Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

THE JOURNEY: The Narrative Approach to Carolyn's Story

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

THE JOURNEY: The Narrative Approach to Carolyn's Story

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I could not explain this sense of restlessness that I experienced the first half of my life, even after accomplishing what many people would consider to be the American dream. I had a loving husband and family who supported my career goals, lived in a beautiful home in a most desirable neighborhood in Southern California, and drove a high end car. I also had my dream job with a great salary, yet I was yearning for something more. The problem was I just couldn't figure out what the "something more" was.

I moved to California for my first job out of college after earning a B A. degree in Elementary Education from Ohio State University [OSU]. As excited as I was about being a college graduate I was equally as happy about moving to Los Angeles, the place I had dreamed of living all of my life. But within my first month of teaching elementary school, I knew there was something wrong because I didn't feel the passion that I expected to have in my first job as a professional. It never got any better. The age group of 5th graders was off for me and most of all I did not enjoy being a disciplinarian.

Unfortunately, I didn't have a career counselor to help me understand that I loved teaching but I preferred working with adults. So after two years I made a decision to go back to OSU and pursue a Masters Degree in Counseling. Why Counseling? Well, I must admit it was mostly me who needed counseling. I knew I wasn't as happy as I could be for some reason.

Soon after earning my M. A. Degree, I did return to what I considered to be paradise in Southern California. This time I was determined to go into higher education and work with adults, a much better fit for my personality. I worked at UCLA for one year as a counselor where I found these students very focused and I felt my job to be more of a consultant than a counselor. I decided to take a position as a community college counselor. From the first day on the job at the college, I had that sense of being at "home" in my work. What could be better? I got to spend my day communicating and helping others who really needed my help and get paid for it. …

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