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Using career development theories in combination: an example

The following slides contain an example of how to use career development theories in combination. In the slideshow, three career development theories (Super's work on life-roles and values, Holland's RIASEC typology and Law's community interaction theory) are combined to help a client re-envision her career development. The metaphor of an 'iceberg' is used to visualise the more objective and subjective dimensions of career. Note that when playing back, the sound recording is a little fuzzy and a Word document containing all the narrated text is also supplied.
Using CDTs in combination: Iceberg (Powerpoint Presentation)
Using CDTS in combination: Iceberg (Word Document)


Further reading
Once you have considered the slides above, the following leads in the core reading will help extend your work in this area:

  • Mignot's (2001) chapter on working with individuals provides further background on the slides above. Phil Mignot is a former lecturer on this course and it is his voice that can be heard in the narration.
  • Sharf's (2006) chapter on using theories in combination.
  • The further Sharf (2009) extract contains helpful summaries relating to: Holland's theory of types, Myers-Briggs type theory, constructivist and narrative approaches to career development, Krumboltz's social learning theory and social cognitive career theory.