Existing Career Theories Do Not Account for Modern Career Path. Discuss Two Career Theories with Reference to Both Research and Your Own Experience.

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Existing career theories do not account for modern career path.
Discuss two career theories with reference to both research and your own experience.

This article aims to touch the broad, and ever developing discussion of post modern theories and their application today.
The main focus will fall on Holland's theory of vocational personalities in work environment and the Edgar Scheine's notion of career anchors and how both theories fit within the modern career paths.

Holland has proposed six different vocational personality types. Any person resembles each of the six types to varying degree.
HIs theory of occupational choice maintains that in choosing a career, people prefer jobs where they can be around others who are like
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Also people are limited to choose their occupation based only on their personality type.
Unfortunately we are not living in a perfect world and as much everyone would love to do what is in harmony with their personality and environment, there are some external factors affecting our choices of career.
Factors like salary and job availability are leading.Personality can not be considered as the only factor in determining what job an individual decides to choose.
It is completely true that people poses dominant personality traits that might vary from their friends and colegues , here comes the question what if we end up with more than one dominant trait?
A person could easily be somewhere in between all six types which does not helps much with their career choice.
Let us take two completely different people that happen to have the same traits, the logic of the theory leads to the conclusion that they must have the same careers. Practically this is not true and it could be proven easily.
How about our personality, is this something we could measure or define? Every person is different and even if we have similar personality our reactions defer. It is a core part of Holland theory, but it could be argued that personality could be measured that easily. People are extremely flexible and unpredictable. We change our behavior depending on what situation we


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