With the New Year upon us, make a resolution to invest in your own career…
Mark Savickas Ph.D.
Mark Savickas Ph.D. is professor of Behavioral Sciences at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Counselor Education at Kent State University, and Professor Extraordinaire at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He has served as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Organisational Behaviour in the School of Business at Loughborough University (United Kingdom), the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Lisbon (Portugal), and the Department of Psychology at Vrije University (Belgium).
His 80 articles, 40 book chapters, and 500 presentations to professional groups have dealt with vocational behavior and career counseling. He is President of the Counseling Psychology Division in the International Association of Applied Psychology and has just completed 13 years as a member of the Board of Directors for International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance.
He has served as editor for the Career Development Quarterly (1991-1998) and is currently editor for the Journal of Vocational Behavior (1999-to the present). He has written a book entitled Career Counseling (June, 2011) and edited the Handbook of Career Counseling Theory and Practice (1996 with B. Walsh), Vocational Interests (1999 with A. Spokane), and the Handbook of Vocational Psychology-3rd ed. (2005). He has received the John L. Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Career and Personality Research from the Counseling Psychology Division (17) of the American Psychological Association and the Eminent Career Award from the National Career Development Association. He is a fellow of the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the National Career Development Association. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and the University of Pretoria (South Africa).
The narrative turn in the social sciences has provided a new lens with which to view careers. Rather than just ask “What work can you do?” we may also ask “What may work do for you?” The first question deals with job fit while the second addresses meaning and mattering in life. We will examine how your work as a career counselor makes you more complete and whole. Of course we will also consider what narrative career construction can do for your clients yet what the work of counselling does for counsellors may be equally important. Each counsellor has unique experiences that they bring to the working alliance with clients, including their own preoccupations. We will discuss how turning preoccupations into occupations is the essence of career counselling with clients and how this transformation provides meaning to the work of counselling. To do this we will examine how early recollections offer a window on a life in progress and role models provide solutions to problems in growing up, shape our careers and design our lives.