Presentation on theme: "“ MULTIPOTENTIALITY: ” “You can do anything you want to do"— Presentation transcript:
1 “ MULTIPOTENTIALITY: ” “You can do anything you want to do “ MULTIPOTENTIALITY: ” “You can do anything you want to do.” “What do you want to do first ?”Multipotentiality or Multitalented :Is it Good or Bad for the Gifted Child ?“ LIFE-SPAN CAREER COUNSELING CANMAKE A DIFFERENCE .”
2 DEFINING MULTIPOTENTIALITY: ABILITY TO SELECT & DEVELOP MANY CAREER OPTIONS: WIDE VARIETY OF INTERESTS, APTITUDES & ABILITIES (Frederickson & Rothney,1972)CONCEPT THAT ONE CAN SELECT & DEVELOP MANY COMPETENCIES TO A HIGH LEVEL. (Fredrickson,1979)CONDITION WHERE ONE HAS INTERESTS & ABILITIES TO PURSUE MULTIPLE DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES & GOALS (Rysiew, Shore, & Carson, 1994)
3 Main Sources of Career Indecision: Inadequate or inaccurate informationLack of confidence & decision-making skillsFaulty self-observationPressure to please others by making the perfect career choiceGirls a need to meet career & family goalsParental education & personal factors (anxiety)Early or late decision-making
4 “THE GOOD SIDE”HAVE THE OPTION OF MANY POTENTIALLY GOOD CHOICES, EARN HIGH SCORES ON ABILITY & ACHIEVEMENT TESTS, DIVERSE STRENGTHS, MULTIPLE EDUCATIONAL-VOCATIONAL INTERESTS, HAVE MORE THAN ONE CAREER, USE LEISURE ACTIVITIES TO DEVELOP AREAS OF ABILITIES & INTERESTS, HAVE PEER DISCUSSIONS & GROUP WORK WITH OTHER MULTIPOTENIAL YOUTH, EXPLORE BROAD CATEGORIES, USE CAREER COUNSELING AS A VALUE-BASED ACTIVITY
5 THE BAD SIDE: PRODUCES CONFLICT & STRESS: DIFFICULTIES IN MAKING DECISIONS BETWEEN CHOICES ;“OVERCHOICE SYNDROME”, LACK OF DECISION-MAKING SKILLS, OVERWHELMING CAREER OPTIONS, COMPLEXITY OF DECISION MAKING, DECISIONS BASED ON STATUS & EARNINGS, PERFECTIONISM, GOAL SETTING, DELAYED CAREER SELECTION, LONG-TERM SCHOOLING, DELAY OF INDEPENDENCE, EMOTIONALLY DRAINING, FINANCIALLY DRAINING, FEEL COERCED BY OTHERS
6 THE GIFTED AND TALENTED CHILD AND MULTIPOTENTIALITY: HIGH ACHIEVEMENT TEST SCORES, OPPORTUNITIESMANY ACADEMIC & EXTRACURRICULAR INTERESTSCAREER EXPLORATION BEGINS EARLYABILITY TO PURSUE ADVANCED DEGREESFAMILY OF ORIGIN SYSTEMMAINLY CONCERNS THOSE WITH MODERATELY HIGH IQ’s ( )ACADEMICALLY TALENTED, STRAIGHT “A” STUDENTSMULTIPLE INTERESTS, TWO OR MORE OUTSTANDING DIFFERENT ABILITIESMORE SENSITIVE TO SOCIAL NEEDS & MOTIVATION
7 SIGNS THAT MULTIPOTENTIALITY IS A CONCERN: MAY BEGIN EARLY, THE PATH FROM EDUCATION TO CAREER IS NOT ALWAYS SMOOTH,COMPLICATED BY SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS & NEEDS OF THE GIFTED CHILD.
10 MORE CONCERNS: May encounter dilemma of opportunities lost.
11 MORE CONCERNS: Despite excellence high performance & evaluations,
12 LIFE-SPAN CAREER COUNSELING: Includes developmental, social, and psychological transitions. CAREERS ARE FORGEDLONG SERIES OF DECISION-MAKINGDEVELOPING ATTITUDESCAREER EXPLORATIONCAREER PLANNINGSELF-REFLECTINGRESTRUCTURES OF BELIEFSBUILDING PERSONALITY
13 INDIVIDUALIZED, MULIDIMENSIONAL, & DIFFERENTIATED COUNSELING HELPS: ABILITIES / INTERESTS EXPLORATIONABILITY / INTEREST TESTSVALUES / NEEDS CLARIFICATIONLIKES, LEISURE ACTIVITIES & SELF-REFLECTIONDESIRED PERSONAL PRIORITIES / PERFERED LIFESTYLESHONORS & AP STUDENTS CREATING NEW CAREERSHIGH-ABILIITY STUDENTS & GOALS OR ACCOMPLISHMENTSSOCIETAL TRENDS & MENTORSHIPS OR CAREER COACHESEXPERIENTIAL LEARNING , REAL-LIFE, CONCURRENT CAREERSBEGIN PROCESS - DELAY DECISION-MAKING UNTIL COLLEGE
14 INTERVENTION STRATEGIES FOR MULTIPOTENTIALITY : ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:Provide exposure to the world of workEncourage career fantasiesEncourage focusing activities (projects)Identity developmentUse biographies of eminent peopleEvaluate skills, talents, & interests to help them understand areas of greatest interest
15 MORE INTERVENTIONS : JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL: Discuss meaning & value of workFamily & community values of workVolunteer work & job shadowingPrioritize & decide on few extracurricular activitiesSENIOR HIGH SCHOOL:Vocational testingVisit colleges of InterestMore volunteer workInternshipsCore curriculumValue-based guidanceAvoid conforming or stereotype careersExplore career models
16 INTERVENTIONS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS & YOUNG ADULTS: Seek career counseling with assessmentsVocational interests, needs, and valuesEnroll in a career planning classEncourage careful course selectionAvoid conformist & stereotyped major choicesSeek a mentor, Liberal Arts as a MajorPrepare to enter any of several fieldsEngage in long-term goal setting and planning
17 Decision-making stages: (Clarke Carney & Cinda Wells, “Discover the Career Within You”) Awareness- I need to chooseSelf-assessment- Who am I ?Exploration- Expanding or narrowing optionsIntegration- Putting it togetherCommitment- Choosing Occupation, program of study, or jobImplementation- My choice- ‘just do it’Reevaluation- I made a good choice ?(on-going)
18 LIFESPAN CAREER GUIDANCE FOR MULTIPOTENTIALITY: Prepares the gifted for many options by acknowledging occupational interests, competencies, creativity, and preferences may indeed change over time. A collaboration for career counseling would involve classroom teachers, teachers of the gifted & talented program, parents (they know the child), and counselors.
19 THE GIFTED CHILD DEVELOPS: A PERSONAL DEFINITION OF IDENTITY, ACHIEVEMENT, & CAREER SUCCESS AFTER CAREFUL SELF-ANALYSIS OF ABILITIES, LIFE GOALS, AND OCCUPATIONAL POSSIBILITIES.WITH PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY THEY EXERT CONTROL OVER THEIR LIFE BY MAKING GOOD DECISIONS; THE REST JUST HAPPENS, THEREFORE, THEY ADJUST AND ADAPT TO CHANGES IN CAREER AND IN LIFE.
20 Philomena M. P. Bernard, Counselor Questions / Comments ?Philomena M. P. Bernard, Counselor/