A model of career counselors to tackle unemployment after the COVID-19 pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented economic disruption and unemployment around the world, and career counselors may be challenged to determine how best to provide effective career counseling to the unemployed in the post-COVID-19 world. In an article published in Employment Journal, experts suggest applying a holistic career counseling model that addresses the multiple needs of the long-term unemployed.

The model was developed to address similar problems that emerged in Greece after the 2008 financial crisis.

The authors note that career counselors should work at multiple levels – with individuals, employers, policy makers, and in the wider societal context – to provide effective career counseling.

“The full impact of the pandemic crisis on the world of work is yet to be seen. However, it is certain that career counseling will have to deal with a sharp rise in unemployment, and a holistic approach is crucial,” said lead author Nikos Drosos Dr., Assistant Professor at the European University in Cyprus . “As we have seen in the recent financial crisis in Greece, working with clients alone is not enough, and we need to take multilevel and multilateral interventions.”

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More information:
Nikos Drosos et al., Career Services in the Post-COVID – 19 Era: A Paradigm for Professional Counseling for the Unemployed, Employment Journal (2021). DOI: 10.1002 / joec.12156

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