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InRichard’s case, there is a myriad of problems that surround thefamily. One major issue of concern is the unemployment state of thehusband. Richard depicts a case of hopelessness and inclination tohis previous job.

Thefirst approach to Richard’s problem would be to use focusedquestions to try to uncover the specific variables that would providea guidance plan. This would entail the consideration of who he is asan individual, his family background, what has been his major lifeevent, what he loved most about his job, and where he thinks he willbe in future regarding career. Through such questions, it would beeasy to understand his personality and the contextual variable. Apsychometric test would be necessary at this point. Psychometrics isthe theory that measures one`s knowledge, abilities, interestpersonality traits, and educational background (Zunker,&nbsp2015).

Richards’scase would be approached by focusing on interest identification.Here, he would be required to write down some of the things he likesto do, what interests him the most regarding work or career, andleisure. It would also be vital to state his favorite activity and ifhe enjoys doing it alone or with a group of people and the otheroptions he would like to explore. Such would be in an attempt todeviate Richard’s mind from the fact that he will never find a jobsuch as the one he left and explore other ways of making income fromdoing what he loves. An adult career concerns would be undertaken tofind out his needs analysis in relation to the socioeconomicchallenges he is facing. It would measure his capabilities andanalyze a retirement plan that fits him or give directions towards anew career.

Richard’sself-direct search gauged his interest, competence level, andaspirations. The self-direct test is based on John Holland’s theorywhere the test is meant to project a person’s personality. Thepersonalities evident from the test included realistic investigative,artistic, social, enterprising, as well as conventional. Thequestions asked are meant to portray one`s interest and competence indifferent occupations. Richard’s profile indicates that he ishighly realistic. It means his cognitive features are healthy.Cognitive functioning, in this case, looks at reasoning, perception,and attentiveness of a person (Sternberg,Sternberg, &amp Mio, 2017).His profile indicates a loss of interest, which is depicted by thefact that he believes he will never find any other job as fulfillingas the one he lost. Richard requires more guidance based on thetheory of career development. The focus would be built on the theoryof work adjustment, which looks at career choice as a continualprocess that involves changes where an individual looks for work thatmeets his needs and searches for other job opportunities.

Counselinginterventions would include vocational guidance. In Richard’s case,the tool of identifying academic achievements would be applied. Theresult would reveal his highest educational achievement and subjectof specialization. The three categories of a performance test wouldbe suitable. Firstly, the general survey battery would help tounderstand his knowledge of various subjects. Secondly, the singlesubject test would reveal his strong subject. Thirdly, diagnosisbatteries would aid in knowing specific proficiencies such asspelling, writing, and reading. Through the test, it will be possibleto advise Richard on other career options.

Responseto Brandon

Inresponse to Brandon, I agree that the emotional effects of losing hisjob need to be addressed through counseling. Through the outplacementplan, he can explore his financial options and next career steps.Moreover, with emotional counseling, he can fight self-doubt and moveon past the denial stage brought about by losing his job. Anyone inthe same position would be devastated. However, self-pity is not thesolution. The important thing is accepting and moving on throughfinding and accepting other careers.

Responseto Jessica

Jessicais on point as she provides career options that pay attention to thestrongest personalities projected through the self-direct search.They give a guide the other career fields that can be taken up. Suchcareer options that are similar to what Richard had would be helpful.I agree that Richard would find his artistic capabilities profitableif only he accepted to stop believing that he lost his dream job. Itcould probably be that he will find art even better than what helost. This is because art is like a talent, and it appears he has notdiscovered its proper use or is yet to know its worth. Thus, heshould explore different options instead of living in remorse of apast loss.


Sternberg,R., Sternberg, K., &amp Mio, J. (2017). Cognitivepsychology(1st ed.). Boston: Cengage


Zunker,&nbspV.&nbspG.(2015). Careercounseling: A holistic approach(9th ed.). Boston: Cengage Learning.