MY SYSTEM of CAREER INFLUENCES - MSCI (Adolescent): Facilitator's Guide

Mary McMahon, Wendy Patton, Mark Watson,

Career development in the 21st century presents many challenges and opportunities to adolescents. They must navigate a complex and rapidly changing world of work influenced by technology, globalisation and fluctuating economic conditions.
My System of Career Influences (MSCI) (Adolescent) is a qualitative tool which can be administered in individual counselling sessions or in a group setting. It is ideally suited as a resource for classroom-based career education programs. It consists of a workbook that is completed by young client(s) and the Facilitator's Guide. The Guide contains career decision case studies and suggested learning activities that are particularly useful for practitioners working in school contexts to introduce career concepts and terms. The MSCI workbook is designed so that it can be administered on two separate occasions. The MSCI has applicability across cultures and can accommodate a wide array of career issues.

This Facilitator's Guide describes the Systems Theory Framework of career development that provides the theoretical background to the MSCI as well as a step-by-step user guide to conducting the MSCI (Adolescent) process using the MSCI (Adolescent) Workbook (sold separately).

With its attention to an holistic and storied approach to career intervention, My System of Career Influences (MSCI) (Adolescent) is an essential resource for all career practitioners working with adolescents.


About the Author

Mary McMahon
Dr Mary McMahon is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at The University of Queensland, Australia. Her particular interests are the career development of children and adolescents, and the application of constructivist approaches to career counselling and assessment. She is especially interested in qualitative career assessment. Mary is the author of a number of books, book chapters, and refereed journal articles.

Wendy Patton
Professor Wendy Patton is Emeritus Professor at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She has published extensively in the area of career development, including articles, book chapters, conference papers, and a number of co-authored and co-edited books. She is currently on the editorial advisory boards of a number of national and international career development journals and the Series Editor of the Career Development Series with Sense Publishers.

Mark Watson
Mark Watson is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa. He specialises in career, school and adolescent psychology and researches lifespan career development, with a specific focus on assessment and cross-cultural issues. He publishes in international and national journals, is the author of book chapters and is co-editor of several books. He is currently on the editorial advisory boards of several international career development journals.

Table of Contents

  • About the Authors
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • SECTION ONE - Career Development and Assessment
  • Adult Career Development
  • Career Assessment
  • The Influence of Constructivism
  • Qualitative Career Assessment
  • Qualitative Career Assessment as a Learning Process
  • Incorporating Qualitative Assessment into Career Counselling
  • Developing Qualitative Career Assessment Processes
  • SECTION TWO - MSCI (Adult) Facilitator's Guide
  • My System of Career Influences (MSCI)
  • Background
  • Theoretical Foundation
  • Development of the MSCI
  • Using the MSCI (Adult)
  • Who should complete the MSCI ?
  • In what settings may it be used?
  • Materials
  • The MSCI (Adult) Reflection Process
  • Using This Facilitator's Guide
  • Using the MSCI With Individuals
  • Using the MSCIin Group Settings
  • Cultural Considerations
  • MSCI (Adolescent) Workbook Guide
  • Supplementary Career Learning Processes
  • Case Studies
  • Thinking Systemically: Case Study 1
  • The Language of Career Development: Case Study 2
  • Understanding Lifelong Career Development: Case Study 3
  • Preliminary Learning Activities
  • Follow-up Learning Activities
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Appendix
  • The Process of Trialling the MSCI
  • Stage 1
  • Stage 2
  • Stage 3