Super's Stages of Occupational Development: Definition & Examples Video


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John is looking to promote someone within the company to a position that would allow them to advance their already established skills, i.e. they are in the maintenance stage of occupational development. Which of the following employees would he chose, and why?

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1. Jared is a high school student who has never worked before, but he's thinking about getting a job as a lifeguard this summer. Which stage is he most likely in?

2. During which stage do many individuals return to school to enhance and further their careers?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo test your knowledge of the five stages of occupational development according to Donald Super. To pass the quiz, you'll need to be able to define each stage and name the age at which they typically occur.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessment tools will test you on the definitions of each of Super's five stages of occupational development:

  • Growth
  • Exploration
  • Maintenance
  • Establishment
  • Decline

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define all five stages
  • Information recall - memorize the five stages, their correct order, and the ages at which they appear
  • Making connections - understand how each stage of development leads naturally to the next

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the related lesson titled Super's Stages of Occupational Development: Definition & Examples. The lesson includes the following goals:

  • Define each of the five stages of development
  • Understand how each stage relates to the one before and after it
  • Define developmental model
  • Memorize the typical age range for each stage