Integrative Career Counseling has allowed me to see and hear the myriad ways people experience work, how the work we do affects our development and our view of our selves. My own work continues to enlighten me on the extent to which innate capacities, personal values, purposeful striving and the desire to be a valuable part of something impact the motivation, definition, decisions and challenges people face in the work they do and wish to do. My experiences in counseling inspired me to create this Interview section to highlight personal expressions and experiences of work. I thank the many individuals who share their perspectives and reflections in these interviews.
Jean-Phillipe Michel is devoted to helping young students engage in career conversations that emphasize the unique ways they can contribute to the challenges and opportunities in the world. The creator of The Challenge Method, Jean-Phillipe wants to encourage students to think widely and boldly about issues they care about and to harness those interests to create vibrant careers. As he states, “The Challenge Method generates a different career conversation with students because it is based on the following message: The world needs you”.