Donald Super’s “Life-Span, Life-Space Theory provides career professionals with a platform to assist clients from a developmental perspective. Considering the “person as a whole,” approach that Super employed, it changed the way clients were able to see themselves in various roles that they played in their daily lives. In order to operationalize his approach, he introduced his now well-utilized, “Career Rainbow Exercise,” which has become a staple for practicing qualitative or narrative approaches to career development and career change.
Taking Super’s work a step further, Markus and Nurius (1986) introduced, “Possible Selves Theory,” to assist clients in imagining the various “selves” that make up the multi-dimensional nature of the human spirit. They believed that each person has the capacity to possess a “future self,” a “current self,” and a “feared self.” By helping clients to discover the elements of each of their possible “selves,” they may be more apt to understand what motivates them toward their career goals. Career professionals can help clients to create change based on approach seems most agreeable and feasible to the client.
In this course, participants will be guided through the history and uses of each theoretical approach and their application to working with clients desiring a career change. The presenter will also demonstrate how to use 2 associated qualitative assessments, Super’s “Career Rainbow Exercise,” and another that was developed by the presenter, the “Possible Selves Escalator Exercise.” Both assessment templates will be provided along with written directions on how to complete the exercises with clients. The presenter will guide the participants through a step-by-step demonstration and provide related processing tips so participants can immediately implement these two career development tools into their practice.