Questions for Discussion

A loan office, age 50, was told he longer had a job when he returned from a vacation. The news was certainly devastating, but worse problems was yet to come. His wife divorced him, and his children shunned him because, as they put it, he embarrassed us by being fired. He told the counselor that he took any job he could find, such as working in a service station and being a tour guide. Soon after he was fired from his job at the bank, the bank failed and was bought by a larger one. Thus, the fallout from a recession can indeed be a life-course event that is significant for many workers. Not only are the victims of job loss in search for new jobs, but they may be burdened with serious personal problem as well. The counselor noted that her client’s behavior closely resembled another client’s who were depressed.

Questions for Discussion

1-How would you determine this client’s level of depressed?

2-If you were conducting the interview, what further information do you consider most critical?

3-What are this client’s advantages and disadvantages for finding work?

4-How would you address future career development issues?

5-Provide example of how career and personal concern are connected to career development in this case study.