My career chapter and the career systems interview

McIlveen, Peter (2015) My career chapter and the career systems interview. In: Career assessment: qualitative approaches. Career Development Series, 7. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 123-128. ISBN 978-94-6300-032-1

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Writing an autobiography is not an easy task and the process does not come naturally for all clients. In my career counselling practice I have found that some clients do not know how to start or what to write about. It seems ironic that the one person who knows the most about himself/herself finds it challenging to write a personal life story. Thus, this chapter provides an introduction to the qualitative career assessment and counselling procedure My Career Chapter (MCC; McIlveen, 2006). MCC is a semi-structured procedure that entails the client writing a brief autobiographical narrative—a chapter—of his/her life. This chapter also provides an overview of the semi-structured interview that accompanies MCC, the Career Systems Interview (CSI; McIlveen, 2003)1. Both CSI and MCC operationalise the systems theory framework for career development (STF; Patton & McMahon, 2014). Furthermore, or the purposes of MCC’s conceptual principles and administration, the key elements of narrative career counselling are taken to be: subjectivity and meaning; facilitated self-reflection; elaboration of self-concepts; collaborative process; and, open-ended story (McIlveen & Patton, 2007). When using MCC, the counsellor should aim to operationalise all of these elements of narrative career counselling.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: All Rights Reserved c 2015 Sense Publishers. Accepted version deposited with permission of publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2015 02:36
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 05:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: career counselling, career development, career assessment, My Career Chapter
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-94-6300-034-5_14

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