What is myKensho?
mykensho is an inclusive, integrated, holistic, technology and knowedge enabled identity and career education and development ecosystem solution for schools. mykensho is a unified framework that empowers every student to connect with parents, teachers,
counsellors, employers and educators to organically and seamlessly explore, understand, decide, plan and execute their educational, career and vocational pathways based on real time world scenarios to effectively manage life and career transitions after school.
It is delivered as a structured student centric Identity and career education and development program which is embedded in schools from standard 7 to 12, the formative years when beliefs, attitudes, values are shaped, core skills and career perceptions developed. It is a blended delivery model using curriculum, various tools, techniques and sequential interventions that are age appropriate and outcome focused.
The program is led by internationally certified career practitioners, and is quality benchmarked to international career industry standards and good practice. It is whole of school approach to career education and development, and actively involves parents, teachers, students and the school community.
mykensho is an inclusive, evidence based and scientific approach to identity and career development in young people built around the philosophical core of individual identity
development as the name mykensho suggests.
kensho is japanese for ‘seeing into one’s own nature’ or the first glimpse of
In the Indian spiritual tradition this is referred as Swadharma, which is acting in accordance with one's skills and talents, and own intrinsic nature (svabhava), with responsible (karma) including the authentic attributes, inclinations, and potentials of each individual. Dharma means the way, literally duty. Everything and everyone in existence is meant to have it's own dharma — the essential way of being in the world. Thus a person’s swadharma (swa, own, and dharma, duty) is their own unique role in life or way of being in the world, which it is their duty to realize and fulfill. Swadharma is referred to as a set of capacities that when fully developed allow every person to take their place in the world. It is considered futile to attempt to live out the dharma of another, other than discovering one's own capacities. mykensho is a modern solution enabling this fundamental human development need in a rapidly changing world.
In more recent times, Erik Erikson a German born American developmental psychologist
and psychoanalyst was known for his theory on psychosocial development of human beings. He may be most famous for coining the phrase identity crisis. His belief is that throughout each person's lifetime, they experience different crises/conflicts. Each of the conflicts arises at a certain point in life and must be successfully resolved for progression to the next of the eight stages.
The particular stage relevant to identity formation takes place during adolescence
(ages 12-20), this stage is called "Identity versus Role Confusion". The Identity vs. Role Confusion stage consists of adolescents trying to figure out who they are in order to form a basic identity that they will build on throughout their life..
The primary concerns of a basic identity are social and occupational identities. Once an adolescent has accomplished the task of figuring out "who they are, where could they fit in the world", they are ready to enter the further stages like "Intimacy versus Isolation" where they will form strong friendships and a sense of companionship with others. If the Identity vs. Role Confusion is not resolved, an adolescent will be confused about their identity and the roles they should have as adults. The idea is that failure to form one's own identity leads to failure to form a shared identity with others, which could lead to instability in many areas as an adult. The identity formation stage of Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development is a crucial precedent stage of human development.
mykensho Philosophy - Identity & Career Education and Development
Empower youth with a structured, focused and continuous approach to explore, understand, decide, plan and execute educational, vocational and career pathways based on real world scenarios towards achieving a self informed, self directed and evolving life and career vision.