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ICCDPP Symposium 2017: Key Outcomes – Associations Paper: APCDA (Asia Pacific Career Development Association)

The information contained within this report is primarily self-reported.

The structures of work opportunity are undergoing massive changes in most countries. Information and communications technology have significantly changed how organisations and businesses function. The local and national economies are affected by the global economy in ways that could not have been envisaged 30 years ago. Many people struggle to make a living. Incomes have been stuck for many years while the cost of living is steadily increasing. Wealth and income inequality is growing with wealth increasingly concentrated among a small percentage of the population. Youth unemployment and underemployment rates are universally high. Career pathways are very unclear. There remains a disconnection between education & training and the world of work, and between career development practitioners in all sectors and employers. The era of the 4th Industrial Revolution and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has arrived. Automation is increasingly encroaching and reshaping work in many economic sectors. The future of work is uncertain and unclear.

To deal with these issues above, we need to seek approaches and methods that meet individual career needs and produce measurable results that are practical and socially relevant for individuals and societies. The career development sector addresses the challenges of bridging the supply and demand sided of the labour market and enhancing the prospects of
our economy and society. It equips individuals to make educational, training and work choices that will afford them decent work and future opportunity and helps employers to access qualified and productive workers.

How is the career development sector in your country facing the challenge of being relevant and current in the context of such massive change? How have the personal, social and economic impacts of its programs and services been demonstrated and/or transformed in response to changes in the labour market? What can funders and policy makers realistically expect from programs and services provided within the sector? What can the public and employers realistically expect? What are the implications for policy and practice going forward?



Publisher: International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy

About Lucie Morillon

Lucie Morillon is the Bilingual Content & Communications Co-ordinator for CERIC. With a passion for quality content, she connects with her online communities and provides strong resources to engage members – and always encourages new ones to get involved. She identifies, creates and curates the content destined for the ContactPoint website, the weekly CareerWise newsletter and Careering magazine.

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