Career and education decision-making of non-participants and their networks
A strong theme in the life stories of the people who took part in the research reported in this book was a description of the decision-making processes that they use to help them navigate their compulsory and non-compulsory education and their career pathways. This chapter will examine what we mean by career and careers education and how research on decision-making about careers and education has informed our understanding of the processes involved. The process of career learning will be explored and it will be illustrated with reference to the individual stories and network histories of the participants in our study. An analysis of the social networks has enabled us to identify the sources of information, advice and guidance that people use in their decision-making and from this we offer an analysis of career decision-making based on a social capital perspective.