CAREER Choosing a Career from a Holistic Health Perspective By: Melanie Henderson Patricia Ricketts Veronica Owens Inspirational Quotes • Quote: “Blessed is he who has found his work. Let him ask no other blessing.” Ravi Dykema What is Holistic Health? • The holistic approach takes the broadest possible view of illness and disease, identifying multiple causes; both internal and external, and offers multi dimensional “healing”, as opposed to specific “cures”. It is concerned with one’s propensity toward disease as it is with its transmission. What is Holistic Health (cont’d) • Taking into account one’s body, mind, emotions, and spiritual life, holistic health combines the best of modern science diagnosis mentoring techniques with both ancient and innovative health promotion methods. These include: natural diet and herbal remedies, nutritional supplements, exercise, relaxation, psycho- spiritual What is Holistic Health (cont’d) • counseling, meditation, breathing exercises, and other self-regulatory practices. • It addresses not only symptoms, but also the entire person, his or her current life predicament, including family life, job, and religious beliefs. The fundamental premise is that your body knows to be well, given the proper support. How Does Holistic Health Apply to Choosing a Career? • How does HH apply to choosing a career? Work is art and “it is deeply linked to our sense of who we are and our relationship to the universe.” By finding work that offers us integrity, service, enjoyment, and excellence, it is possible to find work that fulfills and stay financially sound at the same time. How Does Holistic Health Apply to Choosing a Career? (cont’d) • Through meaningful work, we can live, rather than just survive. You can translate your passion for what you love into a profession by identifying the thing you love to do and feeling that passion (FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU BELIVE IN- THAT IS THE PASSION). Our Journey • In researching this project some personal observations we have made regarding finding the best career: • 1. The most important step is investing time in yourself to explore your passions, your strengths, your interests all prejudices aside. Our Journey • Just as valuable as books and websites are activities and friends that bring out the best in you and allow you to examine your passions and choose a mode of excellence. • There are innumerable types of Careers. Many careers that we thought were “dream careers” are really out there! Our Journey • Invest a significant amount of time exploring and researching through every mode you can think of. • ask people who seem happy what they do for a living • the internet is invaluable. EXCELLENCE We have found that discovering a satisfying career is about daily choosing a life of excellence. Our Journey • Walk down the street looking at people and stores and businesses with a new paradigm of where you could be that you would passionately enjoy and feel rewarded. EXCELLENCE • The following are quotes and definitions of excellence. • They are inspirations of how to begin your career search and how to view that process and path of discovery. EXCELLENCE • “Excellence is a matter of intention. Aim to be fully present for whatever happens- then see how much richer your life is, even when things don’t go your way.” – Issue Oprah Magazine, p 38, Dec EXCELLENCE • “Excellence is stopping consistently to figure out what you really want, who you really are, what your dreams are and what it will take to achieve them. Creating Time for introspection and vision…” -Melanie EXCELLENCE • “The real power behind whatever successes I have now was something I found within myself- something that’s in all us, I think, a little piece of God just waiting to be discovered.”- Tina Turner • “Excellence encourages one about life generally, it shows the spiritual wealth of the world.” –George Elliot, novelist EXCELLENCE • “Excellence is a matter of intention. Aim to be fully present for whatever happens- then see how much richer your life is, even when things don’t go your way.” – Oprah magazine, p 38, December issue. • “None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson EXCELLENCE • “When someone is truly centered, then that person is the definition of excellence, no matter what it is that he or she is doing.”- Audra McDonald, NY actress EXCELLENCE • Another component is INTENTION and placing things in our lives that REMIND us of WHO WE ARE and our intentions. We love Bill Cosby’s quote: • “I gave all of my children names beginning with E, for Excellence. Because a baby comes into the world pure, unaffected and fragile. The E names remind us of the excellence we continually have to strive for in caring for that baby.”- Bill Cosby EXCELLENCE • Why don’t we choose a nick- name of excellence for ourselves to remind us of who we are? CAREER CHOICE APPROACHES Career Approaches • There are many different theories or approaches in discovering the career that is the perfect match for you. • Below are a few of the most respected approaches: CAREER CHOICE APPROACHES 1. APPROACH ASSESSMENT (Holland Codes) CAREER CHOICE APPROACHES • This assessment was pioneered by John Holland and is often referred to as the Holland Codes. • The Holland Codes assess clients in six different areas: CAREER CHOICE APROACHES • The Holland Code (cont’d) –1. Realistic –2. Conventional –3.Investigative –4.Enterprising –5.Social –6.Artistic CAREER CHOICE APPROACHES • The Holland Codes (cont’d) • Holland then gives each person a "code' based on their strengths in two or three areas and then provides them with a list of jobs that match these strengths. • The criticisms of the Holland Codes is the job matches are in very traditional, broad categories such as banker, teacher, etc. CAREER CHOICE APPROACHES • The Holland Codes (cont’d) The Meyers-Briggs Test is an excellent tool that is based upon a combination of the Holland Theory and the following Personality Assessment Approach. CAREER CHOICE APPROACHES PERSONALITY ASSESSMENTS CAREER CHOICE APPROACHES Personality Assessment –The following are Personality Descriptions: Career Personality: REALISTIC • Realistic: • JOBS: • Prefers physical • Mechanic, drill activities that require skill, press operator, strength, and assembly-line coordination. worker, farmer • Shy, genuine, persistent, stable, conforming, practical. Career Personality: INVESTIGATIVE • Investigative: • JOBS Prefers activities that involve • Biologist, thinking, economist, organizing, and mathematician, understanding . news reporter • Analytical, original, curious, independent • Career Personality: SOCIAL • Social: Prefers • JOBS activities that • Social workers, involve helping and teacher, developing counselor, others. clinical • Sociable, psychologist friendly, cooperative, understanding Career Personality: CONVENTIONAL • Conventional: • JOBS • Prefers rule- • Accountant, regulated, orderly, and corporate unambiguous manager, bank activities. teller, file clerk • Conforming, efficient, practical, unimaginative, inflexible Career Personality: ENTERPRISING • Enterprising: • JOBS • Prefers verbal activities in which • Lawyer, real there are estate agent, opportunities to public relations influence others and attain specialist, small power. business • Self-confident, ambitious, manager energetic, domineering Career Personality: ARTISTIC • Artistic: • JOBS • Prefers ambiguous and • Painter, unsystematic musician, activities that writer, allow creative expression. interior • Imaginative, decorator disorderly, idealistic, emotional, impractical Personality- Job Fit Theory • Another approach on Career Personalities. Personality- Job Fit Theory • What do you like to do? What ever it is, it may be directing you towards a Career. Do you like music, art, and writing more than anything? Or do you enjoy hands-on projects, crafts and building? Maybe experiments, research, and science are more your thing. • If you are interested in what profession your personality is suited for check out your CAREER PERSONALITY PROFILE Personality- Job Fit Theory • Your family and friends can be THINKER: sure to find you in a library or science lab. You want to absorb all there is to know about the world, and enjoy working on extra curricular activities in your free time. You are a perfect candidate to become a professional tutor, marine biologist, police detective, journalists, or a research lab technician. Keep reaching for the stars and you may end up finding a new planet! Personality- Job Fit Theory • Although you work well with others, you really prefer to go it FEELER alone. Your idea of a great Sunday afternoon is having the house to yourself so you can work on your latest masterpiece. You are in touch with the world around you and how others are feeling. So you are best suited for a career as a social worker, painter, writer, or a job that will, exhibit all your talents, like a kindergarten or preschool teacher. Imagine a day of playing house, and finger painting; while molding the minds of children. That’s a pretty cool opportunity! Personality- Job Fit Theory • When push comes to shove, REACTOR people look to you to get the job done. You’re always jumping in to help fix things and prefer to be working on a hands-on project than reading the latest mystery novel. You are best suited for a career like: a Seamstress, Carpenter, Mechanic, Gardener, or Firefighter. Keep that in mind when applying for your next job. It’s never too early to start! Personality- Job Fit Theory • Related sites: • Jobs Analysis and Personality www.harvey.psyc.ut.edu • Connecting Personality Types with Careers and Jobs www.doi.gov/octc/typescar.html • Personality- Job Fit Theory www.prenhall.com/managementzone CAREER APPROACHES • The last Career Approach we will explore was designed by Steve Miller who studied the above as well as many other approaches and tried to take Career Assessment to the next level. • This Approach appears to be the most Holistic Theory of all we came across. CAREER CHOICE APPROACHES THE IMPLICIT CAREER SEARCH The Implicit Career Search • The Implicit Career Search: • It’s foundation is based on the work of Dr. Will Schultz, an American leader in the human potential movement and author of "The Human Element" and "Joy“, among other books. Implicit Career Search • The Implicit Career Search encourages career changers to take an inward journey deeper than the level of personality to look at: • BEHAVIOR • FEELINGS • SELF-CONCEPT and • one's very ESSENCE in order to The Implicit Career Search • arrive at a personal mission statement and from that, a work purpose statement. • Building on that, The Implicit Career Search takes the individual through a planning process to arrive at a strategy for developing that work purpose into a career decision. The Implicit Career Search • This is a complex theory, but take one through the process of a: • Hero’s Journey, an • Inner Journey, and finally • Outer Journey The Implicit Career Search. • It is an attempt career decisions at various levels of depth, from personal through to essence, • and for developing that career through increasing levels of holarchy from Craftsperson to Creator. The Implicit Career Search • 1. Inner Journey • The point is that individuals were making satisfying career decisions based on a contribution they wished to release to the world and were able to develop solid career plans from that basis • Discovering One’s Purpose • The Holy Grail of this journey is the individual's Work Purpose and it seems to be located in one's very soul or: essence - that place where resides the growing embryo of a growing intelligence, a special intelligence usually buried under the immense weight of social shams.“ -Ken Wilber, No Boundary, Shambhala, 1985 The Implicit Career Search • 2. The Outer Journey • The creation contributed by the implicit career is the culmination of the previous four stages, craftsperson + manager + leader + expert. That which is created comes from essence and is a necessary part of evolution. The creator is freed from the restraints of attachments and is invincible and defense-less. The acorn has become an oak. • The Implicit Career Search • The Craftsperson Stage • 1. The Craftsperson asks what skills do I have or need to acquire for this job? • 2. The craftsperson is focused upon jobs that are present and accessible. We all start at this first stage. The goal is to transition to the next stage, the Creator Stage. The Implicit Career Search • The Creator – What Do I do that no one else does? The Expert – Where do I focus my learnings? The Leader – How do I combine my skills with others? The Manager The Implicit Career Search – How do I organize and market these skills? The Craftsperson • Today's heroes make the shift from an industrial mindset to an informational one by changing their job search approach from, "Who can provide me with a job?" to "What do I have to contribute?" The Implicit Career Search • As the individual develops the career along these lines the mission and work purpose statements evolve from centering on: • self-family-nation-world-spirit. Implicit Career Search • For further information on the approach of the “Implicit Career Search” see the website: • www.implicitjourney.com CAREERS IN HOLISTIC HEALTH CAREERS IN HOLISTIC HEALTH • Resources for Careers in Holistic Health – library.leeuniversity.edu/guides/ general/careers/health.htm • See Therapy and Holistic Health Careers. Has info on many other links and career guides. Excellent. -- American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) - Career Choice • See next page CAREERS IN HOLISTIC HEALTH • American Holistic Health Association Web page: http://ahha.org/ahhacareer.html • Includes: Associations, everything from Acupuncture and Aromatherapy to Pain Management and Holistic Medicine. • An excellent resource with more valuable links within. CAREERS IN HOLISTIC HEALTH • JFK University’s website: http://www.jfku.edu/holistic/index.html • JFK University has a number of Holistic Health Oriented Degrees and Certificates including; – Transformative Arts – Consciousness Studies – Holistic Health Education CAREERS IN HOLISTIC HEALTH JFK University Holistic Health Graduate Degrees -Integral Psychology – Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in: – Holistic Studies (Campbell) – Somatic Psychology (Orinda) – Transpersonal Psychology (Orinda)\. The website defines and describes each of these programs of study in more detail. Dream Studies and Life Coaching Certificates are also offered. Excellent General Career Related Websites Excellent General Career Related Websites • www.EMode.com • IQ Tests, Career/Right Job tests, Personality tests and more… • All tests have FREE initial results and have the option to purchase a more detailed analysis. Detailed results are $29.95 and worth from my experience. Excellent Career Related Websites • www.assessment.com • Website for MAPP- Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential. • Has FREE 70 question career matching test. Then for further tools and more complete report is $29.99. Even free more limited evaluation is valuable. Excellent Career Related Websites • www.holisticmed.com/stressfree.html. Valuable STRESS RELIEF STRATEGIES and resources. • www.creativekeys.net/freelanceliving/ar ticle1022.html Creating PROSPERITY- a holistic approach • www.monster.com Well known resume posting board, but has career-choosing resources and resume-builder resources as well. (See: Get Career Advice Tab.) Excellent Career Related Websites • www.FlipDog.com • See RESOURCE CENTER tab which includes, stress management, training and tests, a link to • www.wetfeet.com • includes more resources, books, articles and website, for career changers, undergrads, MBA’s, etc. • TrueCareers.com • Includes resume posting and other services similar to monsterboard.com • See Career Resources link. Includes career articles, many of which are helpful. “Live to Work or Work to Live: That is the Question” article is fantastic, with great links within the article! Slay The Four Voices of Doubt Another Helpful Tool: Slay The Four Voices of Doubt • Another Helpful Tool: • 1. Voice of Gloom and Doom: That’s the idea that says “ I can’t really do what I want to do and make a living at it. Better not think about it”. • 2. Voice of conformity: Since so many people are unhappy in their work, if someone says “I would really love to do this”; they’re likely to get a lot of negative feedback to being happy in the job. “The “who do you think you are” attitude.” Just stay in line with the rest of us”. Slay The Four Voices of Doubt (cont’d) • 3. Voice of Self-Diminishment: “Am I good enough?” “Can I make it?” “Do I have the ability?”… • 4. Voice of Idle complaint: The general sense that the deck is stack against you; the economy, society, mercury in retrograde, whatever it is. “There’s something out there that’s stopping me.” Slay The Four Voices of Doubt (cont’d) • The Antidote: seeing you as the hero in respect to work, the one who goes on the quest. In other words, seeking what it is that you’re looking for. You may not be clear yet, but you are on this quest in the game of life’s’ work. • Uses the ISEE formula by author Laurence G Boldt for how to find work you love: Integrity, Service, Enjoyment, and Excellence. Choose a meaningful Career. Do More than Survive… Choose to EXCEL!!!