The Hero's Journey: Illuminating Your Life/Career Path

Author(s): Patricia Ferguson, Victoria Nanos

Edition: 6

Copyright: 2020

Pages: 146


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The world has become a global village connected by the speed of information processing via the Internet. Students need to look inward to identify themselves and their “bliss” while also being in tune with the interpersonal skills needed to succeed in an increasingly diverse world.

The Hero’s Journey differs from many life/career planning books in several fundamental ways. It includes chapters on emotional intelligence, social intelligence/diversity, and critical thinking to address the abilities one will need to have when entering the current job market. The twenty-first-century workplace requires more skills than any generation in the past. These skills go well beyond simply having the skills required to perform the duties and functions of a particular job.

Unique to the market, The Hero’s Journey:

  • Utilizes the “whole person” approach that focuses on the internal landscape of the person. It is internally directed and operates on the premise that everything “out there” begins with understanding what is going on “inside.” The “whole person” view enables students to gain insight into his/her nature and to make better choices on “best fit” careers.
  • Aligns all the topics with the four elements of the hero’s journey, as defined by Joseph Campbell. The elements of the hero’s journey are metaphors for progressive aspects of the developmental states of human growth, motivation, and career decision making. By exploring these elements, the student discovers and understands enough about himself/herself to be able to identify his/her “bliss” and the path to follow to obtain it.
  • Is easy to adopt! The authors have created a full-fledged instructor’s website featuring a sample syllabus, instructor’s manual, instructor tips/notes, and PowerPoint© presentations. 

CHAPTER 1 Introduction

Part I: Leaving Home
CHAPTER 2 The Search Is On: The Meaning of Life
CHAPTER 3 Climbing the Motivation Pyramid to Self-Actualization

Part II: Trials and Tribulations
CHAPTER 4 Who’s in Control?
CHAPTER 5 Self-Empowerment: Self-Esteem
CHAPTER 6 The Emotional You: The Importance of Emotional Intelligence
CHAPTER 7 The Social You: Social Intelligence and Diversity

Part III: Looking Within
CHAPTER 8 Personality Type and You
MBTI’s Personality Types with Correlating Careers 
CHAPTER 9 Connecting the Dots: Interests and Values

Part IV: Finding Your Bliss
CHAPTER 10 Thinking Clearly: Critical Thinking and Decision Making
CHAPTER 11 The Integrated You: Mind, Body, and Spirit
CHAPTER 12 The Journey’s End
Steps to the Hero’s Journey Career Exploration Process

Resumes/Cover Letters/Interviewing Process
Authors’ Biographies 

Patricia Ferguson

Patricia Ferguson has a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a master’s degree in Counselor Education. She has over three decades of professional experience at the community college and university levels assisting students with “finding their bliss.” She is a founding member of Counseling, Courage and Careers, an organization dedicated to bringing life and career skills to the community. She was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, and currently resides with her family in Florida.

Victoria Nanos

Victoria Nanos has a master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Development. She has over thirty years’ experience as a counselor at both the community college and university levels. Ms. Nanos has taught Theories of Personality, Child Psychology, and Life Career Planning courses at the college level. She was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, and raised in New York City. She currently resides in Florida and is living her “bliss” as a sculptor.


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