The Stages of Career Development Essay

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The Stages of Career Development The Cambridge Online dictionary defines career development as the process of learning and improving your skills so that you can perform your job better and progress to better jobs (Cambridge, 2011). However, my articles on career development have a slightly different view. My article states that career development happens in stages, and it has influencing factors (Gohdes, 1997-2000). Therefore, I will discuss these elements along with its main points. After that, I will give a short autobiography on how these steps apply to me. Before I do that, I will introduce my article. The name of my article is Theories of Career Development. It was a subtitle under Career Development: Issues of Gender, Race and …show more content…
However, the realistic stage which spans from mid- adolescence through young adulthood is where exploration and focus takes place. In this realistic stage, the individual becomes more specific about what he wants to do and pursues the educational experiences in order to get it done. (Gohdes, 1997-2000) Some of the factors and stages mentioned above played a part in my career choices. I will use some of my autobiography to explain this. In my autobiography, I mentioned past, present and future goals for myself. Now, I will talk about it in relations to this article. I will start with the past.
When I was a child, the most positive influence in my educational process was my dad. He encouraged learning. He kept many good books around us all of the time. Often he would call us to the table for family devotions, Bible quizzes, or spelling activities. Sometimes, he would show us a new book he purchased for the family and he always made sure we knew where he proudly placed it on the bookshelf. Our family and church environment was emotionally healthy. It provided strength when other reality environments outside of the home were not comfortable. This emotional foundation encouraged me to be what I wanted be while instilling within me individual values. Because of this, I have a deep desire (value) to make a difference in the lives of others just as my parents made one in me. In the past the stage of
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