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Career Autobiography

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Martyn Rush

on 21 February 2016

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Career Autobiography
Personal Background Information
Career Development History
Significant Career Development Events
Family Genogram
High School
To be a college student
Become independent
Graduate top of the class
Find the right college
Narrow down/select a major
College tuition and application costs are expensive. I had to limit which colleges I applied to, and hope that I would be awarded an academic or athletic scholarship
Further my education (Master's & Ph.D)
Become a school counselor
Apply to Graduate schools
Graduate with Master's degree
Find school counselor job openings
As an undergraduate, my major was broad (Psychology). I enjoyed many of the Psych classes, making it difficult for me to choose a career path.
As a graduate student, my education timeline was disrupted by canceled classes. My expected graduation date is pushed back half a year.
Life Events that Influenced Career Development
The death of my father
Inspired by my mother's strength & courage
Meeting my soon-to-be husband
Gives me more self-confidence, greater self-esteem, and an added assurance in my counseling abilities
Persons who were/are influential to me
My Mama
Raised two young children as a widowed mother
Went back to school to get a job that could support her two children
Words cannot describe the impact she has on my life

Incredibly smart
Passed away while studying to become a doctor
Inspired by his level of knowledge and education

Gender, Religion, and Culture that influence career development
Female minority
Gender Gap

Work and Life Role History
Job History
Jobs as a High School Student
Cheer Camp Instructor
Weekend Nanny

Jobs as a College Student
Aerobic and Strength Training Fitness Instructor
Substitute School Counselor
Significant Life Roles (present & future)
Present Roles
Make my Mama proud
Prove that success can come from a single-mother household
Be a good role model for my barely younger (by 18 months) brother
Be a good role model for my fiance's siblings, 3 of the 6 children are under 15 years old

Application of 3 Career Development Theories
Happenstance Learning Theory
Person-Environment-Correspondence (PEC) Theory
Defined as: a person and his/her work environment must have some type of congruence
(Rehfuss, Gambrell, & Meyer, 2012)
Trait-and-Factor Theory
Future Career Goals
5 year
Aspirations, Goals, and Deterrents
Achieve Life Milestones
Become School Counselor
Become a Wife
Become a Mother

Steps to achieve my goals
Family of Origin and Current Career Genogram Information
Paternal Side
Values education and hard work
Grandfather is an architect (almost retired)
Grandmother is a medical assistant
Uncle (now deceased) was studying to become a doctor. He passed away while in medical school.
My father (who is also deceased) was a mechanic. He studied to be a mechanic at the local "career center" while in high school.
Maternal Side
value leadership
Grandfather (now deceased) was a farmer. My grandfather made sure he worked hard so that he could provide for his family on his own.
Grandmother was a stay-at-home mom, or homemaker.
Uncle is a multiple business owner
My mother is currently an orthodontic assistant and patient treatment coordinator.
She studied at the same "career center" as my father.
She once was a beautician and owned her own hair salon for many years.
When my dad passed away (I was seven), she sold her business and went back to school. She is now remarried, and my stepfather is an electrician.
To be like Mom (early childhood)
To not be like Mom (adolescence)
Become a hairdresser (early childhood)
Become a teacher (adolescence)
I had many interests as a child, many likes and few dislikes. It was difficult and confusing to narrow down the right career choices.
Highlights and Low Points of Job History
Unpredicted benefits/rewards from all jobs
All taught life lessons
All led to my current career path
No low points; Blessed to have all the opportunities

High School AP English Teacher
Prepared me for college classes
Made the high school to college transition seem effortless (somewhat)

School Counselor
I worked as her substitute while she was on maternity leave
Learned more than I could have ever imagined from her
Who I strive to be like as a school counselor
Carol Davis
David Rushing
Rachel Johnson
Amanda Lunnen
Strong Christian faith
Not allowed to fully express it
My faith is more important to me than my career
Traditional family
Being a working mother

Previous Jobs
Present Job
Church Youth Director
Some of my lovely youth kids
(all gladly agreed to be a part of my presentation)
Future Roles
Support my husband
Allow time to be with spouse apart from work
Work to support my children
Split time between School Counselor and Mom
10 year
Aspirations, Goals, and Deterrents
20 year
Aspirations, Goals, and Deterrents
Get married (July, 2014)
Graduate from Master's program
Find open counselor jobs
Start a family
Apply to Ph.D. programs
Economic Crisis
Be a good mother
Be established in my career
Parent my children
Remain educated in the school counseling field

Unknown at this point; I know there will be some along the way
Remain on a path to retirement
Raised wonderful children
Make a difference
Continue to be a Godly example
Stay educated in career field
Continue to parent my children

Again, difficult for me to imagine now
Unpredicted life events can occur
1. Get married
2. Graduate with Master's degree
3. Find job opening as School Counselor
4. Become a mother
5. Enter Ph.D. Program
6. Graduate Ph.D. program
7. Continue to grow as a counselor, wife, mother, and Christian

These are specific goals; I do not care what order or how long it takes, they will all be achieved
Personal Background Information
Career Development History
Significant Career Development Events
Work and Life Role History
Application of Career Development Theories
Future Career Goals

Presentation Overview
Martyn Rush
North Carolina A & T State University

A short clip discussing the Gender Gap
Defined as: Unexpected occurrences or chance events that happen in one's life contribute, both positively and negatively, to one's career path (Krumboltz, Foley, & Cotter, 2013).
Chance event that I worked as a substitute school counselor, instead of shadowing a counselor
Chance event that I was asked to take her position after she decided to move away
*Both are positive unexpected occurrences that contributed to my career path
Needed 15 Master's hours and a Praxis score to accept her job offer
*Negative unexpected occurrence that contributed to my career path
The positive unexpected occurrences allowed me to see that I am fully capable of becoming a school counselor, and that I can do a great job. The negative occurrence allows me to fully focus on my studies. I still keep in my mind that I impressed her with my job skills enough to want to hire me. That compliment is plenty to be thankful for.
My chance events/unexpected occurrences
How it impacts my career path
Rehfuss, Gambrell, Meyer (2012):
Compatibility between person and his/her work environment leads to success, satisfaction, and stability
How it relates to my career development
Great person-environment fit in all previous/current jobs
Led to great success, stability, and satisfaction within each job
I met all the requirements of each job, and each job met my individual needs
My college career was a reflection of an Existential struggle
What is my life purpose(s)? What gives my life meaning?
Defined as: matching an individual's traits with the occupation requirements (Johnson, Nichols, Buboltz, & Riedesel, 2002)
Johnson, Nichols, Buboltz, and Riedesel (2002)
Used Trait-and-Factor approach with college students
Also used practical applications such as interpretation of tests to predict career similarities
Results showed an increase in vocational identity and increased career decision-making self-efficacy
How it applies to my career development
I lacked career decision-making self-efficacy in college
Took many career assessments
Results allowed me to narrow down my interests to the helping profession
Still had to narrow down careers in the helping profession, but this gave me the start I needed to find the perfect career.
Existential Lifestyle
DeWitz, Woolsey, and Walsh (2009) explored Existential views for college students
Studied connection between self-efficacy and life purpose with college students
Greater self-efficacy was a predictor of life purpose
Existential Theory is my favorite
I believe I have many life purposes
In college, I thought I could only have one life purpose
The idea of having more than one allowed me to gain career decision-making autonomy
My struggle is common with the college student population
J. DeWitz, L. Woolsey, B. Walsh (2009). College Student Retention: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Self-Efficacy Beliefs and Purpose in Life Among College Students. Journal of College Student Development, 50(1), pp. 19-34.

Johnson, P., Nichols, C. N., Buboltz Jr., W. C., & Riedesel, B. (2002). Assessing a Holistic Trait and Factor Approach to Career Development of College Students. Journal Of College Counseling, 5(1), 4.

Krumboltz, J. D., Foley, P. F., & Cotter, E. W. (2013). Applying the Happenstance Learning Theory to Involuntary Career Transitions. Career Development Quarterly, 61(1), 15-26.

Rehfuss, M. C., Gambrell, C. E., & Meyer, D. (2012). Counselors' Perceived Person—Environment Fit and Career Satisfaction. Career Development Quarterly, 60(2), 145-151.

Sang Min, L., Seong Ho, C., Kissinger, D., & Ogle, N. T. (2010). A Typology of Burnout in Professional Counselors. Journal Of Counseling & Development, 88(2), 131-138.
My goal is to meet the needs of school counseling environments, and to find a school environment that matches my needs. This can help lead to that career satisfaction, success, and stability.
Work Environment and Burnout Prevention
Sang, Seong, Kissinger, and Ogle (2010) discuss the correlation between work environments and career burnout
If counselor and work environment do not meet each others needs, the individual is more susceptible to career burnout
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