Contributing to the site

The Career Guidance and Social Justice site was created following the publication of Career Guidance for Social Justice and Career Guidance for Emancipation. It has served as part of the promotion of these two books, but has also housed opinion pieces, essays, resources and materials inspired by, and in tune with, the books.

The site is now building on the ideas contained within the books and act as a space for the community of people interested in career guidance and social justice to share ideas. It is also a place to collect examples of practice and reflections on those practices.

The site is aimed at all practitioners and researchers who are involved in delivering, researching, supporting and theorizing career guidance. There is no single ideological or theoretical line that defines the site. Rather all materials posted on the site should demonstrate a concern with social justice and have a clear relevance to career and career guidance.

If you are interested in writing for the site please contact one of the editors with a short outline of what you would like to write.

Style guide

This is blog rather than an academic article or textbook. There are no ‘hard rules’ on blogging style, but the following should be helpful in guiding the editors.

  • We welcome a wide range of different media on the site including essays, interviews, films, audio files, drawings and learning resources.
  • Most content should be short (less than 1000 words). It is fine for some to be very short (e.g. just a paragraph or two and direction to a useful resource).
  • Some blog posts are longer reads (probably 1000-3000 words). These should be broken up with sub-headings to make them easier for people to digest.
  • Use an informal style where appropriate.
  • We aim for posts to be able to be accessed by as wide a range of people as possible. Ideally  posts should be in English (or include an English translation). But we are willing to include any posts submitted in a language that one of the editors can access (contact us if you are interested in submitting). Where a translation into a second (or more) language can be provided that is great.
  • Posts should hyperlink to other resources. Footnotes and bibliographies should not normally be used.

Tell us about your practice

One of the things that we are most keen to feature on the site is examples of practices that are informed by the ideas of social justice. Typically these pieces will be between 300-1000 and will explain what you have done, why it connects to social justice and what happened when you tried it out.

These contributions are designed for practitioners and don’t need to use any theory or academic references (unless you really want to). Ideally they will give enough information to allow other people to try out what you have done in their context.

If you are able to share any resources, slides and pictures as part of your contribution that would be great.

You can write your contribution in any format that you want. But, if you aren’t sure where to start it might be useful to imagine it as an interview and to use some of these questions (and any others that you find useful).

  • Who are you? Where do you live and work? How did you get involved in career guidance?
  • Can you describe your practice context? What group do you work with? Who is funding what you do? Where does it take place?
  • How do you see social justice? What role do you think that it has in career guidance practice?
  • What did you do? How did your practice work? Who delivered it? What resources did they have? How long did it take? How did it advance the social justice agenda?
  • Why did you do it? What were you specifically trying to change or challenge? How does it relate to social justice? Is it connected to particular policy or organisational aims? What inspired you or influenced you? Have you been involved in any training on social justice? Did you reach out and connect to any individuals, organisations or campaigns to help you in your practice?
  • What went well? What aspects worked effectively? Did it meet the aims that you were hoping for? Did participants like it? Did the participants benefit from being involved? Did you change or challenge any structures that might make a difference for the future?
  • What did you learn? What went wrong? What surprised you? What barriers did you experience? Did anyone try and stop you from doing what you did?
  • Would you/do you do it again?
  • What advice would you give to others if they wanted to do something similar?
  • What else do you want to tell us?