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date: 14 December 2018

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In this chapter we present the concept of career as one that is well suited to a POS approach, as careers involve human possibilities and lifelong work pursuits. We review different conceptual approaches to careers, including subjective vs. objective views of career experience, as well as content vs. process approaches to understanding career dynamics. We present a model of different types of careers based upon different individuals’ personal definitions of success. We suggest more research on positive career concepts such as a career calling, the dream, psychological success, and the path with a heart.

Keywords: Objective career, subjective career, career success, psychological career success, developmental relationships, smart jobs, self-awareness, adaptability, career dream, reflected best self

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