The Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners highlight the importance of acknowledging the diversity of people we meet when delivering guidance services.
They also stress that practitioners need to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to not only recognise diversity but also to respond to it effectively, thus furthering the social justice agenda.
In our conversation with Ronald Sultana, we will explore what social justice might mean in a world that has become increasingly characterised by inequality, and by a widening gap between the ‘have’ and the ‘have nots’. We will look into competing notions
of social justice, and how such different views – that we all explicitly or implicitly hold – have an impact on how we consider diversity, and how we respond to it when designing and delivering the services we offer.
It will be argued that professional standards are not mere competence targets to be ticked off in a technocratic manner.
Rather, they call upon us to critically examine the way we inhabit the world, and to take a clear stance in regard to the injustices that surround us.
This requires us to commit to emancipatory forms of career guidance that challenge mainstream notions promoted by the prevalent neoliberal order.