ERIC Number: ED168625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Building the Meaningful Vocation into Career. Perspectives on the Church and the Community College, Paper Number Fifteen.
Tiedeman, David V.; And Others
The integration of religious and educational perspectives on "career" in a life work/career planning process would enable persons to exercise their talents, skills, and spirit through meaningful jobs. If career is understood to mean a course of continuing progress, then vocation becomes those meanings which a person makes or discovers throughout a lifetime of working and living. The vocation which a person must anticipate is not only a progression of occupations, it is also the way a person derives meaning repeatedly from non-occupational as well as occupational activity. The following topics are central to the clarification of the concept of vocation, (1) the swing from an occupational to a career psychology; (2) development of a decision-making framework with two aspects--anticipation, which involves problem exploration, crystalization, choice, and clarification, and accommodation, whose stages are induction or initiation, reformation, and integration of self and group; (3) development of self awareness in decision making through "I" power and language; and (4) the concepts of intuition and evolution and their role in structuring reality. This model of vocation has implications for personal living as well as for the community colleges in their development of career guidance and educational programs. A bibliography is included. (Author/MB)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Career Choice, Career Development, Career Planning, Church Role, Community Colleges, Decision Making, Individual Development, Religious Factors, Self Actualization, Self Concept, Two Year Colleges
United Ministries in Higher Education, 848 Pittock Block, Portland, Oregon 97205 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Ministries in Higher Education, Portland, OR.