As many of my twitter followers likely already know, I’ve been participating in a weekly twitter chat for Canadian Career Development Professionals – called #HireCAN – for a few months now (and if you didn’t know, that should explain the weekly burst of my twitter activity every Friday at 11 PST).
Last week, I had the privilege of hosting the chat, and choosing a topic for the discussion. Being the ‘big ideas’ person I am, I went with career development theory as a topic, and the chat went really well! The chats are organized by providing opinions, discussion, and resources related to four questions. Here were mine:
1. What theories most inform your practice as a career development professional (CDP)?
2. What is the role of career development theory in a CDP’s modern practice?
3. To what extent should clients understand their CDP’s theory/philosophy and corresponding techniques?
4. What resources would you recommend to CDP’s and/or clients in order to learn more about career development theories?
#HireCan playground today: Career Dev. Theory w/ @lindenforest YAH! for existentialism, careers and a good darkroast coffee #HireCan
For the first time in #HireCAN history, we had international participation! The insightful David Winter from the “Careers – In Theory” blog (a personal favourite) sacrificed an hour of his Friday evening to join in the chat.
I’m pretending to be Canadian for the evening. #HireCAN
Many others joined in, as will hopefully be made obvious by inclusion of their tweets. We didn’t waste any time in getting to the first discussion question: What theories most inform your practice as a career development professional (CDP)?
A1: I tend to assume that all theories can be helpful, especially the ones that contradict my natural assumptions #hirecan
And that brought us to question two: what is the role of career development theory in a CDP’s modern practice? We had a few different opinions, but we all felt that theory is an important and ethical component of a CDP’s practice.
Q2: to customize the application of theory in service to client,& to contribute to the CDP community by offering info for evolution #HireCan
Love the metaphors! They’re such an amazing way of communicating information in an immediately understandable manner. Speaking of understanding, here’s our third question: to what extent should clients understand their CDP’s theory/philosophy and corresponding techniques?
A3. I explain as much as the client wants or needs to hear. I may start with ‘there’s a theory..’ If I lose them, I go with flow #HireCAN
Lastly, question four: What resources would you recommend to CDP’s and/or clients in order to learn more about career development theories? Blogs, LinkedIn groups, and formal courses & textbooks all emerged as viable resources.