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1 Storytelling in Career Exploration Virginia Career VIEW Fall 2011 Workshop

2 The World of Work: What We Know  Today’s workers are changing  Lifetime employee vs. temporary employee  Workers are impermanent  Globalization and digitalization  Migration of workers  Competitive job market  Idea of “Portfolio Careers”  Importance of recognizing strengths/skills Pratt, Graham. CDAA 2011 Conference: Closing Presentation by Mark Savickashttp://vimeo.com/ Dr. Mark Savickas, Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at NEOUCOM

3 Competencies of the modern successful worker  Adaptability:  risk vs. reward,  resilience  Identity  meaning and purpose  knowing & accepting self  Reflexivity  understand self; consider strengths  Work-Life Balance  times have changed  Narratability  telling your story; elevator speech  Employability  Employment  Relational  Employability  Transactional Dr. Mark Savickas, Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at NEOUCOM

4 When the music changes… Dr. Mark Savickas, Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at NEOUCOM so must the dance.

5 New Challenges = New Goals WE ARE HERE!

6 How can we best help students prepare?

7 Storytelling as a tool for self-reflection  Positivity  Pride  Reflection  Self Efficacy  Confidence  Happiness

8 So, storytelling? Let’s get started.  Think of a time in your life, before age 13, when you felt proud of yourself.  Illustrate this experience.  Get in groups of 3.  Share your story and illustration with your group.  As others share their story, observe body language, emotion and speech.  After each person shares their story, write down 3 positive words (on index card) about each person based on their story.  You seemed ______ or I felt you were ______  Give index card to that person.  Reflection  How do you feel?  How did the words others used to describe you make you feel?  Were you surprised? Did you learn something new?  Other observations?

9 How do I use this activity with students?  Supplies needed:  Activity sheet   3 index cards per student  White paper for each student  Markers  Pencil  Time needed  45 min – 1 hour  Alternatives  Younger students:  Have students share stories with entire class (class activity) instead of small groups  Write descriptive words on board  Allow more time (1.5 hours)  Reflect as a class  Or…

10 …use as a take-home assignment!  Introduce this activity to parents to use with their children  Benefits:  Encourages conversation  Connects children and parents  Helps parents recognize strengths in children  Sense of pride for students  Great family activity

11 How does self-reflection relate to career exploration?  Self-assessment  Acknowledges strengths and weaknesses  Confidence/Self-Efficacy  Positivity  Excited to explore possibilities  Skills and interests more defined  Positive experience= desire to learn more Self-ReflectionCareer Exploration

12 VIEW Resources for Career Exploration  K-5  Career Town Career Town  Kid’s Search **Updated!** Kid’s Search  Activities Activities  Interactive Games Interactive Games  6-8  Who R U? Who R U?  Activities Activities  Career Search Career Search  School Search School Search  Parents Parents  Professionals Professionals

13 References  Biswas-Diener, Robert. (2010). Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching: Assessment, Activities, and Strategies for Success. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.  Croonquist, Carmen, Career Coach:  Gutterman, Mark, Career Coach/Workplace Consultant:  Pratt, Graham. (2011) CDAA 2011 Conference - Closing Presentation by Mark Savickas.  Savickas, Mark L. (2005). “The Theory and Practice of Career Construction.” Career Development and Counseling: Putting Theory and Research to Work, edited by S.D. Brown and R.W. Lent. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. *also see Career Construction Theory document:  Savickas, Mark L. (2011) Career Counseling: Theories of Psychotherapy. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.  Seligman, Ph.D., Martin E. P. (2002). Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. New York, New York: Free Press.  Seligman, Ph.D., Martin E. P. (2011). Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. New York, New York: Free Press.


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