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career counseling – two models & infinite possibilities

My counseling degree program is largely bound by CACREP standards, which means that I had to take a Career Counseling class last winter, which means that poor Billy had to hear, for the entire fall semester leading up to it, about how much I would hate this stupid class and how unexcited I was for it and how I don’t even want to do career counseling anyway, why are they making me take this, life is so unfair HOW CAN THEY DO THIS TO ME. (That is maybe a little bit of an exaggeration, but the fact remains.)

So, obviously, in Entry #4,912,403 of the Time To Eat Crow series that my life has been, I loved that class. I loved learning about the different ways that theorists conceptualize career development, from the very random (Krumboltz) to the verging-on-predetermined (Holland), and I was especially thrilled to learn about the theories which took into account environmental factors – for instance, the impact that gender and other social identities have on career decision-making (Gottfredson). Is it coming through? I loved this class. It falls into the category of “things I’ve experienced that I wasn’t expecting to like but which pretty thoroughly changed everything”, which I think is always a good list to review. And one of the biggest things I took from it was the overlap between personal counseling and career counseling, and the way that a person’s self-perception influences their career choices.

© 2017 Caroline Horste

I am neither a professional nor an expert, and nothing here should be taken as counsel or legal advice. Along the same vein, nothing here should be taken as representing the views of anybody but myself, including my employers or the organizations I volunteer for. -CH