Calling and Vocation in Career Counseling

Calling and Vocation in Career Counseling

Many clients who seek career counseling are searching for a change as a result of not finding meaning or fulfillment in their work. Much research has been done on incorporating the constructs of calling and vocation into career counseling as a means to assist clients in the process of clarifying their career goals and ultimately reaching a position of fulfillment. After reading the assigned article, “Calling and Vocation in Career Counseling: Recommendations for Promoting Meaningful Work” (2009), critique the utilization of these constructs in career counseling. How might these constructs help or hinder a client seeking career advisement? What do you see as the strengths and weaknesses of these constructs? Post should be at least 300 words.

Planning Interventions

According to Niles & Harris-Bowlsbey (2012), “counselors may play a variety of roles related to the design and implementation of career development programs and services in their work settings. These roles may include advocacy, coordination, participation, design, management, and evaluation”. In Week Six, you will be developing an intervention for a special population. Interventions are also referred to as career development programs. As part of the preparation for the final summative assessment, this week you will build knowledge and background on the steps for designing and implementing career development interventions.

Evaluate one of the programs described in the Niles & Harris-Bowlsbey (2012) text. Based on the description, do you believe this program would be effective for the target population? Why? What would you add to improve the intervention? Post should be at least 300 words.

Final Project Draft and Peer Review/Self-Check

For this discussion, you will create and submit a draft of your final project, a 3-4 page draft of your final paper. Then, you will peer review at least one fellow student’s submission. The instructor may post a  peer review schedule as part of an announcement and in an “Instructor Guidance Post” within the Week 5 “peer review discussion group.”

This is a peer review and the instructor will not be offering feedback on drafts.

Make sure that you do the following in your submissions:

A. Describe the target population including relevant career related statistics.

B. State the goals and objectives of your “presentation” or paper.

C. Identify and describe at least one career theory that you will use in your presentation/paper.

D. Reference two sources at a minimum in addition to the course text. (Professional/scholarly journals are peer reviewed and focus on the profession/application of psychology (located on Proquest, EBSCOHost, PsycNET, etc.). Non-scholarly articles include newspapers, periodicals, secular magazines, etc., and are not peer reviewed. Websites not approved include and

E. Use the notes feature to add specific information that cannot be seen by the audience on the PowerPoint slides. (Note: This is applicable only if Option 1 of the final assignment was chosen by the student.)

For each component (A-E above, as applicable), provide a score of 1-5, with 5 being the “highest quality” and 1, the lowest. Also, provide written feedback for each component, particularly focusing on those in which a rating of 3 or lower is given.

When providing written feedback please do so in a way that is considerate and respectful. Focus on suggestions for improvement (as opposed to highlighting all of the “negatives” of the presentation).

You may wish to use language with each other like:

1. “I would suggest that…”

2. “You might improve by adding the following…”

3. “Clarification on this slide might be helpful.”

4. “You might be able to make the topic more clear by…”

5. “You might consider removing or rephrasing…”

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