Dowson, P (2014) 'Integrated: personal and professional development for business students in a global age.' Zeitschrift für Beratung und Studium (ZBS), 2014 (3). pp. 85-89. ISSN 1860-3068

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In this article the reader will be reminded of the many themes that emerge in our conversations with young adults, whether we are teachers, guidance professionals or counsellors. These matters are not always explicitly stated, but they underlie the challenges felt by all to adapt to new realities. Adaptation, the article thankfully concludes is ultimately a shared experience in that we want to and can help one another. A new way of integration is proposed, that doesn't cower in the face of increasing complexity, and plurality, and resulting hybridisations - all characteristic of the age. Commencing with locating ourselves in relation to modernity and globalization, the article proceeds to examine the significance of Bildung; ‘meta-transitioning' as Dowson terms it; and the call for integrity. The second-half of the article considers such matters as the place of corporate responsibility; leadership today; ‘cooperant’-style volunteering and work experiences for students; and the employment market in the face of inequality. Here also Paul Dowson sets out to introduce some of the key ideas covered in his forthcoming (2015) textbook: Personal and professional development for business students. The contribution of the book is locating PD in our contemporary global context, which challenges traditional dualities reflected in thinking and approaches such as: personal versus professional; us versus them; mind versus body; and sense versus sensibility. True to his reflective style and teaching practice and in pursuit of deep dialogue with surrounding, sometimes pressing realities, Dowson's intention is to provide new information or new ways of looking at the challenges we face in the Twenty First Century.

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