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Careers guidance and social mobility in UK higher education: practitioner perspectives

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  • Fiona Christie
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2016
<mark>Journal</mark>British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Issue number1
Volume44
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)72-85
Publication statusPublished
Early online date18/03/15
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper reveals findings from a small-scale research project which explored how university careers advisers experience their role in guiding clients within a labour market where barriers to social mobility prevail. The research discovers that advisers' daily work gives them a depth of insight into social mobility. The professional turbulence in which advisers operate and the evolution of their role from in-depth work to a focus on breadth is chronicled. University environments vary with regard to the scope advisers have to impact lives, but a strong set of values anchors them. Recommendations are made with regard to how high quality careers information, advice and guidance can support social mobility for traditionally disadvantaged students into the labour market.