Career Flow:
Constructing Careers in the New Economy
Presented by:
Dr. Norm Amundson [email protected] &
Dr. Roberta Neault [email protected]
Agenda
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Inspiration
Metaphor
Model
Competencies
Hope
Self-Reflection
Self-Clarity
Visioning
Goal-Setting and Planning
Implementing and Adapting
The Book
The Inspiration
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Positive Psychology
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e.g., Seligman, 2002
Optimal Experience
“the way that people describe
their state of mind when
consciousness is harmoniously ordered,
and they want to pursue
whatever they are doing for its own sake.”
~Csikszentmihalyi, 1990; p. 6
FLOW Adapted from Csikszentmihalyi’s (1997) Finding Flow
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Anxiety
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L Worry
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Apathy
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Arousal
FLOW
Control
Relaxation
Boredom
SKILLS/RESOURCES
High
Optimal “Flow”
This involves participating in activities that:
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Completely capture our attention
Reflect our values and call upon our strengths
Allow us to feel as though we can express who we are
Engage us in appropriately challenging tasks
Career Flow Experiences
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Focus on a career flow experience
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Be concrete
Imagine all the different aspects
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Examine Your Career Flow Experience
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What were you doing at the time?
Was your involvement self-initiated?
Who were you with?
What was the setting?
What values were you expressing?
What skills were you using?
What interests were you manifesting?
How did it feel?
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Optimal Career Flow
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Identify
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Note
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When it occurs
Skills you are using
Values you are expressing
Interests you are manifesting
Tasks you are performing
Environment in which it is occurring
Your reaction to it
Keep an optimal career flow log
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The “Career Flow” Metaphor
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Steady flow
White water
Waterfalls
Still water
Stagnant water
Flow interrupted…
“Whitewater,” “Steady Flow,” or
“Still Water” Flow Experiences
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What were you doing at the time?
Were there other people involved?
What was the setting?
What skills were you using?
What, if anything, could have made this
experience more positive?
How did it feel?
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Career Flow - Stillwater
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Reflect
Remember
Re-imagine
Use
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Meditation
Journaling
Career counselling / Guided imagery
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Brainstorm possibilities - be creative!
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“Waterfalls” or “Stagnant”
Flow Experiences
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What were you doing at the time?
What was the setting?
What was missing?
What, if anything,
could have made the experience
more positive?
How did it feel?
How did you get out if it?
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Career Flow - Whitewater
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Communicate
Connect with resources
Complete most important/doable tasks first
Use
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Stress management
Time management
Self-care activities
Maintain a sense of
perspective
Career Flow - Stagnant Water
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Be
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Use
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Aware
Proactive
Intentional
Bold!
Self-awareness / Assertiveness
Networking / Job search strategies
Problem-solving skills
Take action!
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Career Flow Competencies
Environment
Environment
Self-Reflection
(Self / Circumstances)
Self-Clarity
Implementing &
Adapting
(Action / Flexibility)
Hope
(Objective, Subjective,
Life role)
Goal Setting & Planning
Visioning
(Long and Short-Term /
Action Steps)
(Possibilities / Future
Outcomes)
Environment
Environment
Career Flow Competencies
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Hope at the centre
Self-reflection and self-clarity
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Goal setting and planning
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Career exploration and research
Implementing
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The Wheel as a framework
Resumes, cover letters, portfolios
Generating leads
Interviewing
Adapting
 Flow interrupted / White water / Still water
Career Flow: The Book
Spencer G. Niles, Norman E. Amundson, Roberta A. Neault
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Introducing Career Flow
Essential Career Flow
Competencies
Pursuing Your Interests
(Passions)
Mapping Your Skills
Personality Style
Understanding Values
Connecting With Others:
Social, Emotional, and
Financial Support
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Optimal Career Flow / Setting Goals
Connecting to the World of Work
Turning Possibilities into Realities
Engaging the Search
Career Flow Interrupted - Realizing
Your Dreams in Challenging Times
Whitewater and Stillwater
Expanding the Career Flow Metaphor
 Career as a journey
 Your life as a book
 Your legacy
©2011 Pearson Education Inc, Boston, MA
Career Flow
For information about the book,
contact:
Norm Amundson
[email protected]
www.ergoncommunications.com
Roberta Neault
[email protected] / www.lifestrategies.ca
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