While it might not be the case that we all possess a talent for art, we are all capable of benefitting from it. Art enables us to understand and explore parts of ourselves we don’t usually access on a day-to-day basis.
This is also why incorporating art in career exploration can help clients better understand, explore and express what matters most to them in their career. This listicle was designed to help career practitioners learn more about how using art in career exploration can benefit their clients, as well as tools they can use to incorporate art in their practice.
Constructing a Future: Art Therapy Interventions on the Path to Professional Fulfillment [Research paper]
This theoretical research paper presents a therapeutic program that combines art therapy and career exploration to help young adults identify what they desire in their career. The paper’s authors recognizes that traditional career guidance is effective but suggest that art therapy can help address new aspects of career exploration that have more recently emerged.
In this article, career counsellor Minna Kattelus, MEd, explains how collaborating with her clients to create visual counselling charts has enhanced the effectiveness of their sessions. Kattelus explains the concept behind the SPARKS career counselling model, provides instructions for using this technique, and presents the benefits of using charts in career counselling – which include engaging the client, helping them feel relaxed, and fostering dialogue and externalization.
Talent and Career Explored Using Journaling and Art Therapy Techniques (National Career Development Association) [Article]
This article focuses on the power of art therapy to help clients uncover non-analytically based insights. This article presents two art and journalling exercises career practitioners can use to help clients uncover career aspirations, as well as strategies for implementing them. The article provides a description of both exercises as well as a list of recommended materials.
In addition to explaining how arts-based learning can help clients gain a better grasp of their career aspirations, this article includes examples of artistic media that career practitioners can explore to help their clients better understand what they’re looking for in their career.
Through this program offered by the University of Toronto, students get the chance to explore their interests, passions and values through arts-based activities. These exercises are designed to help students determine what matters most to them in their career. Note: This program is not usually offered in the summer, and will likely be offered again in fall 2021.
While this workbook contains activities designed for students in Grades 9 to 12, it can also provide career practitioners with ideas for art-based activities that can help their clients discover and explore their career aspirations.
While a pen and paper, or paint and a canvas, may be all that’s need for some art-based career counselling activities, others take place in a virtual space. The following tools enable groups of people to collaborate with text and images while working remotely or side by side.
- Canva: a free storyboard tool that enables users to access templates, images, icons, stickers and graphics as well as upload their own photos, images and art.
- Miro: a free online whiteboard offering templates, the ability to add images and files, and the possibility of integrating with other tools.
- SketchTogether: when meeting remotely (or in person), users can share ideas on their screen – through text and pictures – in real time.
- Storyboard That: a drag-and-drop creation platform offering simple and helpful visual tools.