Career Wisdom for College Students: Insights You Won't Get in Class, on the Internet, or from Your Parents / Edition 1

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Overview

Career Wisdom for College Students is a career-advice book for those who need it most-college students facing monumental decisions about their future but who may not have all the information they need. More than 60 articles offer advice and aid to first-time job seekers and college students during the formative time when a major is chosen, an initial career path is charted, and internship and work-experience opportunities abound.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816068371
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,291,073
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Doug Hardy     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xv
Take a Look Around-a Real Look Around!
Introduction-Discover What Is Really Out There     3
Look Inside     7
First Know Thyself-Now, Not Later     7
This Is a Test; This Is Only a Test     11
What Are You Good At? Ask Someone Else!     15
Career Choice Goes Beyond What You Are Good At     18
Abilities and Skills [Not Equal] Interests and Passions     22
You Have to Live with Your Values     25
Don't Know What You Want? Then Start with the Opposite!     29
Look Outside     33
Career Information Is Just a Page or Two Away     33
Talk to People-That's 'People,' Not 'Person'     37
You Do Not Need to Talk to People in Person     40
Lurk and Learn: Internet Listservs Open Your Eyes to New Possibilities     44
Use Professional Associations to Explore Careers     47
The Hidden Treasures in Career Center Placement Statistics     50
Your School's Alums Will Probably Help You-but Only If You Ask!     54
Look with Patience and an Open Mind     59
Speed Kills-This Won't Be Fast     59
You Can Make aCareer Out of Almost Anything     64
The Healthiest Attitude: 'I'm Not Lost; I'm Exploring!'     68
Treat Career Exploration Like a Trip to the Toy Store Look Around! Browse!     72
When One Career Door Closes, Look for Others to Open     76
Be Careful of What You Think You Know!
Introduction-Think About How You Think     83
Confront Your Internal Beliefs     87
Think 'What Will I Do First?' Instead of 'What Will I Do with My Life?'     87
Question Your Sources as You Explore Career Options     91
Do Not Let Old Assumptions Keep You from Newfound Happiness     95
Beware of Either/Or Thinking     98
Career Decision-Making Traps to Avoid     101
Confront Your External Influences     105
Geography Matters in Your Career Decision Making     105
Labor Market Forecasts-Handle with Care     108
Money, Status, and Power Are Not the Only Forms of Pay     111
It Is Hard to Make Career Decisions When You Are Dealing with Other Serious Issues     115
Confront Your Conclusions     119
You Are Not the Only One Who Is Struggling to Decide     119
Eliminate an Option Only If You Have Thoroughly Investigated It     123
Build Your Skills and Experience through Hands-on Activities
Introduction-Experience Leads to Skills; Skills Lead to Jobs     129
Focus on Action     133
At Some Point, You Have to Stop Planning and Start Doing     133
Experience Is Not Optional; It Is Essential     137
Internship Is Just One Name for Valuable Experience     140
Internships and Co-ops Give You a Competitive Advantage     144
You Can Get Paid for an Unpaid Internship     149
Starting at the Bottom Is Not a Sadistic Hazing Ritual     152
Focus on Skills     155
Develop the Soft Skills Employers Demand     155
Your Moneymaking Jobs Matter More Than You Think     159
Campus Activities Build Essential Skills That You May Overlook     162
Your Classroom Experiences Matter to Employers     165
Volunteer for Your Career     168
Identify the Skills You Have Gained from Hobbies and Avocations     171
Do Not Take Your Technology Skills for Granted     174
Land the Job You Really Want
Introduction-Think Like an Employer, Win the Job     181
Perfect Your Attitude     185
Entitlement Kills     185
'Give Me a Chance' Will Give You No Chance     189
Yes, You Do Have Contacts to Network With!     192
It's Not What You Know or Who You Know-It's Both     196
This Test Is Graded on a Curve     199
Focus Is Critical to Job Search Success     203
Perfect Your Approach     207
It Is Never Too Early to Start Your Job Search     207
When in Doubt, Apply!     211
You Can Beat the Low GPA Blues     213
Customized, Carefully Crafted Documents Win Interviews-and Jobs     217
Use Numbers to Give Context to Your Accomplishments     221
On-Campus Recruiters Are Not the Only Ones with Job Openings     225
Get Involved in a Professional Organization to Make Yourself Known     229
Why Is Networking So Effective? The Reasons Have Little To Do with You     233
Introverts Can Network Too     237
Perfect Your Presentation     241
Presentation Is Everything-Make Sure You Look Good on Paper and in Person     241
Examples Beat Mere Words in Your Job Search     245
Portfolios: Proof of Your Claims     249
Practice Makes Perfect Where Interviewing Is Concerned     252
Out-Research Your Competitors, Win the Job     255
Interviewing Is a Two-Way Street     258
The Power of a Simple Thank-You Note     261
All Sorts of Factors Impact Your Job Search Success (or Lack Thereof)     264
Epilogue-There Is No Need to Go It Alone: 10 Reasons to Visit Your Campus Career Center     269
Additional Help     275
About the Author     278
Index     281
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