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Choosing a Vocation : From the Father of Vocational Guidance: From the father of Vocational Guidance

By Parsons, Frank

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Title: Choosing a Vocation : From the Father of Vocational Guidance: From the father of Vocational Guidance  
Author: Parsons, Frank
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Social Sciences, Vocational Guidance
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Frank Parsons has been called the Father of Vocational Guidance. As the founder of Vocational Psychology, he was interested in a lot more than helping individuals find work they will love. He also saw Vocational guidance as an instrument for positive social change. He believed that it had the power to help the less fortunate; the poor, the young, woman or immigrants and many other groups to find meaningful, productive & profitable work. He believed that social justice wasn’t possible without giving people a clear way to access their own human potential. A just society had to take into account the aptitude, abilities & aspirations of the individual. In fact, he believed that many of the problems that can inflict individuals & society can be avoided if people had a sense of who they are, what they want to do and know how to apply those things to a career that they will love. Frank Parsons’ vision & empathy translated into methods which are still relevant to the needs of people today. If you don’t know what your vocation is, then this book was written with you in mind. Parsons, like myself, struggled at times to find the vocation he was best suited for. He was a Laborer & Engineer, Lecturer & Social Worker, among other things. But eventually he found that the sooner a person finds their vocation, the better life they will have. But as I have discovered; it can also be when you combine all your past work experiences and interests, you too can discover your 
true Vocation.

This book was written to help people to find their true vocation in life. So many could avoid poverty & many of the social problems that lack of meaningful work can bring.

Table of Contents
PART I. THE PERSONAL INVESTIGATION I. The Impobtance op Scientific Method . II. The Principles and Methods Involved III. Counselors and Applicants IV. Extended Discussion of Personal Data V. The Method in Outline PART II. THE INDUSTRIAL INVESTIGATION VI. The Conditions of Efficiency and Success in Different Industries 49 VII, Classifications of Industries 65 ViI. Industries Open to Women 66 IX. The Use of Statistics 71 X. The Movement of the Demand for Workers 74 XI. The Geographical Distribution of Workers 83 PART III. THE ORGANIZATION AND THE WORK XII. The Vocation Bureau 91 XIII. The School for Vocational Counselors . . 93 XIV. Supplementary Helps 96 XV. Sample Cases Ill XVI. Conclusions 160


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