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Career Development Theory

  1. 1. Career Development Theory TECK L. TAN
  2. 2. Career Development & Counselling  Career Development The sequence of career-related choices and transitions made over the life span  Career Counselling The process by which a professional counsellor provides assistance to an individual or small group of clients so that they can make informed career choices and transitions; such as extensive assessment as well as the provision of career information and a focus on career decision making
  3. 3. The Career Planning Process 1. Become aware of the need to make career choices 2. Learn about and/or re-evaluate self 3. Identify occupational alternatives 4. Obtain information about identified alternatives 5. Make tentative choices from among available occupations 6. Make educational choices 7. Get a job
  4. 4. Career Development Theories  Career development theories differ in perspective  They complement each other  Each theory is a set of assumptions, typically based on research that explains human behaviour or phenomena  There are profound strengths in the theories but not without weaknesses and limitations
  5. 5. How Will Theory Help CDP  To identify what is important to the clients and what to consider when making a career decision  To predict future events, such as satisfaction/dissatisfaction in a specific kind of work that career planners should be thinking about at a later life stage  Theories provide guidelines, tools, and techniques for practice
  6. 6. Limitations of Career Choice and Development Theories  Each theorist views career choice and development from a different perspective and focuses on specific selected aspects  No one theorist presents a comprehensive picture, but rather leaves it to us, the practitioner to find ways to pull together the various pieces of the puzzle  Much of the research in the past has been conducted with white makes from the middle class, so the minority groups and people with ethnic differences of all types have been underrepresented  Career development theory and practice are based on the culture of a specific country, thus be thoughtful about how well they can be “translated” to other countries and cultures without further research
  7. 7. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs   Abraham Maslow developed the Hierarchy of Needs in the 1940s Self-Actualization Needs Esteem Needs According to this model  Each of us is motivated by needs  Love & Belonging Needs We must satisfied each need in turn starting with survival itself  When the lower order needs of physical and emotional wellbeing are satisfied, we can then be concerned with the higher order needs that are related to personal development Safety & Security Needs Physiological 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Physiological needs: basic life needs including air, food, drink, shelter Safety and security needs: protection, security, order, law, limits, and stability Love and belonging needs: family, relationship, work groups, and affection Esteem needs: achievement, status, responsibility, and reputation Self-actualization needs: personal growth needs and fulfilment
  8. 8. Importance of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to the work of CDP According to the Maslow’s Theory     Needs related to our work roles begin at his third level – Love and Belonging Level 3 refers to becoming part of the work environment Need to be sure that there are no deficits in physiological and safety needs before working with an individual on their work-related need At Level 4, we are achieving status at work and have a reputation in our field  To be self-actualized,  it means an individual has a keen sense of reality;  see problems in terms of challenges;  feels comfortable relying on his own experiences and judgements;  is democratic, fair and nondiscriminating, accepting others, comfortable with himself and creative; and  seeks peak experiences that leave a lasting impression
  9. 9. Trait-and-Factor Theory -- Seeks to describe individual differences in personality types Assumptions  Individuals have unique characteristics related to interests, abilities, needs, values, and personality traits  Occupations and jobs have unique characteristics to work tasks, skills required, demands and rewards  The unique characteristics of both individuals and occupation/jobs can be measured  Workers and employers are most satisfied when there is a good match between the characteristics of the worker and the characteristics of the occupation/job
  10. 10. The Vocational Choice Theory of John L. Holland -- Contends that career interests, are an expression of the individual’s personality Basic Concepts of John L. Holland (1997)  People can be described as a combination of two or more of six types:  Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional  Environments (jobs, websites, and schools) can also be described as a combination of six types  If a person can find such a compatible environment, he or she is likely to be satisfied and productive
  11. 11. Holland’s Theory – Personality Types
  12. 12. Holland’s Theory  Differentiation – refers to the degree of certainty or definition of an individual’s interest – is there a clear distinction between the individual’s likes and dislikes  If all six are quite low or quite high, the profile is called “flat” or “undifferentiated”  If some scores are high and some are low, the profile has “peaks and valleys” and is called differentiated profile, it means that the person has some areas of interest that are considerably higher than others  Flat profiles can mean that individuals don’t really know their interests  High flat profiles mean they could have many interests and might need to work on narrowing down  A low flat profile could show minimal exposure to occupations and work activities but could also show a weak self-concept or low self-esteem  Congruence – describes the degree of fit between an individual’s personality type and work environment
  13. 13. Practical Applications of Holland’s Theory  Using numerous instruments to get client’s Holland’s Code as a starting point to clarify interests  Discuss about consistency, congruency and differentiation of the scores and work environment  Locate occupations that relate to their code focusing on occupations resembling all combinations of the code  Explore those occupational alternatives through  informational interviews  researching the occupations  volunteering  taking course and/or  job shadowing
  14. 14. Learning Theory of John Krumbolts Basic Beliefs  Though both heredity and environment influence people’s behaviour, counsellors can only shape environment conducive to learning  Two significant kind of learning  Instrumental learning – occurs when positive outcomes follow a given behavioiur  Associative learning – occurs when people observe outcomes that are experienced by others and take these persons as role models  Positive reinforcement occurs when specific behaviours are rewarded  Negative reinforcement occurs when some aversive stimulus is terminated
  15. 15. John Krumboltz - Career Counselling Process  Primary role of counsellors is to help clients learn to create more satisfying lives for themselves  Research found that all found their current occupation as a result of a series of unplanned events  Counsellor’s job - get the clients actively engaged in tasks that hep them learn how to generate unplanned career opportunities
  16. 16. Happenstance – John Krumboltz  Happenstance – term refers to maintaining an exploratory attitude while encountering unexpected events  “Indecision” is an unavoidable yet acceptable condition, but should be labelled as “open-mindedness”  The pace of 21st century and the uncertainties in our lives make it impossible to have a specific plan laid out in advance  CDP could take on the role of “encourager of exploration”
  17. 17. Application of John Krumboltz Learning Theory Action Steps 1. Finding out client’s concerns 2. Actively listening to their experiences, thoughts, and feelings 3. Brainstorm some ideas about next possible actions that the clients could take o Building a resume, moving to another town, asking friends for advice o Taking a night school course, Creating a portfolio 4. Ask to pick one task client would be willing to do and ask for a dateline 5. Build on what client’s learned and repeat the process to determine the next action step 6. Provide continuous support for client’s active exploration * Focus on learning process and how it affects vocational choice and change
  18. 18. Development Theory Development Theory focuses on how careers unfold over the life span  Believes that the factors that contributed to growth and maturity are complex and multifaceted  Assumptions  Life can be divided into a specific number of age-related stages. Each stage has a list of specific tasks that should be accomplished during that stage  If the tasks of a given stage are accomplished, an individual is developmentally on schedule or mature, and is, therefore more likely to accomplish the tasks of the next life stage  If the tasks of a given stage are not accomplished during the appropriate time, however, the individual is developmentally off schedule and may have difficulty in the life stages that follow
  19. 19. Career Development Theory of Donald E. Super -- Focus on how careers unfold over the life span Theory’s Propositions  People differ in their abilities, personalities, needs, values, interests, traits and self-concepts  People are qualified, by virtue of these characteristics, for a number of occupations  Each occupation requires a characteristics pattern of abilities and personality traits  Vocational preferences and competencies, the situations in which people live and work and hence, their self-concepts change with time and experience  This process of change maybe summed up in a series of life stages characterized as a sequence of growth, exploration, establishment, maintenance and decline. Multiple-trial careers involve new growth, re-exploration, and re-establishment  The nature of the career pattern is determined by the individual’s parental socioeconomic level, mental ability, education, skills, personality characteristics (needs, values, interests, traits and selfconcept), career maturity, and by the opportunities to which an individual is exposed
  20. 20. Three Aspects of Super’s Theory Self-concept - a picture of who we are and what we are like  A blend of how we see ourselves and how we would like to be seen  How we think others view us both subjective and objective info   People use this understanding of self when they identify career goals and plans Individuals seek to live out their vocational selfconcept through their choice of work Life Span – the length of one’s career. Stages: 1. Growth (0-15) 2. Exploration (15-25) 3. Establishment (25-45) 4. Maintenance (45-65) 5. Disengagement (65-) Five Developmental Tasks 1. Crystallization 2. Specification 3. Implementation 4. Stabilization 5. Consolidation Life Space - the breath of one’s career  Career is defined as the combination of life roles that one plays at a given life stage, depicted in Rainbow  Eight life roles 1. Son or daughter 2. Student 3. Worker 4. Spouse or partner 5. Homemaker 6. Parent 7. Leisurite 8. Citizen
  21. 21. Life Rainbow of Donald E. Super
  22. 22. The Formation of Self-Concept Culture It’s development is influenced by  The culture in which we live  The family in which we are born  The experience that we have  The events that befall us Events Family experience
  23. 23. Self-Concept  We form pictures of ourselves in many different areas of our lives  Sometimes these views are realistic, clear, and well-defined and other times they are unrealistic, imprecise, and poorly defined   These parts of the self-concept related to work form the vocational self-concept Individuals seek to like out their vocational self-concept through their choice of work Abilities Interests Values Thoughts about Self-Concept  A person has a negative self-concept might be more likely to make less-thansatisfying vocational choices  Work maybe boring and meaningless if people are unable to view it as an expression of their vocational selfconcept, i.e.  Their abilities – what they can do best  Their interests - what they like most to do  Their values – what they think is really important to do
  24. 24. Constructivist Narrative Approach  People are more than the sum of their scored responses on inventories and assessments  Important to consider the context in which individuals relate, interact with, and find meaning  People cannot be separated from the environment  Client’s narrative of past experiences, current meanings, and future actions is the story that reveals one’s self-knowledge (interests, abilities, achievement, values, motivation etc.)  The individual comes to know self through a process of constructing  The goal is to engage the client in self-awareness and selfassessment to uncover the underlying values on which future choices and decisions will be made
  25. 25. Transition Theory Assumptions  Life is characterized by change and an ongoing series of transitions  Transitions can be viewed as events or non-events that cause change in an individual’s roles, relationships, or routines  Transitions have varying degrees of impact on different individuals, depending upon a number of factors  Success in life may be more closely related to the ability of individuals to cope effectively with change and transition than to life’s events in general  Transition theory focus on points in time when change is occurring, rather than on the total life span  As a CDP, one would examine the factors that determine how an individual will cope with a transition , rather than on its outcomes
  26. 26. Transition Theory of Nancy Schlossberg Definition of Transition: Events or non-events that result in a change of roles, daily routines, and or personal relationships Situation Self 4S Model Supports Strategies The severity of a transition can be measured and controlled by a careful analysis of the first three (situation, self, supports) and it can be controlled through the development of the strategy
  27. 27. Situation Support How severe is the situation? Availability of people, services, resources, agencies to support What is the timing of the situation? Does the client has friends and relatives who can help? How much control he has? Is there sufficient money or material resources to carry the individual through the transition period? What else is going on in the person’s life at the same time? Self Strategies What is the client’s general outlook on life? What are some ways to see this situation in a different and more positive light? Where is the client’s center of control? Are there some inner resources that could be further developed? Does the client possess skills such as being able to manage stress, be assertive, and make decisions? Are there some additional support? What are some alternatives? What are the steps which need to be followed to pursue? What is the timeframe for accomplishing each of these steps
  28. 28. The Integrated Life Planning Theory of L. Sunny Hansen Six Critical Tasks 1. Finding work that needs doing and that provides economic selfsufficiency in changing global contexts 2. Connecting family and work 3. Valuing pluralism and diversity 4. Managing personal transitions and organizational change 5. Exploring spirituality, meaning, and life purpose 6. Attending to our health “Weaving our lives into a meaningful whole”
  29. 29. Cognitive Information Processing Theory Metacognitions Domains of CIP  Self-understanding  Occupational knowledge  Metacognitions - how we cognitively process the information – includes self-talk, self-awareness, monitoring and control of thoughts Decision Making Skills Self-knowledge & Occupational Knowledge  CIP is focusing on helping clients to better understand the way that they think and how these thinking patterns influence their career decision making  CIP model challenges career practitioners to ask how they can help clients to acquire selfknowledge, occupational knowledge, career decision skills, and metacognitions (awareness of their thinking process) in order to make effective career decisions
  30. 30. Cognitive Information Processing Theory Seven-Step Outline Intervention 1. Conduct an initial interview introducing the clients and identifying concerns and skill levels within each domain 2. Make a preliminary assessment of the client’s career decisionmaking readiness 3. Collaborate with the clients to identify the gaps in knowledge 4. Identify goals that will close the gaps 5. Develop an individual learning plan 6. Have the client execute the learning plan 7. Review client progress
  31. 31. Social Cognitive Career Theory  SCC Theory is based on the critical relationship among self-efficacy beliefs, outcome expectations and personal goals in the career decision-making process  Self-efficacy – means that people’s beliefs in their ability to accomplish goals help to determine the actions they will take  It is one’s beliefs about one’s sense of self-efficacy that determines whether one is willing and motivated to pursue a career or educational path  Interventions by CDP are suggested when individuals have inaccurate self-efficacy beliefs or expectations (low self-esteem)that are perceived as insurmountable  Focus on overcoming obstacles and giving encouragement, and to help clients find a career that matches their interests, values and skills
  32. 32. Strength-based Approach  Changes the focus from problem solving and deficits to a focus on strengths and success  Emphasizes the power of the individual in terms of selfknowledge and self-determination  client-led approach, with focus on future outcomes and the strengths that the people bring to a challenge  Empowerment results from being treated with respect and having strengths acknowledged and enhanced  CDF to focus first on listening and identifying the person’s strengths and resources, to understand clearly their goals and aspirations for the future, and then support them in addressing any barriers or blockages as they move forward their goals
  33. 33. Value-based Career Decision Making – Brown’s Approach  Learning about one’s values is critically important to one’s feeling of satisfaction on the job  Believes that values guide decision making, provide standards by which judge our actions and those of others, and help us to determine how our needs are met  Values are solidified in the early adult years and tend to remain stable over time; however, age, experience and traumatic life events can modify them  Good decision making will be difficult or impossible if one is not yet able to identify one’s values

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