Personal Career Development : Career Goals

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An individual’s career choice is often influenced by a myriad of different motivations and impulses. Prior to this course, I was quite ignorant of the magnitude these characteristics and traits hold over our professional lives. Career development is very much a division or subset of an individual’s personal development. These two aspects of development seem to be inextricably connected, thus attempting to isolate either measure would seem to create a discord in an individual 's job or life satisfaction. I agree that self-awareness is a fundamental component of discovering our unique purpose in the workforce, however, there are many extraneous variables that may also motivate us to achieve certain goals. As counselors, we must take into account our clients’ values, interests, beliefs, and personal life experiences in the efforts of assisting them through the journey of career development. In exploring my personal career development, it was essential that I reflect back on what has motivated me to become a helping professional. I have identified with many of the career developmental theories of which include: Krumbolz, Levin, and Mitchell’s Happenstance theory, Krumbolz Learning and Cognitive Career Model, as well as Holland’s Typology. Early Childhood Development My older sister always excelled in everything she. She set the bar high for the expectations I imposed upon myself. I had the continual urge to keep up with her level of successes, primarily in the area of academia.
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