This article comes from research that investigated the learning and career transitions of those disadvantaged in the labour market. It resulted in the development of a four component model to enable disadvantaged groups navigate learning and career transitions. The four components of the model include: the self-concept; learning and recognition; career and life planning; and new literacies. The focus will be on the career and life planning component. The research utilised a sequential mixed model design which consisted of two phases. Phase one of the research involved a Learning Survey of approximately 250 labour market program participants in which quantitative data analysis techniques were used. Phase two involved the development of the model and its testing in the field. A formative evaluation of the model in the field was undertaken and utilised a combination of both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. The field test was undertaken with a labour market program for women over 45 years of age wishing to re-enter the workforce. The research has resulted in the development of the model that offers career development researchers and practitioners an alternate holistic, group and community based approach to career development for disadvantaged groups
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