Personal Growth Through Career Work

Douglas T. Hall and Mireia Las Heras

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199734610
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Personal Growth Through Career Work

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In this chapter we present the concept of career as one that is well suited to a POS approach, as careers involve human possibilities and lifelong work pursuits. We review different conceptual approaches to careers, including subjective vs. objective views of career experience, as well as content vs. process approaches to understanding career dynamics. We present a model of different types of careers based upon different individuals’ personal definitions of success. We suggest more research on positive career concepts such as a career calling, the dream, psychological success, and the path with a heart.

Keywords: Objective career; subjective career; career success; psychological career success; developmental relationships; smart jobs; self-awareness; adaptability; career dream; reflected best self

Article.  8842 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Social Psychology

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