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Theories into Practice

On the residential, you looked at the way career development theories inform the wide range of practices in career development and employability services, beginning with the fundmentals of service design. However our service is designed, these theories also inform ongoing developments and daily interactions. Here are some additional resources to support your consideration of theory and practice. Please use the comments function (at the bottom of the page) to share thoughts and reactions.


In your reading pack you will find a chapter by Wendy Patton:

Patton, W. (2008) Recent developments in career theories: the influences of constructivism and convergence, in J.A. Athanasou and R.V. Esbroeck, (eds.) International Handbook of Career Guidance. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

This chapter has been selected for its charting of philosophical assumptions of career theory and the move from a logical positivist base to a constructivist viewpoint, emphasising knowledge as subjective and situated meaning-making.

Patton presents bridging and integrative frameworks, partucularly her own work, with Mary McMahon, on a Systems Theory Framework (as discussed) and Mark Savickas's work on Career Construction Theory.

You can explore more about Systems Theory Framework in this film of the first part of a seminar that Mary McMahon ran for the Career Studies Unit in 2013:

 McMahon 1


You can explore Mark Savickas's work on Career Construction Theory, and particularly its identification of Career Adapt-Abilities in this lecture given at the 2013 Larios Conference:

savickas larios


Other readings and resources


The final chapter of the text by Richard Sharf, Applying Career Development Theory to Counseling, is available to students of this module through the University of Warwick library Course Extracts service here

A 2004 article from the Journal of Vocational Behavior by Kerr Inkson on 'Images of Career: nine key metaphors' is available here