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Developing Career Management Skills in Vocational Education for Newly Arrived Immigrants
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Society, Culture and Identity (SKI).
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Society, Culture and Identity (SKI).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0018-8720
2023 (English)In: The 1st work science meeting, Malmö University, Book of abstact / [ed] Sandra Jönsson, Malmö University, 2023Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
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The aim of this article is to investigate how newly arrived immigrants’ career learning is implemented and organized in an education reform that focus on work first. As a case,we chose to study the newly launched Combination Education. From this we specify these research questions: 1) How can career counselling support students career learning? 2)How does cooperation between the counsellors and teachers work? 3) Which are the organizational conditions for career learning? The method used was qualitative. First, we made 29 interviews with career counsellors from 22 different municipalities. These interviews were made over the web using the tool Zoom. In the second part, we made IRL visits to 5 municipalities and interviewed 31 persons, who worked as career counsellors, teachers, headmasters, operations managers, and coordinators. In a labour market paradigm that focus on workfare, incentives, and work first, less notice is given to the transition from school to work and the recruitment practice. In such a labour market paradigm, career learning may be devalued. By using a Program Theory framework and setting up the Program Logic for the education programme, we found its critical points.These are 1) when the student applies to the Combination Education, and 2) when the student ends Combination Education and make the transition to work life. To make sustainable career choices, the individual need to have Career Management Skills (CMS), and to develop CMS, the student must have had the opportunity to develop his or hercareer learning. Further, to develop career learning in a wider and broader sense, the cooperation of different professional groups is needed. This cooperation must have organizational and structural conditions, and not depend on individuals. As several other studies and government reports have noticed (e.g., Parliamentary Committee on Education 2018; Swedish Schools Inspectorate 2013) the governing and management of career guidance and counselling (CGC) is weak, and the career counsellor often left alone and isolated. When it comes to Combination Education, we found that managing documents are rare, which shows a lack of interest from the managing level in the municipality.

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Malmö University, 2023.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-63498ISBN: 978-91-7877-430-2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-63498DiVA, id: diva2:1810213
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The 1st work science meeting, Malmö University, September 29, 2023
Available from: 2023-11-07 Created: 2023-11-07 Last updated: 2023-11-13Bibliographically approved

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