This 3 page paper discusses the case of a bright, 17-year-old girl who is confused about what college to attend an what career path to pursue. The conflict is driven by perceived family responsibilities. The writer cites Mitchell and Krumboltz theory of career decision making. Bibliography lists 1 source.
CAREER DECISION MAKING CASE STUDY: AMELIA , properly!
Amelia, 17, is very conflicted. She has excellent grades. She is in the top percentiles on standardized tests and she scored well on the SAT with her math score
being significantly higher than her verbal score, 670 to 550, respectively. The fact that she was accepted at a highly competitive university also attests to her intellectual and academic abilities.
The conflict lies between what she wants to do and her feelings of responsibilities to her family. Given her fathers accident and subsequent inability to practice law, she feels
she should help the family. Mitchell and Krumboltz suggest there are four factors in the process of career development: 1. Genetic endowments and special abilities: each person has a
range of ability that may be inherited or gained through practice. We need to discover and develop our abilities (Brotherton, 2005). Amelia is a gifted student who is especially strong
in math and science, which could be both inherited from her physician-father and obtained through activities and discussions at home. 2. Environmental conditions and events: what is happening around an
individual has an effect on discovering abilities and our career preferences (Brotherton, 2005). The home environment changed dramatically when her father had an accident which resulted in a wheelchair and
losing his career. 3. Learning Experiences: our sense of self is affected by our learning experiences and our sense of the world (Brotherton, 2005). Amelias sense of self is one
that is based on perceived responsibilities, which, in turn, stem from family love and closeness. Beyond that, Amelia has had many associative learning experiences through her two professional parents. 4.