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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 4: Founding a Future Narrative
Founding a Future Narrative
In what does the unity of an individual life consist? The answer is that its unity is the unity of a narrative embodied in a single life. To ask “What is the good for me?” is to ask how best I might live out that unity and bring it to completion.
A career decision promises continuity, but threatens discontinuity. Some values, strengths, and interests might figure prominently in a future scenario; but others will be left behind, subordinated, or perhaps even distorted in a transition. The whole question of a decision concerns what is to prevail and what is to be sacrificed. Without the promise of gain and the threat of loss, there is no decision ...