Narratives and Life Stories

International mobility and, at the same time, the current economic uncertainties around the world present new challenges for guidance practitioners. Stories are one of the first forms of learning that a child encounters in life. Throughout life, stories shape and characterize the ways in which we interact with people, society, and information. Stories are the "substance" of generations, history, and culture. They reflect our journey through life. (Webster L., Mertova P., 2007).

We all construct narratives out of our daily activities to help us remember, understand, categorize, and share experiences. In the guidance work with international students, the Narrative Counseling Approach provides a way to understand the diverse "worlds" of the students. In Narrative Counseling, the client is the person who provides the context.

Read more about the Life Story Approach to Career Guidance here!