Practical Tips on Applying Career Development Theory in International Contexts: Implications for Helping Our International Students
Alberto Puertas, MS, GCDF is a career/academic counselor for the University Advisement Center at Brigham Young University. His responsibilities include: serving as the International Advisement Specialist at BYU; teaching courses in career strategies, career exploration, and effective learning; mentoring students at risk, and assisting the University in promoting career development issues and objectives.
He has mentored many college students doing humanitarian work and internships abroad. He has presented workshops and seminars in the United States, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Bolivia, Philippines, Paraguay, Haiti, and Peru. In his presentations and daily work, Alberto Puertas emphasizes the relationship between meaning, spirituality and career development. He also stresses the benefits and challenges globalization presents to vocational guidance in the international arena to this new millennium.
Alberto serves as a member of the Board of Governors for the Operation Underground Railroad and as the Vice President for the Liahona Children’s Foundation, organizations whose efforts benefit the less fortunate in developing nations.
Alberto earned a M.S in Counseling and Guidance from BYU.
WEBINAR DESCRIPTION: Career theories and practices have been crossing borders and cultures. For the most part they have their genesis in the United States and are influenced by our culture and economics. That’s not necessarily a negative. It becomes one if we don’t take into account the realities and context of the nation’s we influence around the world. For example, Career Construction (Savickas) Chaos Theory (Bright) Social Learning (Krumboltz) reach out to nations in their approach to career development but other modalities seem to be linear and not applicable in some circumstances.
There is a tendency in many developing nations to take any approach with roots in the US as the gospel revealed. There is also some propensity from our US colleagues to be condescending and somehow patronizing when presenting or working with native colleagues.
This webinar will discuss various career development theories, their applicability to various nations and cultures. Our presenter will provide tips for implementing various career development theories especially regarding cultural, gender and social-economic considerations.
At the end of the webinar you will be able to:
- Articulate the need to adapt career theory to specific contexts as needed
- Identify areas for needed adjustment related to cultural and societal parameters
- Assess processes that meet the realities of the population we serve
- Differentiate among various practices when dealing with different populations and apply accordingly
- Gain new tools to implement when dealing with international students.