Narrative identity: writing the self in career learning

Reinekke Lengelle, Frans Meijers

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We propose that writing can be employed to foster the kind of career learning required in the twenty-first century. The article offers insights into how writing exercises and approaches can be applied to help students construct their career stories in a way that allows them to engage in a dialogical learning process and work in a self-directed way. Creative, expressive and reflective writing practices are described and parallels are drawn between these and existing practices and theories in narrative career counselling. Key exercises in graduate courses for writing for personal development are discussed and a theoretical explanation is given as to why a particular order of approaches and exercises works best to promote career learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-72
Number of pages21
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan. 2014


  • career education
  • career guidance
  • creativity
  • identity
  • narrative approaches


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