Career development - the processes that shape a person's career over his or her life - is a relatively new field of research in applied psychology. In A Quality of Life Approach to Career Development, Geoffrey S. Peruniak draws from philosophy, sociology, literature, anthropology, psychology, political science, and economics to form a new, holistic approach to career development that extends beyond paid work to include all aspects of life. Emphasizing that a person is a whole entity rather than a role or category, Peruniak also explores nature and the place of community in relation to career development theories. A highly original text with broad theoretical appeal to several disciplines, A Quality of Life Approach to Career Development also includes exercises and case studies. Most importantly, this book provides a new approach that will complement more specialized methods and serve as a foundation for further study in the field.
Geoffrey S. Peruniak is a professor in the Centre for Psychology at Athabasca University and coordinator of the University Certificate in Career Development.
Contents Acknowledgments Preface 1 An Overview of Quality of Life 2 A Survey of Quality of Life 3 Elements of a Model of Quality of Life 4 The Importance of Holism 5 Implications of Chaos and Complexity Theory 6 Connections to Community 7 Land and Nature 8 Conclusion References Index