VISTAS Career Counseling and Development

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Challenges and Successes of the Youth Employment Crisis: A Global Introduction for Career Development Professionals

Rebecca M. Dedmond, Annie K. Smith, and Sania Frei-Harper


Addressing global youth unemployment requires an examination of the unique trends and challenges at play in both developing and developed countries. The breadth of economic impact on the labor market as well as training and educational deficits and successes are as diverse as nations themselves. This paper presents a brief look at this diversity on a global scale, highlighting emerging challenges as well as trends that have provided career development and employment opportunities for youth. The information gathered here also serves to present a challenge to career-focused helping professionals who wish to stay ahead of the plethora of information, and to help youth apply the knowledge of these opportunities towards their own successes, and to be an advocate for policy changes that promote youth employment.

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