Meeting the career development needs of single parents

Elsa R. Olaru, Emma Bolger

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Social inclusion involves ensuring all individuals and groups are afforded the right to educational, training and employment opportunities. In this article, we highlight how single parents have been disproportionately experiencing inequity within the labour market throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing considerations for career development practice. A study conducted in April 2021 assessed the impact of COVID-19 on childcare commitments and the support single parents require to achieve their career goals, and six themes emerged through qualitative analysis. Recommendations to support the career development needs of single parents are made for employers, policymakers and career practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-39
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2022


  • career development
  • career guidance
  • career counselling
  • career


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