Career Counselling for Work, Family, and Other Life Roles

  • Heather Powell

    Moderator
    May 22, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    An excellent point was made in this article about regularly used career development theories such as Super’s theory of constellation of roles not exploring other roles such as parents, especially, in my opinion, the traditional roles that women are forced to choose between.

    It’s funny that the article states spouse, meaning it could be either gender that is being forced to incorporate their career decisions to fit with their role as a parent.

    I am sure there are individuals who have taken on the traditional “father” role, despite their gender identity that face this challenge. But, I am sure there are probably a higher amount of individuals who take on the “mother” role that face this challenge regularly.

    The intervention approach discussed in this article does provide some good discussion posts for helping individuals map their work and nonwork goals, but I think a further discussion should be had on the gender misbalance that is occurring in society and how our society could be structured differently in terms of social supports to help with a stronger work and life balance for all individuals who choose to become parents.

    That being said, on a micro level, I can see the benefits of using these four steps when helping clients navigate the balancing of the multiple roles that they engaged in during their career development journey.

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