How important is Personal Development to our Career Development? Personal development precedes career development. One has to develop as a person before one can decide on what he or she wants to do. It involves our personality, our attitude, values, interests, and resources. Human Ecological Theory / Bioecological System Theory Urie Bronfenbrenner, American developmental psychologist A person’s development is affected by everything in their surrounding environment. Whatever happens in one level can affect the rest of the system. There is a ripple effect in the various areas of the person’s development. Positive or negative changes affect not only the person but also his or her family and community He divided the person's environment into five different levels: o Microsystem The individual’s immediate environments (family, school, peer group, neighborhood, and childcare environments); most influential level The system closest to the person and the one in which they have direct contact Typically includes family, peers, or caregivers Home, school, daycare, or work Relationships in a microsystem are bi-directional. In other words, your reactions to the people in your microsystem will affect how they treat you in return. This is the most influential level of the ecological systems theory o Mesosystem The direct connections between immediate environments (i.e., a child’s home and school) Consists of the interactions between the different parts of a person's microsystem The mesosystem is where a person's individual microsystems do not function independently, but are interconnected and assert influence upon one another. These interactions
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