Report on an interview conducted with a client on career choice.
Open Options, a career-counseling firm, had the honor of attending to a particular client who was seeking the advice of the firm in the career choice. Following is a report of the interview that was conducted in response to the clients order. The purpose of the interview was to assist the client follow the right path in the development of her career. The report covers a wide scope including the suitability of the client’s personality, skills, options open for her, the constraint that might hinder her from achieving her career and the value that the client wishes to get from the choice of her career. Sources of the information used for advising the client include; career books, records of previous works with some of our clients, and web pages that feature topics on career choice. The report has been divided into four sections including; the interview with the client; report on the sources used and the methods used; scope tackled; barriers to career choice; opportunities available for the client; and a conclusion.
Interview with the client- finding the problem
The interview I conducted with the client was designed for the purposes of enquiring on the issue she wanted tackled. The client explained that she needed the assistance of Open Options in developing the right path for her career. She wanted to get a good understanding of the right career for her, how she could possibly develop it and the options she had for the achieving it given the circumstances in which she was in at that particular moment.
Sources and methods
The information used to advice the client with was derived from books that advice on the development of a career. The book; career choice and development, authored by Brown Duane, provided information on theories used for developing career development and examples of how people develop particular traits in during the development of their careers. An internet source by Lent Robert, Brown Steven and Janet Schmidt, titled ‘Barriers to choice behavior’ contributed on the barriers that present themselves during the development of a career by an individual. Of use in advising the client also, were the records of previous interviews Open Options has held with the previous clients. This helped with the development of the activities that needed to be put into place prior, during, and after the interview. The information contained in the records also provided great material that formed the basis of the information shared on career choice and development.
The methods used in the development of the interview included interviewing the client to get to know her problem, undertaking a thorough investigation into the matter from books and the internet and by conducting a formal interview with the client to discuss the issue at hand.
The following is a description of the areas pertaining to career choice and development that were shared during the interview.
Identifying the right career
The right career for an individual can be determined with the reflection of a number of personal issues. There is a need for the identification of an individual’s personality. The personality of an individual must present a good match to the career intended, for example, an individual intending to develop a career on sales must be an outspoken, easy going, and friendly person who relates well with people. Matching one’s personality with the requirements of a career is important for the derivation of fulfillment in one’s career (Brown 2002p399-400). This therefore means that the client must first make an evaluation of her personality before deciding on the right career.
Motivation in career development is as important as the personality in fulfilling the person during the actual involvement in career. Motivation encompasses the interests of the individual. If the interest of the individual matches with the requirements of the career being sought after, the chances of the individual deriving satisfaction are very high. This also means that the individual will manage to stay much longer in her career as she enjoys working in the field (Lent et al 2000).
Skills play an equally important role in finding the right career for an individual. The skills are developed through the training that an individual gets in school or in other educational institutions. The skills help to bring out the abilities required for the development of an individual’s career. This means that an individual intending to develop a career in sales must undertake a course that deals with sales or that which closely relates to sales.
Values held by an individual are equally important in the development of one’s career. The values include the lifestyle that one would wish to lead such that if a the career demands that the individual work away from her family, then the client should evaluate whether that is what she really needs. It also means that the religious, moral and ethical requirements of the individual, of necessity must match with the requirement of the career (Brown 2002p398).
The aim of the individuals should also play a part in deciding the career path to adopt. The aim should incorporate the ambitions of the individual- the long term goals that the individual would wish to attain over a period of a specified time. This also means the evaluation of the one’s personal life like whether one is married or not and when they would wish to settle down in a family. It means whether the individual would wish to take a single job through out their lives or not, whether one would wish to retire and when.
Barriers to career choice development
A number of constraints in the development of an individual’s career were identified during the interview. Some of the constraints developed include the responsibilities that one may have of her family that may restrict her from either taking up the career in question or from developing in it once it has been undertaken. Other constraints may include the financial commitments that may be required; questionable qualifications, or the physical disability of the individual that can prevent the individual from taking up the career of ones choice (Brown 2002p400-401).
Opportunities available for the client
The availability of the options open for the individual availed through responding to job advertisements or vocational trainings as well as internships or other areas that might prove helpful in the development of the career. Networking is also extremely important as it helps one to get referrals to areas where one can get the jobs. Development of one’s own job is another way through which a career can be developed. One could also approach organizations to seek out the possibility of a vacant position in organizations (Lent et al 2000).
The report proved a very important one for the client who left the premises with an invaluable knowledge on how she could develop her career choice. She managed to enumerate her personalities and matched them with a number of careers open for her. It is expected that she will utilize all the information she managed to gather.
Brown D (2002) Career choice and development, John Wiley and Sons p398-401
Lent R, Brown S & Hackett G (2000) Contextual supports and barriers to career choice, a social cognitive analysis. As retrieved from www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/recordDetail?accno=EJ775321, on 12th June 2009, at 7.02am