The Stages of Career Development
The Cambridge Online dictionary defines career development as the process of learning and improving your skills so that you can perform your job better and progress to better jobs (Cambridge, 2011). However, my articles on career development have a slightly different view. My article states that career development happens in stages, and it has influencing factors (Gohdes, 1997-2000). Therefore, I will discuss these elements along with its main points. After that, I will give a short autobiography on how these steps apply to me. Before I do that, I will introduce my article.
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However, the realistic stage which spans from mid- adolescence through young adulthood is where exploration and focus takes place. In this realistic stage, the individual becomes more specific about what he wants to do and pursues the educational experiences in order to get it done. (Gohdes, 1997-2000)
Some of the factors and stages mentioned above played a part in my career choices. I will use some of my autobiography to explain this. In my autobiography, I mentioned past, present and future goals for myself. Now, I will talk about it in relations to this article. I will start with the past.
When I was a child, the most positive influence in my educational process was my dad. He encouraged learning. He kept many good books around us all of the time. Often he would call us to the table for family devotions, Bible quizzes, or spelling activities. Sometimes, he would show us a new book he purchased for the family and he always made sure we knew where he proudly placed it on the bookshelf. Our family and church environment was emotionally healthy. It provided strength when other reality environments outside of the home were not comfortable. This emotional foundation encouraged me to be what I wanted be while instilling within me individual values. Because of this, I have a deep desire (value) to make a difference in the lives of others just as my parents made one in me.
In the past the stage of fantasy played a huge part. I would pretend to teach the tall grass or corn stalk how to spell while using the ground for a chalkboard. I read books to the grasshoppers, and also the dragonflies that were on the clothes lines. The tentative stage came next (Gohdes, 1997-2000). When I was twelve years old, I was astute enough to teach a Sunday school class, but while I read the lessons to the children, I imagined myself a teacher over a huge class. Throughout my adolescence, I have babysat, taught Sunday school classes, was a substitute teacher, worked in a child development center and other positions where I taught, trained or helped in education. Sometimes, it was just as a volunteer. For example, I was Vice-President of PTA at my child’s school. I wanted to be involved in their education as my father was in mine.
Presently, I am attending college with hopes of becoming a teacher at a high school or college. I want to become a teacher in order to influence children in a positive way. I have come across so many negative, nosy teachers who have crushed the spirits of our youth so cruelly that it follows them throughout their lives. I believe that an attentive teacher can be the difference between a child going to jail or making better choices. I believe that a creative teacher can prevent bored students from becoming dropouts. I believe that a good teacher who works with, not...