• Career Decision Making Case Study: Mark

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    A 3 page paper based on a student-supplied scenario of a Lt. Colonel who is faced with a decision about retiring. Tiedeman's outline of the eight stages of career psychosocial development is used to discuss the case. Bibliography lists 1 sources.

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    there is a good chance he would retire as a full-bird colonel. That means a higher retirement income for himself and his family. Additionally, such a prestigious end to his  military career could well open up other opportunities in the private sector when he does retire. He is long out of touch with his college training in petroleum engineering. Too  much has changed over the last 23 years. This leaves Mark exactly where the scenario indicated: no job prospects. His choices seem to be: returning to school to either upgrade  his skills or take a new major; looking for a job where he can use the management skills he has gained in the military; or continue in the military for  another four years. The last option requires a move to Washington, D.C. or its environs. Tiedeman bases his Eight Stages of Career Psychosocial Development on Eriksons stages of psychosocial development  (Brotherton, n.d.). In terms of the eight stages, based on Marks experience and position, it would seem that: 1. Mark trusts the work environment (Brotherton, n.d.). 2. Mark is autonomous,  able to make independent decisions (Brotherton, n.d.). 3. Mark has initiative, he is able to plan activities (Brotherton, n.d.). 4. He has a sense of mastery in his work areas  and follows through (Brotherton, n.d.). 5. Has strong ego identity (Brotherton, n.d.). 6. His relationships are steady and continually strengthened (Brotherton, n.d.). 7. He is continuing in a future focus  (Brotherton, n.d.). 8. He accepts responsibilities (Brotherton, n.d.). These positive conclusions must be made because without them, he could not have accomplished what he has accomplished. It is true that  at this time, Mark is confused about an immediate decision, which some could construe as demonstrating a conflict in the Ego Identity vs. Role Confusion stage but it really is 

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