Story telling, career assessment and career counselling: A higher education case study

Mary McMahon, Mark Watson, Christopher Hoelson, Candice Chetty


Narrative and storied approaches to career counselling have become more prominent in recent decades. This paper presents a case study of a Xhosa-speaking woman who presented for career counselling in a South African higher education career service. It describes how career assessment can be incorporated into a story telling approach to career counselling in order to facilitate a holistic exploration of an individual clients career situation. The My System of Career Influences (MSCI) (Adult) reflection process and a career values card sort were utilized within a career counselling intervention based on a story telling approach to career counselling. Suggestions are offered for career counsellors and also counsellor educators.



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