Four ‘dirty words’ in career guidance: from common sense to good sense

  title={Four ‘dirty words’ in career guidance: from common sense to good sense},
  author={Ronald G. Sultana},
  journal={International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance},
  pages={1 - 19}
  • R. Sultana
  • Published 17 June 2022
  • Sociology
  • International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance
This paper focuses on commonly used terms in career guidance in order to examine the impact they can have on the way problems are conceptualised and consequently on the solutions that are envisaged. Four such terms are considered, namely ‘vulnerability’, ‘resilience’, ‘employability’, and ‘activation’. Drawing on critical social theory, this paper explores the relationship between language, thought, and action. It demonstrates the intimate relationship of the four terms to the neoliberal agenda… 
Closing Commentary, Opening Conversations: Liminal Reflections on Decent Work, Emerging Adulthood, and Social Justice
This paper engages with and reacts to the five papers authored by the UNITWIN research teams responsible for this special issue. It highlights some of the key concepts, themes, and analyses in regard


The protean career: A quarter-century journey
Graduates' employment and the discourse of employability: a critical analysis
In a context of considerable changes in the labour market and higher education sector in the UK, a discourse of employability has become increasingly dominant. Universities are urged to ensure that
Employability in a Knowledge-driven Economy
Abstract This article examines the concept of employability. The recent policy emphasis on employability rests on the assumption that the economic welfare of individuals and the competitive advantage
Learning career management skills in Europe: a critical review
Career management skills (CMS) are increasingly touted as necessary for all citizens, young and adult, particularly given the realities of employment and self-employment in a knowledge-based society,
The Amazing Bounce-Backable Woman: Resilience and the Psychological Turn in Neoliberalism
This article examines the growing prominence accorded to the idea of ‘resilience’ as a regulatory ideal, locating it in the context of a ‘turn to character’ in contemporary culture which we see as
Young people and UK labour market policy: A critique of ‘employability’ as a tool for understanding youth unemployment
This paper presents a critical analysis of the contemporary policy focus on promoting employability among young people in the UK. Drawing on analysis of UK policy approaches to tackling youth
Giving notice to employability
The neoliberal notion of employability has risen to prominence over the past 20 years, having been positioned as the crux of national, organizational and individual prosperity. To be employable,
Resilience as embedded neoliberalism: a governmentality approach
This article looks at resilience as a form of governmentality. In particular, it is concerned to show that resilience, despite its claims to be about the operation of systems, is, in practice, closer
A systematic review of current understandings of employability
A theoretical framework is essential for the effective evaluation of employability. However, there are a wide range of definitions of employability coexisting in current literature. A review into
Language Violence and Nonviolence
Violence is a subject we all like to think is not a huge issue but know in the back of our minds that it is prevalent throughout the world for various reasons. However, what we do not often consider