REFERENCE POINTS ON THE ROAD TO BUILDING THE INTEGRATED AKA CAREER COUNSELLING MODEL
Abstract: The importance and significance of the career plan is no longer a novelty for the activity of counsellors and career centres. Nevertheless, we are still looking for new concrete and efficient ways of performing such activities with the students. Our intention is that of designing and organizing such activities that may be integrated into a course throughout the entire undergraduate programme. The purpose of our study is twofold: 1. building a proactive attitude towards one’s own professional development; 2. providing the techniques for elaborating a feasible career plan. The theoretical presentation of the integrated AKA model of conducting the career counselling activity by means of the career plan is combined with illustrating certain sequences from this process conducted at the Department of Professional Counselling from “Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacău.
Key words: career management, career counselling, career plan
Career management, career counselling and career plan – conceptual delimitations and interdependencies
The unprecedented increase, in Romania, of the interest in the processes characteristic of professional counselling opens doors for both theoretical and practical initiatives.
Career management expresses the ample action of assuming and managing one’s own professional becoming in a responsible  and systematic way. Career management is acquired and, like any quality competence, it is validated when one makes the leap from dependent action (in relation to the support provided by the counsellor) to independent manifestation, in which all the client’s decisions and actions are the result of his/her own responsible choices.
“Career counselling refers to the services and activities meant to assist the individual of any age and at any moment in his life, in making choices concerning education, training and occupations, and to develop his own career” [12, p.10]. Career counselling is a significant part of the career management process, turning into notions and, simultaneously, interrelated processes.
The career plan represents a personal projection of one’s own professional becoming, which should necessarily include some basic elements such as: objectives, strategies, deadlines. Career management is thus the wider frame within which career counselling turns into reality and produces the expected results. Storey (1976) will highlight the fact that career management represents the “process of designing, implementing and monitoring the career plans undertaken by the individual in a unique way or together with the career systems of organizations” [9, p. 94].
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PUNKTY ODNIESIENIE NA DRODZE DO BUDOWANIA ZINTEGROWANEGO MODELU DORADZTWA ZAWOWEGO AKA
Streszczenie: Waga i znaczenie planu kariery zawodowej nie jest już nowością w działności doradców zawodowych i centrów kariery. Niemniej jednak, nadal poszukujemy nowych, konkretnych i efektywnych metod wykonywania takich działań ze studentami. Naszą intencją jest zaprojektowanie i zorganizowanie takich działań które były zintegrowane w program obejmujący wszystkie lata studiów. Cel niniejszego artykuły jest dwojaki: 1. Budowanie aktywnej postawy wobec własnego rozwoju zawodowego, 2. Dostarczenia technik do opracowania wykonalnego planu kariery. Teoretyczne przedstawienie zintegrowanego modelu AKA do prowadzenia działalności doradztwa zawodowego w planowaniu kariery, ilustruje pewne etapy tego procesu, przeprowadzone na Wydziale Doradztwa Zawodowego na Umniwersytecie „Vasile Alecsandri” w Bacau.
Słowa kluczowe: zarządzanie karierą, doradztwo zawodowe, planowanie kariery