Dr. Norm Amundson - Keynote - Tuesday, April 9th (a.m.)
Navigating the Waves of Change: the Career/Life Transitions Adventure
Career / life transition can be viewed as an event or a non‐event that alters a persons perception of the self and of the world, that demands a change in assumptions or behavior, and that that may lead either to growth or deterioration. Life involves a series of transitions. One can think of developmental shifts, changing contexts, and different states of employment and unemployment. All of these changes follow certain patterns and processes.
Transition brings change and with it the possibility of renewed vitality and new adventure. In this presentation, Dr. Amundson will explore some of the ideas from the transition literature and use these concepts to view the work we are doing as career practitioners.
Dr. Norm Amundson has worked as a UBC Professor for 43 years and he has now retired and assumed a new role as Professor Emeritus. He also holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Umea in Sweden. His work focuses on the importance of imagination, active engagement, cultural sensitivity, metaphors and hope-action theory and practice. He has published widely, including a new edition of his award winning book “Active Engagement”, and his books have been translated into eleven different languages. Dr. Amundson has presented his ideas to many national and international conferences. His many contributions to the career development field have been recognized by career development associations in Canada, the United States, and Sweden.