Case of Ted– Analyze Ted’s case using Krumboltz’s Social Learning Theory.

Case of Ted– Analyze Ted’s case using Krumboltz’s Social Learning Theory. — How does this theory conceptualize and explain Ted’s case? — How does this theory guide you in working with Ted? Ted, a 28-year-old Caucasian male, comes to career counseling and at his initial appointment he states that he is in dire need of finding a new career, “I have to decide what to do with the rest of my life, I should be in a stable career by now, making a success of myself”. He says has no idea where to begin, that he has never had to look for work, and is embarrassed by his failed career. Ted is currently unemployed, after being let go from a high-paying sales position at a well known accounting/payroll services firm. He is angry, as the firm had actively recruited him a year ago. He feels he was let go without being given a chance to succeed, but Ted also seriously doubts his ability to do anything other than playing football. As the starting quarterback on his university’s football team, Ted always knew his career was in playing professional football. And he made it to the pros, playing 3 seasons. The first two years were excellent for Ted, but his third year was, according to Ted, ‘an absolute disaster’. Lackluster performance and then an injury left him cut from the roster with no other teams picking him up. He was immediately recruited to represent a high profile accounting/payroll firm in sales to large accounts. He really thought this would be a great career, even though he really wasn’t interested in the accounting/finance field. But he knew that he is naturally good with people, enjoys being part of a team, and viewed this as an opportunity to set high goals and attain financial success. With no previous sales experience, he struggled. He took some classes, and hoped to find a mentor to help him but was unable to find anyone to help. After a year his sales were mediocre, but he was focused and felt he had a plan to turn things around. and just wasn’t given enough time to succeed. He was let go last week, and felt he just wasn’t given enough time to succeed. He tells you that in hindsight felt he was a ‘fish out of water’ in the sales world. He really didn’t like the inauthentic schmoozing the job seemed to require and he always felt he was alone in the job.He now says he feels overwhelmed over the process of finding a new job, and doubtful that he will be able to identify a career alternative to his true passion, professional football. He feels anxious that he needs to choose a career path, and is concerned that football is all he knows and all he was ever good at. He believes that the corporate world-of-work is a place where he will never fit.Ted went to a university that was well known for its football program and fairly well respected for academics. He had a high GPA (3.7/4.0). He took a wide variety of courses before finally declaring as a business major, though he chose that only because it fit well with a travelling football schedule. He enjoyed, and did well in, courses in math, literature and music. He is very involved in his local community, as a mentor for high school students. He has high expectations for himself. He feels very anxious because he is not sure what to do next. Both of his parents are self-employed and enjoy their work. His mother is an ESL tutor, and his father is a successful real estate agent.As a young child he was athletically gifted and large for his age. His father had been an outstanding football player in college as well, and Ted was encouraged to play at an early age. His father was well connected in sports, and took Ted to many college and professional football games. Ted remembers the awe he felt when his dad introduced him to well-known players and coaches, and was inspired listening to their stories. During his junior year of high school, his dad helped him put together a video of his high school football accomplishments, and eventually he was awarded a scholarship to play at the university.He questions whether there is any career out there where he can experience the same level of success and satisfaction. He had once thought of teaching, but was reluctant to do so because teachers have to deal with a lot of grief from parents. And they do not make enough money to raise a family. He fears that his options are very limited

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