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The conceptualisation of weather as a career metaphor

The conceptualisation of weather as a career metaphor
The conceptualisation of weather as a career metaphor

This paper aims to offer an accessible, flexible, and homogenised approach to career counselling and career development via the conceptualisation of a new metaphor in response to evolving careers and labour markets. The research question asks: How can Weather as a Career Metaphor (WCM) offer an accessible tool for career counsellors to use with their clients across their lifespans? The theoretical framework draws together sustainable career theory and conservation of resources theory, and is complemented by the author’s decade of experience providing mentoring and career coaching to individuals across the globe. The WCM is constructed of ten elements of weather that apply to different contexts and across the lifespan. These include sun, rain, drought, thunder and lightning, ice, fog, tailwind, headwind, tornado, and rainbow. The contribution comes from the conceptualisation of a new metaphor which is theoretically grounded whilst also ensuring practical relevance via accessibility and flexibility. The WCM offers a versatile tool as part of a more comprehensive toolkit for career counsellors to help their clients to understand potential challenges within contemporary labour markets. This facilitates individuals to take ownership of their careers, acquire personal resources, and take proactive steps to prepare themselves for sustainable careers across their lifespans.

career counselling, career development, conservation of resources, metaphor, sustainable careers
2071-1050
Donald, William E.
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Donald, William E.
81d72127-3ea4-463b-814b-b7863462041a

Donald, William E. (2022) The conceptualisation of weather as a career metaphor. Sustainability, 14 (14), [8856]. (doi:10.3390/su14148856).

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This paper aims to offer an accessible, flexible, and homogenised approach to career counselling and career development via the conceptualisation of a new metaphor in response to evolving careers and labour markets. The research question asks: How can Weather as a Career Metaphor (WCM) offer an accessible tool for career counsellors to use with their clients across their lifespans? The theoretical framework draws together sustainable career theory and conservation of resources theory, and is complemented by the author’s decade of experience providing mentoring and career coaching to individuals across the globe. The WCM is constructed of ten elements of weather that apply to different contexts and across the lifespan. These include sun, rain, drought, thunder and lightning, ice, fog, tailwind, headwind, tornado, and rainbow. The contribution comes from the conceptualisation of a new metaphor which is theoretically grounded whilst also ensuring practical relevance via accessibility and flexibility. The WCM offers a versatile tool as part of a more comprehensive toolkit for career counsellors to help their clients to understand potential challenges within contemporary labour markets. This facilitates individuals to take ownership of their careers, acquire personal resources, and take proactive steps to prepare themselves for sustainable careers across their lifespans.

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Accepted/In Press date: 19 July 2022
e-pub ahead of print date: 20 July 2022
Keywords: career counselling, career development, conservation of resources, metaphor, sustainable careers

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Local EPrints ID: 469914
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/469914
ISSN: 2071-1050
PURE UUID: 97a17acc-03bd-4c58-9eb5-e9b17964d557

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Date deposited: 28 Sep 2022 16:56
Last modified: 30 Sep 2022 17:04

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Author: William E. Donald

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