Choosing a Career from a Holistic Health Perspective By: Melanie Henderson Patricia Ricketts Veronica Owens CAREER
Inspirational Quotes • Quote: “Blessed is he who has found his work. Let him ask no other blessing.” Ravi Dykema
What is Holistic Health? • The holistic approach takes the broadest possible view of illness and disease, identifying multiple causes; both internal and external, and offers multi dimensional “healing ”, as opposed to specific “cures”. It is concerned with one’s propensity toward disease as it is with its transmission.
What is Holistic Health (cont’d) • Taking into account one’s body, mind, emotions, and spiritual life, holistic health combines the best of modern science diagnosis mentoring techniques with both ancient and innovative health promotion methods. These include: natural diet and herbal remedies, nutritional supplements, exercise, relaxation, psycho- spiritual
What is Holistic Health (cont’d) • counseling, meditation, breathing exercises, and other self-regulatory practices. • It addresses not only symptoms, but also the entire person, his or her current life predicament, including family life, job, and religious beliefs.The fundamental premise is that your body knows to be well, given the proper support.
How Does Holistic HealthApply to Choosing a Career? • How does HH apply to choosing a career? Work is art and “it is deeply linked to our sense of who we are and our relationship to the universe.” By finding work that offers us integrity, service, enjoyment, and excellence, it is possible to find work that fulfills and stay financially sound at the same time.
How Does Holistic Health Apply to Choosing a Career? (cont’d) • Through meaningful work, we can live, rather than just survive. You can translate your passion for what you love into a profession by identifying the thing you love to do and feeling that passion (FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU BELIVE IN- THAT IS THE PASSION).
Our Journey • In researching this project some personal observations we have made regarding finding the best career: • 1. The most important step is investing time in yourself to explore your passions, your strengths, your interests all prejudices aside.
Our Journey • Just as valuable as books and websites are activities and friends that bring out the best in you and allow you to examine your passions and choose a mode of excellence. • There are innumerable types of Careers. Many careers that we thought were “dream careers” are really out there!
Our Journey • Invest a significant amount of time exploring and researching through every mode you can think of. • ask people who seem happy what they do for a living • the internet is invaluable.
EXCELLENCEWe have found that discovering a satisfying career is about daily choosing a life of excellence.
Our Journey • Walk down the street looking at people and stores and businesses with a new paradigm of where you could be that you would passionately enjoy and feel rewarded.
EXCELLENCE • The following are quotes and definitions of excellence. • They are inspirations of how to begin your career search and how to view that process and path of discovery.
EXCELLENCE • “Excellence is a matter of intention. Aim to be fully present for whatever happens- then see how much richer your life is, even when things don’t go your way.” –Oprah Magazine, p 38, Dec Issue
EXCELLENCE • “Excellence is stopping consistently to figure out what you really want, who you really are, what your dreams are and what it will take to achieve them.Creating Time for introspection and vision…” -Melanie
EXCELLENCE • “The real power behind whatever successes I have now was something I found within myself- something that’s in all us, I think, a little piece of God just waiting to be discovered.”- Tina Turner • “Excellence encourages one about life generally, it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.” –George Elliot, novelist
EXCELLENCE • “Excellence is a matter of intention. Aim to be fully present for whatever happens- then see how much richer your life is, even when things don’t go your way.” – Oprah magazine, p 38, December issue. • “None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
EXCELLENCE • “When someone is truly centered, then that person is the definition of excellence, no matter what it is that he or she is doing.”- Audra McDonald, NY actress
EXCELLENCE • Another component is INTENTION and placing things in our lives that REMIND us of WHO WE ARE and our intentions. We love Bill Cosby’s quote: • “I gave all of my children names beginning with E, for Excellence. Because a baby comes into the world pure, unaffected and fragile. The E names remind us of the excellence we continually have to strive for in caring for that baby.”- Bill Cosby
EXCELLENCE • Why don’t we choose a nick-name of excellence for ourselves to remind us of who we are?
CAREER CHOICE APPROACHES
Career Approaches • There are many different theories or approaches in discovering the career that is the perfect match for you. • Below are a few of the most respected approaches:
CAREER CHOICE APPROACHES APPROACH ASSESSMENT (Holland Codes)
CAREER CHOICE APPROACHES • This assessment was pioneered by John Holland and is often referred to as the Holland Codes. • The Holland Codes assess clients in six different areas:
CAREER CHOICE APROACHES • The Holland Code (cont’d) • 1. Realistic • 2. Conventional • 3.Investigative • 4.Enterprising • 5.Social • 6.Artistic
CAREER CHOICE APPROACHES • The Holland Codes (cont’d) • Holland then gives each person a "code' based on their strengths in two or three areas and then provides them with a list of jobs that match these strengths. • The criticisms of the Holland Codes is the job matches are in very traditional, broad categories such as banker, teacher, etc.
CAREER CHOICE APPROACHES • The Holland Codes (cont’d) The Meyers-Briggs Test is an excellent tool that is based upon a combination of the Holland Theory and the following Personality Assessment Approach.
CAREER CHOICE APPROACHES PERSONALITY ASSESSMENTS
CAREER CHOICE APPROACHES Personality Assessment • The following are Personality Descriptions:
Realistic: Prefers physicalactivities that require skill,strength, and coordination. Shy, genuine, persistent, stable,conforming, practical. JOBS: Mechanic, drill press operator,assembly-line worker, farmer Career Personality: REALISTIC
Investigative: Prefers activitiesthat involve thinking,organizing, and understanding . Analytical, original, curious,independent JOBS Biologist, economist,mathematician, news reporter Career Personality: INVESTIGATIVE
Social: Prefers activities thatinvolve helping anddeveloping others. Sociable, friendly, cooperative,understanding JOBS Social workers, teacher,counselor, clinical psychologist Career Personality: SOCIAL
Conventional: Prefers rule-regulated, orderly, andunambiguous activities. Conforming, efficient, practical,unimaginative, inflexible JOBS Accountant, corporatemanager, bank teller, file clerk Career Personality: CONVENTIONAL
Enterprising: Prefers verbalactivities in which there areopportunities to influenceothers and attain power. Self-confident, ambitious,energetic, domineering JOBS Lawyer, real estate agent,public relations specialist, smallbusiness manager Career Personality:ENTERPRISING
Artistic: Prefers ambiguous andunsystematic activities thatallow creative expression. Imaginative, disorderly, idealistic,emotional, impractical JOBS Painter, musician, writer,interior decorator Career Personality:ARTISTIC
Personality- Job Fit Theory • Another approach on Career Personalities. What's Your Job Personality
Personality- Job Fit Theory • What do you like to do? What ever it is, it may be directing you towards a Career. Do you like music, art, and writing more than anything? Or do you enjoy hands-on projects, crafts and building? Maybe experiments, research, and science are more your thing. • If you are interested in what profession your personality is suited for check out your CAREER PERSONALITY PROFILE
Personality- Job Fit Theory THINKER: • Your family and friends can be sure to find you in a library or science lab. You want to absorb all there is to know about the world, and enjoy working on extra curricular activities in your free time. You are a perfect candidate to become a professional tutor, marine biologist, police detective, journalists, or a research lab technician. Keep reaching for the stars and you may end up finding a new planet!
Personality- Job Fit Theory • Although you work well with others, you really prefer to go it alone. Your idea of a great Sunday afternoon is having the house to yourself so you can work on your latest masterpiece. You are in touch with the world around you and how others are feeling. So you are best suited for a career as a social worker, painter, writer, or a job that will, exhibit all your talents, like a kindergarten or preschool teacher. Imagine a day of playing house, and finger painting; while molding the minds of children. That’s a pretty cool opportunity! FEELER
Personality- Job Fit Theory REACTOR • When push comes to shove, people look to you to get the job done. You’re always jumping in to help fix things and prefer to be working on a hands-on project than reading the latest mystery novel. You are best suited for a career like: a Seamstress, Carpenter, Mechanic, Gardener, or Firefighter. Keep that in mind when applying for your next job. It’s never too early to start!
Personality- Job Fit Theory • Related sites: • Jobs Analysis and Personality www.harvey.psyc.ut.edu • Connecting Personality Types with Careers and Jobs www.doi.gov/octc/typescar.html • Personality- Job Fit Theory www.prenhall.com/managementzone
CAREER APPROACHES • The last Career Approach we will explore was designed by Steve Miller who studied the above as well as many other approaches and tried to take Career Assessment to the next level. • This Approach appears to be the most Holistic Theory of all we came across.
CAREER CHOICEAPPROACHES THE IMPLICIT CAREER SEARCH
The Implicit Career Search • The Implicit Career Search: • It’s foundation is based on the work of Dr. Will Schultz, an American leader in the human potential movement and author of "The Human Element" and "Joy“, among other books.
Implicit Career Search • The Implicit Career Search encourages career changers to take an inward journey deeper than the level of personality to look at: • BEHAVIOR • FEELINGS • SELF-CONCEPT and • one's very ESSENCE in order to
The Implicit Career Search • arrive at a personal mission statement and from that, a work purpose statement. • Building on that, The Implicit Career Search takes the individual through a planning process to arrive at a strategy for developing that work purpose into a career decision.
The Implicit Career Search • This is a complex theory, but take one through the process of a: • Hero’s Journey, an • Inner Journey, and finally • Outer Journey
The Implicit Career Search. • It is an attempt career decisions at various levels of depth, from personal through to essence, • and for developing that career through increasing levels of holarchy from Craftsperson to Creator.
The Implicit Career Search • 1. Inner Journey • The point is that individuals were making satisfying career decisions based on a contribution they wished to release to the world and were able to develop solid career plans from that basis • Discovering One’s Purpose • The Holy Grail of this journey is the individual's Work Purpose and it seems to be located in one's very soulor: essence - that place where resides the growing embryo of a growing intelligence, a special intelligence usually buried under the immense weight of social shams.“ -Ken Wilber, No Boundary, Shambhala, 1985
The Implicit Career Search • 2. The Outer Journey • The creation contributed by the implicit career is the culmination of the previous four stages, craftsperson + manager + leader + expert. That which is created comes from essence and is a necessary part of evolution. The creator is freed from the restraints of attachments and is invincible and defense-less. The acorn has become an oak.