2017 Plenary Speakers

Jean Guichard 

Career and Life Design interventions for “Transforming our World”

About Jean Guichard:

Jean Guichard is Emeritus Professor of Vocational Psychology and Career Counseling at the Institut National d’Etude du Travail et d’Orientation Professionnelle (INETOP: National Institute for the Study of Work and Vocational Counseling), a department of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM: National Conservatory of Applied Technologies) in Paris, France. He used to be in charge of this institute (from 1996 to 2001). Currently, he is in charge of the UNESCO Chair on Lifelong Guidance and Counselling of the University of Wroclaw (Poland).

Born in 1948, Jean Guichard studied philosophy and psychology at the University of Lille (France). He became then a school and career counselor. In 1982, he defended his doctoral dissertation (about the students’ transition from high-school to college). In 1984, he was hired as a researcher by the National Institute for the Study of Work and Vocational Counseling of the National Conservatory of Applied Technologies in Paris. He became an associate professor at the University of Lille in 1989 and a tenured professor at the Sorbonne University in Paris in 1992.

Jean Guichard’s main research themes are the factors and processes of the self’s construction and the different modes of relating to occupations and professions. His synthesis of works on the dynamics of subjectification (Life long self construction) provides a general framework for two kinds of career and life designing interventions (a group one and a face to face one).