Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Monday, May 23, 2011

What's the Evidence for Career Interventions?

If we ask what evidence is then let's look at famous work by the "world's most cited living psychologist" [1], Albert Bandura, his Bobo doll experiment.[2] Just notice for our purposes that it's a controlled experiment; ie, there's a control condition. We tend to believe its results because we can show statistically that the treatments make a difference.

Now, what do we see in the way of evidence in 'our' world, the world of career and employment interventions? Of course there is some, meagre statistical evidence for some elements of what we do. However, mainly we are driven by governments that seem to be trying to rationalise or save money ... or who knows what?