Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Introduction to This Issue

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Introduction to This Issue

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In the heat of an economic crisis, it may seem hard to step back and think clearly about future trends and prospects. But those of us who work with clients caught up in change need to be constantly looking ahead for signs of new growth, in the economy and in ourselves. This issue of the Career Planning and Adult Development Journal features articles by contributors from a variety of fields who focus on the dynamics of growth in our changing economy, at both personal and societal levels.

My lead article, on Recovering Craft, traces the history of quality work from the Middle Ages, through the era of mass industrialization, into the present day. In citing elements of the craft tradition that have survived over time, I suggest some strategies to help people build quality in their working lives, to help create new growth in America.

Mai Trinh and David KoIb offer another perspective on personal growth and renewal in their article, Eastern Experiential Learning: Eastern Principles for Learning Wholeness. Readers will find a fascinating blend of passages from spiritual traditions of the Far East, and insights from Carl Jung, along with the widely-influential KoIb theory of experiential learning.

Other articles examine emerging trends within specific fields: Michael Goodman reports on an important study of me Information Technology industry in Massachusetts. Jay Gillette describes innovative ways in which jobs are taking shape in the Information Renaissance that he sees emerging in our time. Cary Israel offers a fascinating overview of changing occupations in health care in his article, Job Emergence in an Age of Fusion. He sees an encouraging trend in these new job roles, as new technologies complement and enhance human competencies rather than replace them.

Turning to local economies that have been thriving even in the midst of recession, Steven Hoey recounts the emergence of new industries in San Diego, not only in high-tech arenas but also in the field of sports innovation. …

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