On Happenstance: Wisdom from Dr. John Krumboltz

Last week I had the opportunity to hear Dr. John Krumboltz speak on happenstance and careers. Dr. Krumboltz is one of the best vocational psychologists in the world and I have admired his work since grad school, so this was quite a fun event for me. This article outlines some of my favorite parts of […]

Calling and Vocation: A Book Review

“Make Your Job a Calling: How the Psychology of Vocation Can Change Your Life at Work” by Bryan J. Dik, Ph.D. and Ryan D. Duffy, Ph.D. is is a book about exploring, discovering, and creating a sense of calling at work. By “calling,” Drs. Dik and Duffy mean a summons by God and/or a universal […]

Career Choice: Using A Weighted Decision Matrix

(Note: This article refers to a decision-making matrix that is fee-based. For a free but less fully functioned matrix, please visit How to Use a Decision-Making Matrix.) You’ve worked hard at school and college was fun but now it is time to make some hard decisions about your future direction in life.  Shock, horror!  It’s […]

Book Review: Career Solutions for Creative People

“Career Solutions for Creative People: How To Balance Artistic Goals with Career Security” is authored by Dr. Ronda Ormont. I read this book because the tension of creativity vs. security is one of the most common dilemmas in career decision-making. While the book is older (2001), I still found it valuable because this topic is […]

Explore Jobs With “Inside Jobs”

Career counselors frequently instruct clients to explore jobs as part of an overall decision-making process. There is a new online tool that makes the process of job investigation much easier and more fun: Inside Jobs. The site profiles 15,000 jobs and offers a “Career Center” that contains lists of jobs clustered in interesting ways: Jobs […]

Services or Products As Your Career Focus

Have you ever thought about whether you want services or products as your career focus? Understanding the differences between these two possibilities can help you to choose or change to a work direction that is best for your interests, personality, and skills. I interviewed people with both of these types of careers to get their […]

Assessing Organizational Culture: Will This Be A Good Place For You To Work?

When you’re looking for a job, it’s important to consider an organization’s culture. You need to assess whether you’ll be a good “cultural fit” for the organization, and whether the organization will be a good fit for you. Cultural fit is an important determinant of your success, engagement and even happiness on the job. So […]

Seattle Career Counselor: Personality Type and Career

I interviewed Seattle career counselor Kate Nelson about personality type and career. Ms. Nelson is an expert in using the personality assessment, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), to assist people with choosing work that is a good fit for their personality. Kate, for readers not familiar with the MBTI, please tell us what the […]

Vocational Psychology Career Advice

It has always been surprising to me that so few psychologists choose vocational psychology as a career choice. Given that Sigmund Freud said that love and work were the two most important activities in life, you would think psychologists would be extremely interested in the dynamics of choosing, changing, or advancing careers. However, this has […]

How To Recover From Loss of a Dream Job

Hi, Dr. Civitelli, I’ve been in the same business my entire adult life (mid 40’s now) doing the only job I’ve dreamed about doing since I was 5 years old (sales and marketing/promotion in the music industry for both record companies and music retail). Music is and always has been both my job and my […]