Norman Amundson is a UBC Professor Emeritus. He has a PhD from the University of Alberta and also holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Umea, Sweden. He has worked in the career development field for over 40 years. Dr. Amundson’s work highlights the importance of creativity, imagination, storytelling, dynamic action, metaphors and hope. He has published widely and presented at many national and international conferences (more than 30 countries). His presentations are always practical, engaging and interactive. Many national and international professional associations have recognized the leadership and contributions of Dr. Amundson to the career development field.
We were interested in hearing Norman Amundson’s ideas because of his work with various cultural groups. In particular we wanted to learn more about the Guiding Circles approach to aboriginal career development. This work utilizes Active Engagement principles (dynamic, flexible, creative, fun) and guides participants through a process of self reflection, career exploration and decision making. Guiding Circles provides a unique perspective on the ‘being’ and ‘doing’ of career development.