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… 
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