Academic journal article Career Development Quarterly

Introduction to the Commemorative Issue

Academic journal article Career Development Quarterly

Introduction to the Commemorative Issue

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The professional practice of career development is generally recognized as beginning with Frank Parsons's pioneering work in 1909. During the twentieth century, career counselors were instrumental in efforts that ranged from helping to integrate new immigrants into the American labor force, to identifying how the talents of individuals could best be used during the war years, and then to guiding millions of people throughout their lives in making career decisions and developing fulfilling careers. What will the twenty-first century and the new millennium hold for our profession?

Workplace and societal trends, changing demographics, and new technologies will, undoubtedly, continue to shape the direction of the professional practice of career development. At the dawn of the new millennium, authors of this commemorative issue have reflected on the rich history of career development during the past century and anticipated imminent challenges and developments.

This commemorative issue begins with a historical perspective by Edwin Herr that describes how our profession responded to events of the day and evolved to its current status. The second article includes the responses from an interview conducted by Rich Feller, Stevie Honaker, and Lynn Zagzebski with three of the most influential career development theorists of the day: John Holland, JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey, and John Krumboltz. …

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