Getting Real: Helping Teens Find Their Future / Edition 2

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Promote “career maturity” by integrating youthful aspirations with economic realities and guide teenagers toward thoughtful goals by explaining labor markets, exposing misconceptions, and exploring postsecondary options.

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Editorial Reviews

Shawn Grime
"I applaud the author’s efforts in promoting a shift from the 'one way to win' stance toward that of helping students face reality and develop career goals that will help them be successful."
Diane Smith
"Stresses the need for career maturity.This is oneof thefew books that addresses this topic so well."
Kelli S. Kercher
"This book is a must-read for those involved in developing futures planning for students in ninth grade through their exit from high school into adult life."
Mary Reeve
“Gray provides a systematic method for working with students to look at opportunities after high school in a realistic way.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412963657
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 586,700
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth C. Gray is a professor in the Workforce Education and Development Program at Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn State, he was superintendent of the Vocational Technical High School System in Connecticut and has been a high school English teacher, guidance counselor, and administrator. He has published widely and is frequently quoted in the national press. He is coauthor with Edwin Herr of Workforce Education: The Basic. His latest book, Getting Real: Helping Teens Find Their Future, addresses the importance of helping teenagers develop career direction as a prerequisite to postsecondary success. He holds a BA in economics from Colby College, an MA in counseling psychology from Syracuse University, and a doctorate in technical education from Virginia Tech.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
About the Author
1. Getting Real: New Realities for Postsecondary Success
A New Goal: Postsecondary Success
Career Direction and the "Fourth" R
Career Maturity and Career Direction
Career Exploration Activities and Career Maturity
Career Development Programs: Are They Effective?
Society's Ambivalence About Career Choice
The Role of Public Schools
Making the Case for Career Development Programs
Promoting Success
Part I. Understanding Those We Try to Help “Get Real”
2. Today’s Teens and Their Parents
Today’s Teens
Today’s Parents
Promoting Success
3. Dropouts, Teens With Disabilities, and Graduates Seeking Full Time Employment
Getting Real and High School Dropouts
Getting Real and Special Populations
High School Graduates Who Seek Full Time Employment
Promoting Success
4. Creating Opportunities by Countering Stereotypes
Occupational Stereotypes
Gender Stereotypes and Earnings: Education or Occupation?
Occupational Stereotyping: Minorities and the Economically Disadvantaged
Promoting Success
Part II. Understanding Labor Market Fundamentals
5. Labor Market Misunderstandings and Bad Advice
Misunderstanding 1: A University Degree Guarantees Access to High Wages
Misunderstanding 2: A University Degree Guarantees Access to Professional Careers
Misunderstanding 3: High Tech Careers Require a University Degree
Misunderstanding 4: Career Planning Is Worthless Because People Change Jobs All the Time Anyway
Misunderstanding 5: University Graduates Will Take All the Good Jobs
Labor Market Advantage: The Secret to Getting High-Skill / High-Wage Employment
Bad Advice Given to Teens
Will Tentative Career Decisions Close the Door to Future Opportunity?
Promoting Success
6. Occupational Projections, Technical and Middle Skill Employment
I: Using Labor Market Information
II: Occupational Projections
III: The Other Way to Win: Technical and Middle-Skill Occupations
A Selective List of Technical and Middle Skilled Occupations: This Is Rocket Science
Promoting Success
Part III. Strategies to Promote Career Direction
7. Career Success, Decision Making, and Teens
The Path to Career Success?
Characteristics of a Career Mature Teenager
Career Decision Making Anxiety of Teens
Reducing Teen Anxiety Over Making Career Decisions
Promoting Success
8. Strategies to Promote Adolescent Career Maturity and Direction
Student Outcome Goals for Career Development Program
Outcome Goal 1: Promoting a Tentative Career Direction While in the 10th Grade
Outcome Goal 2: Verifying Tentative Career Directions
Outcome Goal 3: Develop a Postsecondary Plan
Providing Career Counseling
Promoting Success
9. Considering “All” the Alternatives
Traditional Formal Education Alternatives
Alternatives to College
The “Bridge” or “Prep” Year
Promoting Success
10. Six-Step Plan for Postsecondary Success
Talking to Parents
Parents and Career Choice
Six-Step Plan for Postsecondary Success
Helping Parents With Difficult Choices
Promoting Success
11. Getting Real and the Role of the Business Community
Community Organizations
Promoting Success
12. How Are Teenagers Best Served, Nutritional Lies or Reality?
Nutritional Lies
Creating Opportunity
Five Premises for Success
Well-Intended but Bad Advice Given to Teens
Understanding Our Role
Fighting the Good Fight

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