Integrally Informed Journaling for Professional Self-design
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How can we help students design their emerging professional self, to ease them into the world of work with greater awareness and conﬁdence? We present reﬂections on developing an integrally informed journaling component of a capstone Professional Planning Practice graduate course, conducted as a professional self-design studio. Triggered by the query, “What am I missing?”, the journaling seeks to assist students in developing a response that culminates in a preliminary professional praxis statement—an initial design for their professional lives. While an extraordinary challenge for most, the journaling assignment is also supported to an extraordinary degree. This article documents these supports, their evolution and rationale, and the response from students. Continuing challenges and emerging opportunities are identiﬁed, including how best to ease students into the integral framework, how journaling might more generally revitalize professional practice, and how it might support more targeted lifespan development.