Subjective v Objective Perceptions

It is interesting in my career development studies to see the importance of subjective career narratives to help people connect their past and their futures.  At the same time it is curious that objective perspectives are left to the career coach, more related to program development and evaluation that individual censure.

The dialect between the two is important, because we bring all of ourselves into our careers, no matter the level of paid work that we do. 

I continue to be amazed by the things that can be done with technology nowadays.  It seems there is an almost limitless array of experience-building activities from courses and skills to networking and surveys, that can be achieved online.

At the same time, I wonder why the subjects that are studied at school seem to be so unrelated to employment opportunities in the local area.  A quick look at the highest employing careers show that retail is just over 10% and university lecturing around 3%.  Surprisingly, medical doctors did not feature in the statistics. 

Retail is part of supply chain management for daily groceries and big-ticket items such as white goods, cars, even houses, I expect.  Yet it is only recently that supply chain management has become an area where qualifications can be obtained online and locally.

I wonder how these things can be investigated and connected as part of the labour market perspective needed by career development students and teachers.  Fortunately, government websites are readily available and some guides are provided.  Although I can’t help but wonder how helpful it is to make job market information readily available as a take-away for students when the issues are more with personal barriers to self-direction.  Otherwise, all you would need to do is send your child to a local school and start grooming them to become teachers at that school to have a ready supply of information about where the paying jobs are.

Whereas the Department of Primary industries is largely the educational resource provider for the agricultural industry, it is interesting that schools are now becoming the entry point for labour market information.  I’m not sure how this is in the best interests of long-term growth and stability, as a basic approach.  Yet, it’s not as if librarians and information managers actually handle information that people can readily apply, without some induction into literacy and cultural values.

I wonder whether being a career teacher is just like being a jobs librarian?  You build personal relationships, maintain client confidentiality, support personal growth and allow people to find their own way by pointing to resources and experiences.


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