Evaluating Career Theory and Application

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It is easy to dissect an individual’s life to analyze and critique their choices based on our own opinions and experiences. Is that fair? No. We may see their actions clearly but the reasoning behind these is what the focus should be when it comes to judging one’s behavior or circumstances. Regular judgments are made about a person based on their profession. In our society, it would behoove us to look at the paths that lead to becoming a medical doctor instead of a drug dealer or prostitute. Application of career theories to life allow for analyzing past and future career decisions in all fields. Holland’s Theory of Careers states that one’s vocation is an expression of self, personality, and way of life. There is an indisputable and fundamental difference in the quality of life one experiences when choosing a career one truly enjoys, versus choosing a career one detests. A true testament to the validity of Holland’s theory, my job/career choices reveal my interests, as well as the evolution of my personality and identity. My first job as a fine jewelry specialist and second job as a make-up artist echo my love of the fashion world. As I matured and became less fascinated by presumed “glamour” occupations, I became captivated by physical fitness, nutrition, and medicine; I received my national fitness trainer certificate so that I may become a personal trainer. Nevertheless, my career decisions do not fit uniformly into merely one career theory. Ginsberg and Super’s Theories of Career Development assert that there are several predictive stages of career development, based moreover on the developmental stages of life. Under this theory, as a child I was in the fantasy period; I saw myself becoming a famous model/... ... middle of paper ... ...nd one least important factor that affects career selection. If asking ten people how they came to select a career it is expected each will have an entirely different response. Each individual is unique and so are their experiences. Evaluating career theory and application is a significant task, not only for oneself but also on a large-scale. If each person were employed in the career they are best at and enjoy above all others, the world would be a much happier one. Imagine a place where each individual regard work as not something they must do, but as something they aspire to do. Productivity would increase at all levels. Charitable foundations and businesses would be abundant. Whereas this proposal may not be fathomable at this time, if each person used this information, it would be only a matter of time before we are moving in that harmonious direction.

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