Social Practice of a Career Guidance Project Based on the Wisdom of the Classic of Changes

Shu Hui Liu*, Yi-Jen Lu, Chi Ping Deng, Chih Hung Wang, Foo Bee Keh, Ya Chi Tsai

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The Virtue Existential Career Model (VEC) is a Chinese career development model based on the Classic of Changes. It is designed to supplement the person-environment fit paradigm of Taiwan's 12-Year Basic Education for junior high school students. We adopted an action research approach with two parts, reflection-on-Action and critical-emancipatory. An easy-to-use VEC career curriculum and a career information system (Career Genesis; CG) were developed by a team of staff members from government agencies (Tainan Department of Education and Student Counseling Centers), junior high schools, and the Chinese Career Research Center of National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan. The outcome of this project was strong on fostering interconnectedness. Implementing our VEC curriculum and CG to 30 junior high school students received statistically significant immediate increases in resilience, adaptation, and liking of career decision. The feedback and reflections suggest that mandating, attracting, and simplifying are useful strategies to promote our VEC model as well as to facilitate social change and create a multiple-win situation for all parties involved. This approach also follows the tao (é) of the Classic of Changes to provide new knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-64
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Pacific Rim Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 8 Oct 2015


  • Chinese philosophy
  • Classic of Changes (Yi Jing)
  • career counselling
  • career information system
  • career theory
  • indigenous psychology

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