Adolescent Career Clarity: Exploring career interventions from an adolescent perspective

Claire Oehley
19 March 2020

Oehley, C. (2020). Adolescent Career Clarity: Exploring career interventions from an adolescent perspective. (Executive Summary of a thesis submitted in conformity with the requirements for the degree of Master of Professional Practice, Otago Polytechnic.) [PDF 177KB]


Career decision making is an important developmental milestone for adolescents. The purpose of this study is to explore career intervention from an adolescent perspective and to examine the impact of career practice using validated assessment tools and the adolescent client’s own experiences.

A thorough analysis of the results and a comprehensive literature review enabled me to develop a new model of career clarity in the adolescent. Drawing from Burch's Four-Stage Competency Model (Adams, 2016) and Simon Sinek's (2010) Golden Circle, with consideration given to the Dunning-Kruger Effect (1999), a new three-stage model of career clarity was developed. This model can be used to help practitioners assess the adolescent client's needs and progress in achieving career clarity whilst measuring and improving efficacy of practice through the establishment of a working alliance.

Key word: Career development.

Claire Oehley's academic mentor was Heather Carpenter.


This thesis is not publicly available. The Executive Summary is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives licence CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International.

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