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Editorial Reviews

VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Pam Carlson
Character can be defined as “who you are even when no one else is around.” The career one chooses may provide unexpected challenges in the areas of integrity and trustworthiness, respect and compassion, justice and fairness, responsibility, courage, self-discipline and diligence, and citizenship. Careers with Character devotes one chapter in each title to each of those areas while presenting comprehensive information on job requirements, career opportunities, and a general introduction on character questions and career choices. Personal narratives are what differentiate this series from others devoted to careers, making it both more readable and memorable. Open-ended questions following the anecdotes ask the reader what decision they would have made in particular situations. Several sidebars with quotes, factoids, and lists, such as “Excuses We Make for Unethical Behavior,” break up the text. Both color and black-and-white photos are scattered throughout. A basic introduction is repeated in each volume and short lists for further reading, related websites, glossary, and index are included. Several highly visible and influential careers are embodied in the series including politician, social worker, homeland security officer, and clergy. There were a few typos: For example, Childcare Worker states that 3.3 cases of child abuse are reported each year. The actual number is 3.3 million. Despite such glitches, this is a unique and beneficial resource for young adults making decisions about their futures, as well as for high school or even college counselors to use with students. It is a reminder that careers are more than salary and perks; they might possibly be a means of influencing the world. (Careers with Character) Reviewer: Pam Carlson; Ages 15 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Weaving together career and character education, these titles explore some of the ethical and moral dilemmas faced by people employed in these fields. Each title is organized into chapters that center around a specific value, such as responsibility, courage, self-discipline and diligence, and respect and compassion. Within each chapter, a fictional situation is explored, and readers are asked to discuss and think about the dilemma and the ethics of the situation. Only a small portion of each book is devoted to explaining job requirements and career opportunities. Nonetheless, readers are presented with some of the realities and everyday decisions in each of these fields. The books are clearly written and well organized; color photographs add to their attractiveness. The glossaries and indexes are somewhat minimal. These titles will supplement the standard career-education books found in many libraries, and teachers wanting students to explore some of the values needed in order to succeed in these chosen professions will find them useful.-Beth Jones, Shelby County High School, Shelbyville, KY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422227671
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2013
  • Series: Careers with Character Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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