The Self-Concept Theory Of Career Development

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c) Self-concept Theory of Career Development The Self-concept theory was formulated by Super (1969, 1980, 1990) and suggests that career development and choice is essentially the process of implementing and developing the self-concept of an individual. From Super (1990), he states that self-concept refers to a product of complicated interactions among various factors that is personal experiences, mental and physical growth, and environmental stimulation and features. Super, however, had the assumption that an organic mechanism acts behind the maturation and development process and research done on Super’s theory articulated that stronger emphasis is placed on the reciprocal person-environment influence and the social context effects. Savickas (2002), while adding to self-concept theory by Super that imposed it was a theory of personal construct, however, leaned towards a constructive perspective and took the directive that “the career construction process revolves around implementation and development of vocational work roles self-concepts. He holds that an essentially stable self-concept out to appear later in the adolescence phase that serves as guidance to career adjustment and choice. Under Savickas (2002) advancements of the theory, he, however, stated that self-concept would continue to advance through an individual’s experiences and would progress through the stages of development. He indicated that satisfaction both at work and in life is achieved continuously

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