NICE Professional Roles
The NICE Professional Roles (NPRs) together represent what we consider the professional roles of career practitioners across Europe. They offer a broad definition of the central roles and responsibilities of career practitioners. To live up to their societal mission, all career practitioners should be able to perform in each of the NPRs to a greater or lesser extent (NICE 2012, p. 48). Each of the NPRs is important for the practice of career guidance and counselling (CGC). In Figure 1, this is symbolized through a large circle, which unites the five roles as central aspects of the CGC profession.
Figure 1 illustrates the five professional roles of career practitioners. Career practitioners can switch between these professional roles at work, sometimes combining them, sometimes focusing on a particular role.
- Career Counselling describes the professional role of career practitioners to support people in making sense of the situations they are experiencing, working through issues towards solutions, making difficult career decisions, and realising personal change.
- Career Education describes the professional role of career practitioners to support people in developing their career management competences, i.e. the competences, which they need for career-related learning and development.
- Career Assessment & Information describes the professional role of career practitioners to support people in attaining relevant information about themselves (e.g. their interests, talents and competences), the labour market, and educational or vocational options – depending on their individual information needs.
- Social Systems Interventions describes the professional role of career practitioners to support people and organisations in designing and developing adequate career pathways.
- Career Service Management describes the professional role of career practitioners to manage and assure the quality of their work.
Rights and References
Which rights does NICE reserve concerning the NPRs?
The NICE Professionals Roles (NPRs) are open educational resources provided by NICE. NICE reserves the rights to actualize the NPRs regularly and publish translations. The use of the NPRs for purposes of accreditation, training and certification is welcome, provided the source is acknowledged.
How should this information be cited in publications?
To cite the ECS, please refer to NICE (2016): European Competence Standards for the Academic Training of Career Practitioners. NICE Handbook Volume II, edited by C. Schiersmann, S. Einarsdóttir, J. Katsarov, J. Lerkkanen, R. Mulvey, J. Pouyaud, K. Pukelis, and P. Weber. Barbara Budrich Publishers: Opladen, Berlin, Toronto. ISBN: 978-3-8474-0504-7 (Paperback). eISBN: 978-3-8474-0925-5 (eBook).
Further Resources and References:
The first version of the NPRs was published by NICE in 2012. In Chapter 4.1 of NICE Handbook Volume I, the NPRs are discussed from a theoretical perspective.