Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

The Protagonist: Using Artificial Intelligence & Storytelling to Make Value-Based Career Decisions

Iris Cai, University of Pennsylvania

Document Type Thesis or dissertation

Abstract

Choosing what career to pursue is an important life decision for many. For students in higher education, career indecision can be a major source of anxiety. Values play an essential role in helping one clarify their identity and find a meaningful career that is aligned with one’s authentic self. After a review of the limitations of existing quantitative value clarification tools and explicating the benefits of its qualitative and narrative-based alternatives, this paper proposes a technology-empowered value discovery intervention in the form of a smartphone application (and companion site) that aims to promote and semi-automate the value discovery and mobilization process and bolster the career decision-making and well-being of college students. A proposal for the app is presented in the context of the theories and practices that support its design. A brief review of the technological capabilities that enable text analysis automation would also be discussed.

 

Date Posted: 17 August 2020