Posted by: Xhyra Graf | 19 January 2007

Model 35

The Career Invention Model

The world comes to us all pre-structured. It has organizations and career paths among and through them. Many people go over the structure

of the world and pick interesting parts of it to get involved with. They design career paths to get them to those wanted roles in those wanted

parts of the world. Other people peruse all of that but cannot get interested in it. They want not to find career paths but to invent new ones,

possibly ending up in new careers, never seen before. They want to invent careers for themselves. This can happen within particular fields,

wherein a person does not pursue existing careers but rather tries to invent new ones.

It is deeper than this. When a person decides to not find or follow careers but invent them instead, that person decides to create. Creating is

a kind of side-effect of inventing one’s own career and paths to it (Slivester, 1995; Runco and Richards, 1997; Young and Collin, 1992; Eikleberry,

1999; Svyantek and Brown, 2000; Young and Burgen, 1990). The steps of inventing one’s own career and path to it are creations. If,

instead, a person chooses to find and follow an existing career, the steps to it are not creations, for the career and the path to it are already

there, created by someone else earlier.

In this model you research creativity by looking for what causes people to not follow existing careers. So many writers, for example, have

said they became writers because they failed at becoming anything else. You research how the imagined sequence of your created works will

establish the new career you want to invent.


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