- Academic, Higher Education Professional
- Cambridgeshire , East of England
Research-and-development requires that findings are validated by how well they work in practice. I apply that test to enabling career management. It reveals how little can be done unless careers workers take account of locality, family experience, social allegiances and on-line life.
People do not gain control of their own lives without taking account of other people’s lives. And those other people are first and most significantly encountered in social enclaves – commonly in neighbourhoods. I am therefore increasingly working in communities.
I look for three features: formal and informal learning opportunities; the positive and negative meanings that people ascribe to them; and how the resulting beliefs, values and expectations become the bases for the purposes pursued in life.
I find that no two localities are entirely alike in these respects. I also find the approach useful when issues of fair access to opportunity are at stake.
I do not allow lack of funding to hold this work back. And its research-and-development methods will be made freely available. Meanwhile you can find the background research on the homepage of my website – http://www.hihohiho.com.