Spencer (Skip) Niles
Thursday, July 7, 2011, 9:30 am Pacific, 10:30 am Mountain, 11:30 am Central, 12:30 am EST, 5:30 am Zurich, 6:30 pm Istanbul
Managing the Career Development Process through "Career Flow"
The metaphor of "career flow" provides key skills for managing career development experiences. Career Flow competencies include hope, self-reflection, self-clarity, visioning, goal-setting, planning, implementing and adapting. Career flow moments can be rated "whitewater" (high demand), stillwater (low demand), or optimal (engaging and stimulating). Each type of career flow requires different skills to manage challenges effectively. Discover how to use the metaphor of "career flow" to take control of the career development process.
Exercise: Identify a Specific Optimal Career
Close your eyes and remember:
- What was the setting?
- Who was there?
- What tasks were you performing?
- What skills were you using?
- What interests and values were you expressing?
- Who initiated the activity?
Now open your eyes and write down your reflections about this experience.
Dr. Spencer Niles is Distinguished Professor and Department Head for Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at Pennsylvania State University where he also serves as Director of the Center for the Study of Career Development and Public Policy. He is the recipient of the National Career Development Association’s (NCDA) Eminent Career Award, a NCDA Fellow, an American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellow, ACA’s David Brooks Distinguished Mentor Award, the ACA Extended Research Award, and the University of British Columbia Noted Scholar Award. He served as President for the National Career Development Association and Editor for The Career Development Quarterly. Currently, he is the Editor of the Journal of Counseling & Development and is an editorial board member for several international journals devoted to career development. He has authored or co-authored approximately 110 publications and delivered over 120 presentations on career development theory, practice, and public policy. He is an Honorary Member of the Japanese Career Development Association, Honorary Member of the Italian Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance, and a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Ohio Career Development Association.
Dr. Spencer Niles
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Each chapter of Career Flow: A Hope-Centered Approach to Career Development offers:
- a case example
- questions for reflection
- additional resources
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Section I: Introduction
1. Introducing Career Flow
2. Essential Career Flow Competencies
Section II: Self-Reflecting and Self-Clarity
3. Pursuing Your Interests (Passions)
4. Mapping Your Skills: Those You Have and Those You Need
5. Personality Style
6. Understanding Values through Workplace Attraction
7. Connecting With Others: Social, Emotional, and Financial Support
Section III: Visioning, Goal Setting, and Planning
8. Optimal Career Flow and Setting Goals
9. Connecting to the World of Work: Research, Job Leads, and Trend-Spotting
Section IV: Implementing
10. Turning Possibilities into Realities
11. Engaging the Search: Generating Leads, Networking, Interviewing, and Making a Successful Transition
Section V: Adapting
12. Career Flow Interrupted: Realizing Your Dreams in Challenging Times
13. Whitewater and Stillwater Career Flow Experiences
14. Expanding the Career Flow Metaphor
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This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interviews. I first met Spencer (Skip) Niles at a NCDA president's reception. He was sitting around chatting with his buddies, all of whom were prominent NCDA members. I sort of butted in with some passionate statement about something (I can't remember what it was). With a twinkle in his eyes, he nodded his head and encouraged me to go on. I continue to passionately ask questions or put in my two cents about topics of interest to me and Skip continues to encourage countless graduate students and career professionals like me to explore deeper this intriguing field. As head of the Educational Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education at the University of Pennsylvania and as Director of the Center for Career Development and Public Policy, he has an unending list of responsibilities and has received numerous awards from major organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has authored or co-authored approximately 110 publications and has delivered over 120 presentations on career development theory, practice, and public policy. Welcome Skip Niles!
1st half hour
- My first question is how do you manage to do so much without going on overload? Does it have something to do with your dry sense of humor?
- The career process is generally recognized as a series of steps, including identifying strengths, exploring options, setting goals, and putting together an action plan. You and your co-authors (Norm Amundson and Roberta Neault, both of whom I've interviewed on Careerwell) came up with a new approach, Career Flow. How did you come up with this concept? What were your sources of inspriation?
- How is the Career Flow approach different from other career processes? (SLIDE 2)
- Could you identify the four major types of Career Flow? (SLIDE 3)
- What is Optimal Flow? (SLIDE 4)
- Could you lead us on a guided visualization on "Optimal Flow"? (SLIDE 5)
On the hour...
- Review the four types of "Flow" (SLIDE 3)
- Ask those who have experienced the guided imagery of "Optimal Flow" for their responses and help them understand the value of this guided imagery exercise.
- What is "Whitewater Flow"? Could you give an example? (SLIDE 6)
- What is "Stagnant Flow"? Could you give an example? (SLIDE 7)
- What is "Stillwater Flow"? Could you give an example (SLIDE 8)
- Are there other influences to career flow? How do hope and environment impace the types of flow?
- What are the career flow competencies and how do they relate to the types of flow (diagram on SLIDE 9)
- How can listeners get your Hope Centered Career Inventory (HCCI)? (SLIDE 10)
- How could career practitioners apply your inventory and concepts in their career advising?
- Could you summarize the "career flow" concept and its significance in today's marketplace?
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Thank you Skip, thank you listeners. This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interviews.