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ERIC Number: ED452444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Addressing the Relationship between Career Development and Spirituality When Working with College Students.
Royce-Davis, Joanna; Stewart, Mark
Individuals hoping to thrive in the workplace require resources and professional support that are responsive to their holistic needs and enhance their effectiveness in navigating continuous change. Career counselors are likely to be of greatest assistance to their clients when they take into account all the personal, mental, physical, and spiritual dimensions that affect career development. This is especially accurate for college students for whom the undergraduate years tend to be a significant time for both career and spiritual growth. This paper discusses a phenomenological study conducted with 10 undergraduate students using open-ended interviews. Two categories of spiritual issues--spiritual struggles and spiritual growth--were identified by students as having a significant impact on their career development. Four of the students said that the resolution of these struggles continued to be a predominate career development need. Six participants spoke about a significant moment during their career planning when they experienced a conscious recognition of the importance of their spirituality to their development as a professional. This moment involved identification of a personal value system. The study points to the need to include recognition, validation, and discussion of spiritual issues as part of career planning. (Contains 21 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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