Career Management and Work-Life Integration : Using Self-Assessment to Navigate Contemporary Careers

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  • Copyright: 5/16/2007
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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Career Management & Work/Life Integration: Using Self-Assessment to Navigate Contemporary Careers is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide to managing contemporary careers. Although grounded in theory, the book also provides an extensive set of exercises and activities that can guide career management over the lifespan. Authors Brad Harrington and Douglas T. Hall offer a highly useful self-assessment guide for students and other individuals who want to deal with the challenge of succeeding in a meaningful career while living a happy, well-balanced life.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Understanding the New Careerp. 1
Three Career Casesp. 1
The Barnes Familyp. 1
Helen Caseyp. 2
The Smith Familyp. 3
The Changing Landscape of Careersp. 4
The Changing Nature of Familiesp. 8
The New Careersp. 9
Our Career and Work-Life Modelp. 11
The Self-Assessment Processp. 15
The Basic Areas of Self-Assessmentp. 16
Reflecting on the Pastp. 17
Identity as a Core Competencep. 21
Clarifying Your Valuesp. 24
Understanding Your Interests and Passionsp. 29
Lifestylep. 32
Understanding Your Life Goals and Personal Visionp. 35
Skill Assessmentp. 37
Summaryp. 44
Integrating Your Self-Assessment and Developing Implicationsp. 47
Integrating Your Self-Assessmentp. 47
Developing Themes From Your Datap. 50
Coding Your Datap. 51
Grouping Your Datap. 52
Assigning Tentative Themesp. 53
Constructing the Final Themes With Supporting Datap. 53
Sample Themesp. 54
Developing Career and Work-Life Implicationsp. 57
Summaryp. 60
Finding Ideal Workp. 61
Job Lossp. 63
Assessing the Labor Marketp. 66
Identifying the Right Opportunities for Youp. 68
Job Search Toolsp. 71
Referencesp. 71
Resumesp. 73
Starting a Professional Portfoliop. 74
Cover Lettersp. 75
Conducting the Job Searchp. 76
Networking and the Job Searchp. 77
Informational Interviewsp. 83
Guidelines for Conducting an Informational Interviewp. 84
Questions to Askp. 85
Identifying the Ideal Employerp. 87
Special Challenges and Tips for International Students Who Want to Work in the United Statesp. 90
Career Decision Makingp. 92
Summaryp. 94
Career Development Strategiesp. 97
Organizational Career Pathsp. 102
From Career Ladders to Career Latticesp. 103
Vertical Careers and Organizational Advancementp. 105
Managing Upp. 106
Alternative Career Paths-Salzman's Typologyp. 109
Backtrackersp. 111
Plateauersp. 111
Career Shiftersp. 112
Self-Employersp. 113
Urban Escapeesp. 114
The Portfolio Careerp. 115
Ongoing Developmentp. 116
Organizational Career Systemsp. 121
International Assignmentsp. 124
Financial Considerationsp. 126
Summaryp. 130
Work and Familyp. 133
Men and Women, Families and Workp. 134
Dual-Career Couplesp. 136
Dual-Career Familiesp. 141
Sources of Stressp. 142
Role Conflictp. 143
Summaryp. 152
Workplace Flexibilityp. 153
Flexible Work Arrangementsp. 154
Flextimep. 155
Compressed Work Weekp. 157
Part-Time and Reduced-Load Workp. 158
Job Sharingp. 161
Telecommutingp. 164
Leavesp. 170
Sabbaticalsp. 171
Other Elements of the Family-Friendly Workplacep. 172
Family-Friendly Workplace Culturep. 174
The Dark Side of Flexible Work Arrangementsp. 176
Summaryp. 177
Career Development Over the Lifespanp. 179
Lifespan Development: Are Career and Life Stages Still Relevant Today?p. 180
Adult Life Stagesp. 181
Gender and Life Stagesp. 184
A New Model for Middle and Later Years: Learning Cyclesp. 185
The Second (or Third or Fourth) Careerp. 188
Protean Careers and Older Workersp. 190
How Do We Tap the Potential of Older Workers?p. 194
Use Developmental Relationshipsp. 194
Opt for New and Varied Job Experiencep. 195
Improve Person-Job Brokeringp. 195
Use Information Technologyp. 196
Retirementp. 197
How Do I Want to Design My Life for the Third Phase?p. 198
Financial Planning and Careers in Later Lifep. 199
Summarizing Careers Over the Lifespanp. 201
Book Summaryp. 201
Standards of Excellence Indexp. 205
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 223
About the Authorsp. 233
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