How Career Development Theory Helped Me Narrative Essay

How Career Development Theory Helped Me
A detailed description of an individual's journey to find the right career, using career development theory.
# 128676 | 4,324 words | 2 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 03, 2010 in Psychology (Testing) , Business (Human Resources)

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This paper offers a detailed description of a counseling student's journey to find the right career. The author explains that the challenge was to take a wide and expanding number of interests and boil them down to what interested him for an occupation. The paper notes that this difficult and painful process involved travel, moves, and several different jobs in different career fields. Using the step-by-step theory of career development, and completing multiple personality and aptitude assessments, the author chronicles his process of research and discovery that allowed him to define his ideal career path and goals. The paper concludes that the author would most like to work in a college counseling center with clients dealing with a range of personal, emotional, and life issues This paper contains illustrative data tables.

Theoretical Conceptualization
Data from Inventories
Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator
Strong Interest Inventory
Validity Indices
General Occupational Themes
Basic Interest Scales
Occupational Scales
Personal Style Scales
Skills Confidence Inventory
Self-Directed Search
My Reaction
Other's Insights
Integration of Results and My Ideal Job/Career and Future Career Goals
Integration of Results
My Ideal/Job Career
Future Career Goals

From the Paper:

"In the fall of 2002, I began to specify what I wanted to do as I realized that some of my former prejudices and misunderstandings about the fields of counseling and psychology were not true - namely that I would not be able to integrate my interest in people with my interest in an intellectually challenging career. As this became clear to me, I began to interview people in the profession to find out what they did, how they did it, and what their likes and dislikes were in regards to their chosen profession. I am still in the Specification mini-stage in regards to pursuing a career in counseling because I am not sure what that career will end up looking like and I have a lot of school to complete before the picture begins to fill in. The Specification mini-stage is characterized by the need to "specify their preferences" (Sharf, 2002)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Sharf, A. (2002). Applying career development theory to counseling. Pacific Grove: Brooks/Cole.
  • Swanson, J. & Fouad, N. (1999). Career theory and practice: Learning through case studies. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc.

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