Conduct research to apply “Career Development Theories and Ethics” to shape employment
goals and plans.
In this course (and perhaps previous courses you have taken), you learned about
several theories that help to explain career choice and development. In this
assessment, you will be expanding your knowledge on these theories and exploring
other theories that may be new to you.
Select two of the career theories/theorists listed below to research.
Holland’s Theory of Vocational Choice
Donald Super’s Life and Career Development Stage Theory
Gottfredson’s Theory of Circumscription and Compromise
John Krumboltz’s Planned Happenstance Theory
Frank Parsons’s Trait and Factor Theory of Occupational Choice
Theory of Work Adjustment
Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory
Roe’s Theory of Personality Development and Career Choice
Ginzberg’s Theory of Career Development
For each of your two selected theories you should find at least two scholarly sources, in
addition to lecture material. Your sources should be cited in APA style, with a full
reference list, at the end of the essay.
Write a response to the questions below in a 500-750-word (3-5 paragraph) essay. This
will be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Make sure to use specific
details/concepts from the theories to explain your answer to each of the following
For each of your two chosen theories, please address the following in your own words:
Summarize the theory and its main arguments.
Apply the theory to your own career path and goals.
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o Detail how the theory would explain your selected career, the path you will
take (and have taken already), etc.
o Evaluate how understanding the theory will help you to further shape your
own career goals and progression.