A critical review of contemporary concepts of agency in the field of career guidance: life-design counselling and a systems theory framework

Anna Dorota Bilon-Piórko*, Rie Thomsen

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Abstract

The purpose of career guidance includes the support of citizens’ agency. In this article, we develop a framework for analysing the internal structure of agency within career guidance theory. This framework is inspired by relational sociology. The approach is used in an analysis of two contemporary career guidance theories: the systems theory framework (STF) and life-design counselling (LDC). The analyses show that the practical-evaluative dimension of agency in the two theories can be honed. This dimension of agency explores responses to current demands and contingencies. We conclude that the proposed approach was constructive in developing a deeper understanding of the conceptualisation of agency in career guidance theory.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Volume50
Issue4
Pages (from-to)533-546
Number of pages14
ISSN0306-9885
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Agency
  • career guidance
  • life-design
  • relational sociology
  • systems theory framework

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