ERIC Number: ED404580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
The "High Five" of Career Development. ERIC Digest.
Redekopp, Dave E.; And Others
Some experts were asked to summarize what they knew about career development in five short messages. What resulted is the "High Five" of career development: 1) Change is constant; 2) Follow your heart; 3) Focus on the journey; 4) Stay learning; and 5) Be an ally. Each of these messages is briefly described in this digest. Change, in the form of technological, economic, social, and personal developments, occurs continuously and those who recognize and value their own fluidity will better adapt to their changing environment. These ongoing changes make stable guideposts all the more important and one's heart (values, beliefs, and interests) can serve as a constant and as a guide. Likewise, many people tend to focus on occupational destinations, rather than the journey. Since continual change undermines occupational predictions, persons must learn to enjoy the process and find fulfillment in all their decisions. One way to do this is to become a lifelong learner so that change and novelty will not seem so threatening. Finally, many people do not feel part of a community. They need to realize that the labor market is represented by those around them and that they should ask for help when a need arises. These actions should help individuals realize their life's goals. (RJM)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.; Canadian Guidance and Counselling Foundation, Ottawa (Ontario).