Informational Interview Sharing
Informational interviews can be great tools for your clients or students (and you) to use to explore potential career options. For this discussion, summarize your informational interview so your peers can learn from your research. Include the specialization of the person interviewed and summarize the responses to the following questions:
- In what kind of environment does the person work (school, community center, private practice) and how has that environment affected his or her own career development?
- How does the interviewee integrate career counseling into his or her practice?
- What career counseling models does the counselor use in his or her practice (school counselors should consider P-12 comprehensive career development; mental health counselors consider theories and models of clinical mental health counseling)?
- What inventories or assessments does the person use and how are they integrated into the individual or group career plans?
- Describe their work with those who are of a different culture or race.
- What strategies for career development program planning, organization, implementation, administration, and evaluation does the interviewee use?
- What are the rewards and challenges to the job?
- What advice did the person have for you as a counselor in training to integrate career counseling into your specialization?
- How did this informational interview increase your knowledge about integrating career counseling into your specialization?
In your post, please also include any additional, relevant information or insights you gained from your interview.
Respond to the posts of at least two of your peers and provide feedback. Compare and contrast their interviews from your interview in the approach to integrating career counseling into their practices. You must respond to at least one peer from a different specialization.
Use your Career Counseling text to read the following:
- Chapter 15, “Career-Related Programs for Career Development in Elementary Schools,” pages 346â€“368.
- Chapter 16, “Career-Related Programs for Career Development in Middle School,” pages 369â€“385.
- Chapter 17, “Career-Related Programs for Career Development in High School and Beyond,” pages 386â€“406.
Use the Capella University Library to read ONE of the following articles related to your specialization, or find your own related article in the library:
- Gysbers, N. C. (2013). Career-ready students: A goal of comprehensive school counseling programs. Career Development Quarterly, 61(3), 283â€“288.
- Henfield, M. S. (2013). School counseling for gifted black males. Gifted Child Today, 36(1), 57â€“61.
- Sung, Y., Cheng, Y., & Wu, J. (2016). Constructing a situation-based career interest assessment for junior high school students and examining their interest structure. Journal of Career Assessment, 24(2), 347â€“365.
- Moakler, M. W., & Kim, M. M. (2014). College major choice in STEM: Revisiting confidence and demographic factors. Career Development Quarterly, 62(2), 128â€“142.
- Schuette, C. T., Ponton, M. K., & Charlton, M. L. (2012). Middle school children’s career aspirations: Relationship to adult occupations and gender. Career Development Quarterly, 60(1), 36â€“46.
- Anctil, T. M., Smith, C. K., Schenck, P., & Dahir, C. (2012). Professional school counselors’ career development practices and continuing education needs. Career Development Quarterly, 60(2), 109â€“121.
- Hutchins, B. C., & Akos, P. (2013). Rural high school youth’s access to and use of school-to-work programs. Career Development Quarterly, 61(3), 210â€“225.