Information flows at unprecedented rates. Information access related to local, national, and global events is as simple as logging on to your favourite device. Work changes occur with similar rapidity as new technologies influence each worker’s life on a regular basis. Additionally, the nature of human development is such that we constantly evolve as we encounter countless learning experiences daily. These learning experiences can be positive, negative, or neutral, however, they shape what we believe to be true about ourselves (i.e., our self-concepts), which, in turn, shapes our career goals and plans.
The confluence of information access, new technologies, and our evolving self-concepts presents unique challenges for our career development. Workers need effective strategies for understanding the implications of work and self-concept changes. A key element in understanding these implications is to focus on “human being” rather than “human doing.” We do the latter very well. The former, however, is often confused with doing nothing and nothing could be further from the truth.
Focusing on human being includes engaging in mindfulness practices and regular self-reflection activities. These activities represent proven strategies for coping successfully with our evolving self-concepts. Practised daily, they become essential components of our personal career construction process. This session focuses on human being and connects self-reflection to career development through the application of Hope-Action Theory and applying techniques that foster meaningful career decisions.
Professional Standards Competency - Career Development Theory
Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, ACT - 12:00
South Australia, Northern Territory - 11:30
Western Australia - 10:00
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