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Job counselling in a comparative perspective: the cases of Denmark, United Kingdom and Turkey

Tatar, Onur
In this study, “job counselling” services as the central component of the Active Labour Market Policies (ALMPs) in Turkey, Denmark and the UK have been compared in relation to these countries’ labour market performances, different approaches to welfare and job creation practices. Within the context of the contemporary labour market reforms, the ALMPs are considered as the main policy instruments to overcome the unemployment problem and to ensure a well operating labour market. In this context, job counselling is an activity to direct, manage, pilot, aid, steer, assist, lead and support the individuals in their job seeking or finding efforts via effective interaction with a professional counsellor. By solving the problems of job seekers, job counselling services are expected to create more effective equilibrium in the labour market. This study argues that Turkey has a newer and more centralised structure for job counselling, hence a different profile, compared to that of Denmark and the UK. Accordingly, the comparison in this study is intended to be instrumental in better structuring and practice of job counselling services in Turkey.