ERIC Number: ED211528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Leaving Education: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Changing Careers.
Stone, Christopher I.
A description is given of a workshop format that is being successfully used to motivate and guide teachers who are changing careers. Reasons cited for teachers leaving the profession include a heavily supplied market with reduced demand, economic stagnation and noncompetitive salaries, and job burnout. The workshop is designed to promote the ability of teachers to recapture a sense of control over their work destiny. The program consists generally of four components: self-awareness and understanding, awareness of the world of work, consultation with successful career changers, and follow up with peer support. The self-awareness component begins with an exercise in which participants are asked to list twenty things they really like to do. Analysis of individual lists helps in determining how enjoyable activities may be relevant to different career options. Following this, participants measure career opportunities through an interest inventory. This identifies their personality types (realistic, enterprising, social, artistic, conventional, investigative, social) and matches them with types of jobs. In integrating personal and career potential, the Wisconsin Center Information System is used. This computerized career information system contains information about occupational opportunities. The third workshop session offers consultation with successful career changers and provides information, motivation and possible role models. The final session provides group support for the participants and raises morale and optimism. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (Milwaukee, WI, October 16-18, 1981).