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"Calling and Vocation in Career Counseling: Recommendations for Promoting Meaningful Work"

by Dik, Bryan J; Duffy, Ryan D; Eldridge, Brandy M (2009)


Clients presenting with career-related concerns often desire a greater sense of meaning in their work. Therefore, incorporating the constructs of calling and vocation into the career counseling process may have utility. An overview of conceptual and empirical work on these constructs is provided. Drawing from recent integrated definitions of calling and vocation, the authors present suggestions for incorporating these constructs in practice. Counselors are encouraged to explore the extent to which clients feel a transcendent summons to a particular career, the extent to which clients’ careers bring meaning to their lives, and the extent to which clients’ careers serve society. For clients who wish to view their career as a calling or vocation, the authors provide strategies to help bring meaning and social purpose to their work lives. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)


Meaningful Work, Meaning Of Work, Well-Being, Psychology, Happiness, Calling, Vocation, Healthcare, Mental Health


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