Thursday, 20 December 2012

Using values-based approaches in employment counseling and assessment: professional and related occupations

an article by Richard W. VanVoorhis and Jake J. Protivnak (Youngstown State University, USA)

published in Journal of Employment Counseling Special Issue: Career Development Theory and Employment Counseling: Focus on “Hot” Occupational Opportunities Volume 49 Issue 4 (December 2012)


This article describes growth trends in professional and related occupations from both historical and projected perspectives.

Professional and related occupations that are considered “hot” (based on growth and demand) are described and grouped according to educational requirements. Next, the authors discuss applicable values-based counselling theories, including person–environment fit, Brown’s (2012) values-based approach, Super’s (1974) theory of vocational choice, and the theory of work adjustment.

Related counselling strategies, assessment approaches, and resources are shared.

Finally, a case study and practical examples that relate to professional and related occupations are presented.

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