types of policy goal for career development services will be proposed. This has contemporary relevance, and is applicable globally, including in developing and emerging economies.
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