Through doctoring, through writing, through reflecting, Sacks discovered and uncovered his vocation. The purpose of career writing is the same and creates the right conditions for self-discovery.
- reflective abilities: “a practice of articulating, performing and negotiating identity positions in narrating career experiences” (p.159).
- cognitive change: “research shows that direct introspective access to higher-order cognitive processes is limited” (p.159).
In doing Career Writing, Lengelle et al. (2014), recommend “creative, expressive, and reflective/reflexive writing” (p.76) as dialogical learning methods so a more meaningful “second story” (p.163) emerges. This story often represents a transformative acceptance of that negative ‘first story.’ Essentially, the tacit becomes explicit and the career can now “navigate” forward past “rough seas” with a newfound perspective.
Meijers, F. & Lengelle, R. (2012). Narratives at work: The development of a career identity. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 40, 157-177.
Sacks, O. (2015). Gratitude. Knopf Canada.