Careers: The Board Game

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Going out with me is just great. I really know how to throw a good party. Hence the other night me and my partner (AKA The  Student Support Manager at the Department of Economics, University of Leicester) found ourselves playing the Careers board game as a Friday night treat.

To be fair she did actually buy me the game, so my insistence on a Friday night busman’s holiday is not as cruel as it might sound.

Apparently devised by a sociologist and first manufactured in 1955 the set that we’ve got was probably produced sometime in the 1960s – thankfully before the politically correct replacement of the glamorous career of “uranium prospecting” with “sports”.

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In essence the aim of the game is to achieve the blend of money, happiness and fame that you seek. Despite its 1956 origins the game actually embodies a “boundaryless “conception of career. Individuals are not matched to a career on the basis of their attributes and traits. Rather they enter the free market, making purposeful career building decisions and regularly switching from one career to another. 

The game begins with players thinking about how they want to blend money, happiness and fame and then their own blend guides the strategies that they pursue throughtout the game. Player keep score on their own career scorecard which they keep secret from the other players. 

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The game has a very clear message that pragmatic and dynamic career planning is essential if you are going to realise your career aspirations.

One interesting thing is that there are multiple routes into most of the careers in the game. In general education, experience or plain old money will get you into a career that you want to pursue.

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I rather enjoyed the game (although I lost!) I’d definately play again.

Would it be good as a part of careers education? Maybe, although it might go on a bit too long. However, the process of thinking about what you want and then pursuing flexible strategies to achieve it probably hammers the right kind of messages.

Anyone fancy a game?

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5 thoughts on “Careers: The Board Game

  1. you are playing it all wrong. You NEVER put the cork back in the bottle!!! I used to play this game as a kid at my Aunt’s house in Leamington, she was a teacher….

  2. This reminds me of my childhood – will dig it out when I got home for Christmas and see if it has any relevance for the modern world!

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