Archive for July, 2010
A librarian/researcher friend alerted me to this. I thought it deserved a permanent place on this blog.
Related post: Are you following the script?
Many of the modern career theories and approaches to guidance have moved away from the focus on objective measures of person-environment fit to an increasing emphasis on the importance of personal meaning within career choice.
But what about meaninglessness?
Shouldn’t we be looking at that too?
If we want to spend time pondering the essential pointlessness of all human activity, where better to go than existentialism?
A few concepts that I blogged about have been floating round in my head for a while. A recent discussion with a client made them come together.
She was talking about how her educational background in Africa had given her a particular mindset about career success. She explained that in her home country, passing a relevant professional examination pretty much guaranteed an appropriate job. When she came to the UK, it was a great shock to her that just having good qualifications was not enough. She had been surprised at the emphasis placed on demonstrating acceptable personal qualities and the importance of networking. It had taken her quite a while to overcome this mindset, and even now her initial reaction when faced with a career challenge was to think about what training she could obtain.
She was quite surprised when I told her that it wasn’t just people from outside the UK that suffered from this blinkered attitude to employability and career success.
Play the video (only about 1.5 min – you don’t need sound) and count how many times the team in white pass the basketball to each other…
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