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Working with individuals

In this section, we move to practical work with individuals. We will discuss a video case study ('Rebecca') and a reading activity focused on exploring spirituality, purpose and meaning together with a brief case study ('Bonnie').

This case study shows a 40 minute career coaching session in which issues of vocation, faith and calling arose. Please view this before attending the teaching days.
Rebecca (Video clip) (A transcript of the coaching session is available here)

Activity 1
Whilst viewing, please make notes on:
* The influence of Rebecca's past experiences on her attitude to redundancy and transition
* The dichotomy Rebecca presents between the 'materialistic' and the 'vocational' (530-534)
* Rebecca's thoughts about being 'given a gift'
* The possible use of 'calling' to understand Rebecca's previous history
* The potential use of 'calling' to support her in the future


Exploring spirituality, purpose and meaning
Sharf (2010) focuses on the work of Anna Miller-Tiedeman, Deborah Bloch & Lee Richmond, and Sunny Hansen. Miller-Tiedeman argues that each individuals do not look for a career, they already have one; and that within this, each individual is his or her own theory maker. This links with the work of Holland on personal career theory in the Career Development Theories module. Bloch & Richmond have developed seven themes that reflect a spiritual approach to career decision-making: change, balance, energy, community, calling, harmony and unity. They define calling as hearing one's own song and singing it out loud and clear; arguing that it can relate to a religious calling but could relate to simply finding one's ideal work. Hansen focuses on the societal context for change and identifies six critical life tasks including: weaving our lives into a meaningful whole, and exploring spirituality, purpose and meaning. These three perspectives are considered in relation to 'Bonnie'.

Activity 2
Please now read the extract from Sharf (2010) including the 'Bonnie' case study. Consider the following topics:
* The similarities and differences between the three approaches discussed (Miller-Tiedeman, Bloch & Richmond and Hansen)
* Miller-Tiedeman's honouring of Bonnie's decisions and inner voice
* Hansen's interest in Bonnie's gender and mixed cultural heritage
* Bloch & Richmond's seven themes e.g. where does Bonnie derive energy form.