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.
Angela Mahoney is an educator and author who plays a pivotal role in supporting and preparing her special needs students for active and contributing roles in their communities. As she states, “I believe it is time to break the mold of what a job or employment looks like. I truly feel it is about looking at the task at hand and breaking it into pieces to fit the strengths of each individual person”.