Sustainable decent work

Date : 02 June 2017
Event Type : Workshop
Time : 10:00 – 12:00

“Jobs, jobs and jobs are the dividing line in many families between a decent life and a wretched existence. They are, to many, the difference between self-esteem and helplessness.” (Nelson Mandela, President’s budget debate, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 20 June 1996.)

In the current world of work, there are some challenging questions that need to be answered:

  • How can career and life design interventions contribute to ensuring sustainable decent work?
    Answers to this question revolve around trying to examine the impact of the differences between self-esteem and helplessness – in other words, how does the relative importance of individuals compare with the relative importance of their contexts?
  • What can counsellors do in this regard and how can they do it?
    The answer depends on how counsellors believe they should utilize anticipation (as a task) of what they need to develop theoretically and to apply practically in real-life contexts.

The task to define the appropriate realm of sustainable decent work should be a multi-disciplinary exercise and a pluri-methodological approach should be considered. Examples of how this aim can be achieved will be discussed. The presentation will be concluded by a discussion of some challenges related to the anticipation of a better future.

About the presenter:

Maria Eduarda Duarte is a Full Professor at the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Psychology (Portugal), where she directs the Master’s Course in the Psychology of Human Resources, Work, and Organizations. Her professional interests include career psychology theory and research, with special emphasis on issues relevant to adults and the world of work. As Research Director of Career Guidance and Development of Human Resources Services, her publications and presentations include topics related to adults’ career problems, testing and assessment, and the counselling process. She has been Chair of the Portuguese Psychological Society since 2005 and she served and still serves on editorial boards for some Portuguese, European, and Iberia-American journals. She is a former Director of the National Institute of Guidance (2009-2014), and currently President of the Counselling Division, IAAP. She is a Fellow Award IAAP (2014), and received the ESVDC award in 2015. She has been the National Defence Adviser since 2006.

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