Finding Virtue During The Job Search

Normative Ethics includes three different approaches: Virtue Ethics, Deontology & Consequentialsm. Virtue Ethics emphasizes moral character, Deontology emphasizes moral rules or duties, and Consequentialsm deals with the outcome of one’s actions. It is worth asking which approach creates the most value as a point-of-departure during the job search. Should we emphasize getting the most out of our actions (Consequentialsm), following the best moral rules (Deontology) or being benevolent (Virtue Ethics). As a Career Consultant and Personal Development Coach, it is my job to help my clients get the most out of their actions while challenging them to embody the highest level of honesty for themselves and others during that process. This is the first step to helping them find their dream careers because it propels them into stating what they want versus what someone else wants for them. Any other point-of-departure results in a gap between them and what they really want to do professionally. I help my clients eliminate this gap by making sure that each action they take is rooted in benevolence and is virtuous. In order to accomplish this, I help my clients make some very simple distinctions regarding their level of moral character by challenging them to be brutally honest regarding who they choose to be professionally and to take full ownership of what develops for them, good or bad, regarding those decisions.

Virtue ethics finds its roots in ancient Greek Philosophy, which attached three concepts to it that are worth reviewing: arete, phronesis, and eudaimonia.

About Shawn Athanasios

A little bit about me. I received my BA from California State University, Northridge in Speech Communication and my MA in Culture and Communication from New York University (NYU). My Master’s degree was within the field of Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management and my thesis topic was Meta-Cognition and Human Defensiveness. I wrote about the importance of individuals learning how to understand their defensiveness and negative thinking habits as a way to improve the overall cohesiveness within their human relationships. Curerently, I am an Adjunct Professor at SAE Institute, and my pasrt teaching experience includes several of the top Universities in the U.S. (NYU, LIM College, Pace University, Manhattan College & Georgia State University). My teaching experience includes the following courses: Interviewing Strategies, Intro to Human Communication and Culture, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, Principals and Theories of Communication, Public Speaking and Theories of Speech Communication I decided to create my own Coaching Business (JAAS Coaching) under the umbrella of Personal and Career Development for those looking to enhance their current profession, change careers, discover their deepest passions, communicate and manage conflict more effectively, achieve high levels of motivation, and find balance with their total self by offering a holistic approach to career and personal development. My eBook, "The Soul Search Before the Job Search," encompasses all of my work as a Personal and Executive Coach. My website/blog is www.JAAScoaching.comLinks to an external site. I have had many fulfilling experiences that include being raised in Laos, Ghana, India & Egypt by parents of the U.S. Foreign Service and Diplomatic community, teaching ESL in South Korea, serving as a Primary Counselor for kids out of Juvenile Hall, and mentoring grade school children through a Psychologist’s referred program. In addition, I am proud to have received a full scholarship for my Masters Degree at NYU, to have been the sole recipient of the Rosenberg scholarship and for graduating Magna Cum Laude upon completion of my graduate degree. I also presented two papers at the New York Speech Communication Association (NYSCA) conference while at Graduate School where I discussed the importance of taking full ownership of one’s shortcomings as essential to inducing change within oneself and one’s environment and how to be an effective interpersonal communicator. And finally, I was voted Faculty of The Year and Georgia State University after just one semester on the job! The article can be found on my website/blog. My volunteer work is reflected through participating in Buddhist Activities as a member of the Soka Gakkai International, the largest Buddhist lay organization in the world. Previously, I was the Young Men’s Division Leader for Houston District, I transcribed the World Tribune to audiotapes for the blind Buddhist members, I published an article in the Soka Gakkai’s Living Buddhism magazine and was a volunteer staff writer for the organization’s newspaper (The World Tribune). I continues to lead group discussions on Nichiren Buddhist Theory.
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