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`This book should be viewed as essential reading for anyone interested in developing their understanding of the field of career counselling and developing their own approach. Practitioners will find much they might want to consider incorporating into their own work' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling `As a career counsellor working with clients of all ages and situations, I found Larry Cochran's new work both pragmatic and intellectually stimulating... [he] provides fresh insight into the essence of career counselling, examining the past to be able to understand the present in order to plan for the future. Written in an accessible style... this book is certainly something which encourages further re
Chapter 1: The Narrative Basis of Career Counseling
The Narrative Basis of Career Counseling
The basic subject of career counseling is a person's future. The present is not neglected, but it becomes important precisely because it is fraught with implications for the future. Although career counseling might involve a variety of immediate adjustments, the most fundamental outcome is a person's design for his or her future career, a projection of a course of life in working to produce ends.
Of necessity, the design of a person's future is a representation. That is, since the future has not yet happened, all one can do is try to anticipate various scenarios. One might refer to such a representation of the future as a vision, an image, a composition, a portrait, an ...