The whites contradicted the idea of advocating for public hospitals. To me, the latter could heal me but not my dad”. Jokingly the man added that the nurse dress, resembled the Tibetans traditional clothing in exclusion of the color, and thus since medicine was not in the list of his career choices, nursing became a perfect choice. According to him, career choice is a personal decision but should reflect the communities. As matter of fact, the nurse has detestation on capitalist ideology. He is gratefully operating as a nurse, an occupation that is not only different from his parents but also contradicts their belief. For that reason, he expects to have no control over his children’s career choice but maintains that whatever they choose, ought to better the community as well as improving their social standings.
The Guatemalan lady, admitted containing a lot of her historical culture traits, despite appearing as very decent and social. To start with, her parents happen to be peasant farmers. During her teenage age, peasant farming was associated with poverty and she had to maintain her parent’s reputation. “My parents were successful peasant farmers, but in my generation the word success and peasant farming were opponents,” she replied on why she opted to change her career. Notably, she still operated in agriculture and acknowledged that time demanded advancement and that she did. Analysis of Enculturation Processes.
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The purpose of this interview is to examine your career values and choices you have made, and to understand how you see those choices in relation to the people you are or have been closest to: your family. I would like to take a few minutes to think about your responses in advance. If you wish to bring prepared responses to the interview, that is fine. May I record your responses?
1. Name and year, era or generation you were born.
Where were you born and what can you tell me about the impact of local history/events that may have influenced your life choices?
2. How did your parents “make a living” & what did they teach you about work, or how did they influence you in your own career decisions?
How would you evaluate their culture, and how did their culture, &the way they learnt it, affect what they gave to you?
3. In your employment history, how did you resolve the dilemma of the kind(s) of work you always admired /aspired to, & the economic realities you found?
Which kinds of work are ideal, in your view, and why?
Which kinds of work are unacceptable to you? Why?
Do you have any career or professional moves you made which you regret (I always wanted to be a ____, but…?)
What is good work? Bad work? Enjoyable work? Drudgery?
4. In what ways would you wish to continue the family “tradition” in which you were born? How do you want your own marriage/ family to vary from your family of birth?
What is an “ideal” family?
What is the trouble with families today, & why can’t we fix our “family problems”?
5. What is your attitude toward your own ethnic background, & how has that influenced your whole work/family arrangement?
Which aspects of your ethnic heritage do you feel it is necessary or desirable to reveal or conceal?
How much has your parent’s ethnic heritage determined the outcome of their lives?
How does that contrast with your own situation?
6. In what ways do you want your children’s (or future generation’s) lives to be better than yours (ours)?
What can/ should they learn from you?
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