2. What am I going to share with you:
• The sustainability crisis and people’s discouragement - career guidance is the
• Green Guidance and a move towards Sustainable Career Guidance – living
”with” the world, not ”of ” the world
• Ideas for sustainable career guidance and career education
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3. Your presenter….
• Miriam Dimists, Consultant in
Career Guidance, Founder EAC
• External lecturer, Danish School
of Education, Aarhus University
• Career guidance programmes,
train-the-trainer, expert and
collegial supervision, strategic
advisor to careers leaders and
managers e.g. on sustainability and
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4. What future could we hope for?
It does not look too good - or
maybe it hasn’t looked better?
From crisis to potential!
Only a year ago.......The biggest challenge
in solving the climate/sustainability crisis
Gjerris: To make people understand
that with power over nature follows
Safran Foer: We have not been able to
tell captivating stories that have
engaged us or inspired our ethical
feelings toward nature and planet.
Our main preoccupation will always
be: ”What’s for lunch or dinner!”
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5. Global experience of
• Giordano: ”We are forced to recognize
that we are insolubly connected to all
people, and that our choices does not
only concern ourselves. In the age of
contagion we are one organism” (How
contagion works, 2020)
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6. Can career guidance solve the climate
crisis and instill people feelings of hope
Well, it was actually invented to help
people navigate and solve problems
in a modern globalized society!
Frank Parsons: Adressing
the ”new societal
problems” through career
inequality in education…
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7. Career guidance practitioners as social
– ”the lubricant of society”
Well, we need professionals and experts
to work towards solving it!
Without hope, there is no action, just
We need to build hope for both the
younger and older generations.
(Vocational hope – component in goal
setting/outcome expectations!) (Brown
”Hey, that is
actually what we
should we do
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8. Green guidance – a way
• Professor Peter Plant, University of South
Eastern Norway: Green guidance- a guidance
approach that in its’ delivery and content
seeks to benefit the environment
• ”Which jobs are green or can work in green
• Plant launched his idea in 1996…
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9. Green guidance in practice
To create attention to the
ecological effects of a specific
Being active in creating education
programmes and internships that
contribute positively to ecology and
That career guidance should have
green quality standards – and be
evaluated accordingly from green
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10. Green guidance -
• A lawyer working with
• A hairdresser working with
• A construction worker
working with environmentally
• A green keeper making
sustainable gardening in
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11. From green to sustainability
- a concept that has moved
Due to policy – SDG in 2015
Due to a young generation
growing up with this ‘information
campaign’ in formative years
Due to experiences and increased
awareness of changing climate,
inequality, poverty around the
Could we install sustainability in
our guidance ethos – how could
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12. Sustainable Career Guidance –
Careers in a broader scope (not
• In 1987 the UN Commision: Our common Future –
”The Brundtland Report”
“development which meets the needs of the
present without compromising the ability of
future generations to meet their own needs”
• Its’ about people - intergenerational solidarity
• Living “with” the world not “of” the world
• A categorical imperative – an ethics of duty
• And we need people to do this, so why not
through work and peoples’ careers!
Sustainable career guidance
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14. Sustainable career
- an expansion of the ‘green guidance’ -
• Just to focus on ”green” – the risk of
maintaining an anthropocene worldview ( I
am a human being – over there is
nature/nature is my ressource)
• ”Sustainable” career guidance underlines
the interconnectedness of human beings,
nature, culture, economy, labor market
The world is not ours – we are a part
of it! We need to live ”with” nature,
not ”of” nature (Gjerris 2019)
So how do we co-exist or exist with
each other in a sustainable way?
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Tasks to be solved
Where can career guidance
On a societal, and institutional
Provides recognition, acces,
support, perspectives Challenges
Advocacy for low skilled
workers – e.g. acces to
education and career guidance
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16. Tasks to be solved….
How can career guidance
contribute on an individual
level – in practice!
What do you see here?
I see careers! To achieve these goals
we need professionals to solve or
contribute to these goals
Idea for career education exercise -
You can’t be, what you can’t see!
Discuss and explore which jobs
and which education programmes
contribute to each of the goals (or
select some, and work with them)
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17. Tasks to be solved for sustainable careers and lives:
Hope, well being, self awareness
What do you see here?
I see interests, identity, communities, and
means of action (hope)!
Individual og collective guidance exercise:
Who am I?
How does the world work?
Where do I fit into the world?
How can I live with others?
How do I go about changing the
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18. Tasks to be solved
How can career guidance contribute to
innovation, entrepreneurship –
changing, inventing the future
1) Discuss your different worries, feelings of
injustice and indignation about society,
planet and people
2) Which jobs do we have to create to solve
3) Which creative inventions might solve this?
4) What kind of training do you need to make
5) Which professionals will be able to solve
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19. Bæredygtig karrierevejledning:
“career development which meets the needs of the present
without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their
1. What inspired you?
2. Where are the challenges?
3. How could you work with this in your
Discuss in Breakout-rooms 4-5 personer:
Thank you so much for listening! Stay well and
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