Winemaker, dairy farmer, MSc co-ordinator, genetic scientist, technical sales rep, kiwifruit orchardist, student recruitment adviser, deli assistant and menswear store manager. Just a few of the job titles I've had in my life. My journey has brought me to where I am today, a careers adviser for The Careers Group - long trip for a kiwi girl from Whakatane! And I love it. I've always had a love/hate relationship with careers theories - I find them really interesting and useful to base my practice around them, but some models drive me mad with their highly academic and impractical focus. I see participating in this blog as a great development tool, to really challenge myself (mostly trying to keep up with David and his mad blogging)! Enjoy.
It is generally accepted that there is no ‘one’ right theory that suits every client, so how can a practitioner make some sort of sense out of the multitude of approaches that exist within the modern academic careers world (apart from following our blog of course)? Enter Patton and McMahon (1999) Systems Theory Framework of Career Development (STF).
As a newly qualified adviser, I was really interested to look into the differences between the types of training I received on my New Zealand course and what the majority of my colleagues go through on UK courses. There were many! Apart from never hearing mention of DOTS (sacrilege I know!) a major part of our course was spent exploring guidance models and what actually takes place within a guidance discussion.
Much was based on Robert R Carkhuff‘s work regarding helping models. The basis of his developmental model for helping is based around a 4 stage process explained below. I’ve used examples from a careers discussion to help put it in perspective.
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