Building Your Career: A Guide to Your Future

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Overview

This premier career decision guide turns theory into practice with step-by-step exercises and thought-provoking activities. The detailed and systematic exercises in Building Your Career: A Guide to Your Future, Third Edition, will help you:

  • create an individual career plan that integrates information about your interests, personality, values, and abilities
  • discover how environment and family background influence your work-related decisions
  • investigate career clusters and broad areas of interest before focusing on specific job titles in tomorrow's workplace
  • gain a psychological edge and become effective by developing skills demanded by today's employers
  • prepare resumes and practice job interviews so that you'll feel confident and ready for a successful job search

This book's structured approach to decision making allows you to thoroughly explore your options and begin building the career of your choosing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137768080
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1

Table of Contents

Preface xi
1 Getting Ready 1
How Do People Choose Careers? 1
Why Do People Work? 2
What is a Career? 4
Why Do I Need to Plan? 4
What are Some Barriers to Career Choice? 6
Where Do I Start? The Career Choice Process 7
Summary Checklist 13
2 What Do I Need to Know About Myself? 15
Exploring the Self 15
How Does My Environment Influence My Career Choices? 33
Individual Career Plan #1 39
Individual Career Plan #2 40
Summary Checklist 41
3 What Do I Need to Know About Occupational Alternatives? 43
Occupational Information 43
Sources of Occupational Information 44
Evaluating Occupational Information 47
Future Work Trends 47
Work Skills Needed in the Next Decade 48
Workforce Trends in the Next Decade 49
Worksites in the Next Decade 52
Summary Checklist 61
4 What Do I Need to Know About Educational Alternatives? 63
Choosing an Educational Direction 63
Why Attend College? 65
Making Initial Decisions 65
The Undergraduate Curriculum 67
Choosing a Major 67
Graduate or Professional Education 76
Distance Learning 78
Experiential Learning 78
Summary Checklist 81
5 How Will I Decide? 83
Factors in Decision Making 83
Dimensions of Decision Making 85
Myself as Decision Maker 86
The Decision Situation 90
The Decision-Making Process 92
Summary Checklist 99
6 How Will I Gain a Psychological Edge? 101
Tips on Becoming Personally Effective 101
Communicating Effectively 106
Identifying and Managing Stress 108
Accepting and Adapting to Change 114
Ethical Behavior 116
Summary Checklist 120
7 How Will I Advance My Career?: The Job Search and Resume Writing 121
Selling Yourself 121
Taking Action Steps 122
Writing a Resume 124
Job Searching on the Internet 131
Writing a Cover Letter 140
Summary Checklist 144
8 Am I the Best Candidate?: Job Leads and the Job Interview 147
Generating Job Leads 147
Career Mentors 149
Job Interviewing 150
Follow-Up 154
Dealing With Rejection 155
Summary Checklist 157
9 Where Do I Go from Here? 159
References 167
Index 169
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Preface

Planning and building a career is a lifelong process requiring a broad base of critical knowledge and skills. Individuals will have to draw upon this base many times as they explore, remain in, and change careers. Although some individuals plan ahead for effective career decisions, many others make career decisions only as the need arises—or even allow circumstances to dictate their careers, sometimes with less than satisfactory results.

This third edition of Building Your Career seeks to equip individuals with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors required to make effective educational and career decisions. The book's detailed approach encourages self-assessment, imparts information about the work world of tomorrow, and helps readers explore academic and career alternatives pertaining to their interests and the careers they wish to pursue, now and in the future. Exercises are designed to involve the reader in career decision making for the present and the future. New to this edition are case studies in every chapter, which bring the discussion into the real world of work.

Chapter One begins by addressing some basic questions: How do people choose careers? Why do people work? What is a career? Why do I need to plan? The chapter explains the career choice process and personalizes it through six exercises designed to get readers started on their career journey.

Chapter Two explores personal characteristics as they relate to career interests, values, aptitudes, and skills. The exercises involve self-assessment of these characteristics.

Chapter Three enables students to identify, explore, and evaluate the various careeroptions available to them and to consider how future trends might affect their career choices. The exercises help students narrow their options to general fields of interest and introduce informational interviewing to help them learn more about their choices from people working in those fields.

Chapter Four examines various educational options and college curricula. A matrix relates more than 100 college majors to associated interests and aptitudes.

Chapter Five pulls together the elements examined in previous chapters to formulate a perspective for decision making. A model of the decision-making process is suggested for students to use in examining their own decision-making style for everyday and important decisions alike.

Chapter Six examines the psychological edge identified with effective workers. It discusses how to acquire the knowledge and behavior associated with effectiveness, detailing specific strategies such as communicating effectively and managing stress. Included is the topic of ethical behavior and making ethical choices.

Chapters Seven and Eight leave behind the personal perspective of previous chapters and move on to the important tasks involved in the job search itself, encouraging students to take specific action steps each academic year to help them prepare for the job search later. Exercises in both chapters explore issues such as writing effective resumes and cover letters and interviewing for a job.

Chapter Nine helps students to pinpoint where they are in the career decision-making process and offers three methods by which to summarize the learning and accomplishments they have acquired during the course of this journey. This is a preamble to the next steps toward building satisfying careers, whatever the future may bring.

Acknowledgments

We would like to acknowledge Dr. Margie Bogenschutz, who provided helpful suggestions for the job-search part of this book. We also would like to thank all of the students who, in using this book, offered us valuable feedback about their diverse career planning needs. We have incorporated their suggestions in this new edition. We extend special thanks to Prentice Hall Editor Sande Johnson and Assistant Editor Cecilia Johnson, who guided us through the revision process.

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