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Turning Points : Your Career Decision-Making Guide

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Pub. Date:
1/1/2002
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Summary

Turning Points is a comprehensive, practical resource that covers self-assessment, career exploration, job search, and success in the workplace. Student profiles illustrate each topic along the way. Students and instructors who used the first edition praise the following features: bull; bull;Coverage of Holland, Campbell, and Myers-Briggs self-assessment tools bull;Use of the four-step ASAP (Ask-Search-Analyze-Plan) research method for gathering information bull;A decision-making style that combines "listening to your heart" and "using your head" bull;Treatment of decisions about further education as an integral part of the career-planning process With every chapter updated, the second edition provides additional features, including: bull; bull;O'Net basic skills and a unique 88-item portable skills self-test bull;A completely revised chapter with effective strategies for professional development during internships, college jobs, and extracurricular activities bull;An updated chapter that shares experts' tips for managing your career during a time of rapid technological change bull;Expanded coverage of electronic resumes, online job banks, and other job/internship search tools bull;New and restructured activities designed to help readers use and evacuate career-related Web sites bull;A section on implementing career decisions, accompanied by a related hands-on activity Visit our Student Success Supersite at www.prenhall.com/success Features include: bull; bull;Majors Exploration bull;Career Advice bull;Web Links bull;Tips from Successful Students bull;Student Bulletin Boards bull;Faculty Resources

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
PART I SEARCH FOR INFORMATION 1(128)
Exploring Your Career Options Step by Step
3(24)
The Need To Decide
4(1)
Career Dilemmas
5(1)
Your Questions and Concerns
6(1)
Describe Your Dilemma Clearly and Specifically
6(3)
Consider Your Life Situation
9(3)
Our Life Situation
10(1)
Your Internal and External Obstacles
11(1)
Your Career Dilemma
12(1)
A Handy Way to Organize The Kinds Of Information You Need
12(2)
Taking Stock of Your Information Needs
14(1)
Ask--Search--Analyze--Plan (ASAP)
15(2)
Avoiding the Hazards of Internet Searches
17(1)
Where Students Get Stuck, and What To Do If It Happens To You
18(1)
Summary
19(1)
Key Points
19(8)
Taking Stock of Your Situation
21(3)
Accessing College Career Services on the Internet
24(1)
Career Browser
25(2)
Identifying Your Values and Personality Type
27(22)
Reasons For Creating Your Personal Identity Database
28(3)
Career Dreams: Look At Your Ideal Life 10 Years From Now
31(1)
Your Career Dreams
31(1)
Work Values
32(3)
Work Values Survey
32(2)
Work Values and Occupational Choices
34(1)
Values, Family, and Culture
34(1)
Holland's Personality Types
35(3)
The Myers---Briggs Type Indicator®
38(2)
Where Students Get Stuck, and What To Do If It Happens To You
40(1)
Key Points
40(9)
Your Work Values and Success
41(3)
Who Am I?
44(2)
How Do Others See Me?
46(3)
Identifying Your Interests and Skills
49(24)
What You Like, And What You Are Good At
50(1)
Your Interests and Campbell's Work Orientations
50(4)
Self-Assessment of Your Interests Using the Campbell Work Orientations
52(2)
The Skill Dimension of Your Personal Identity Database
54(5)
Self-Assessment of Your Skills Using the Campbell Work Orientations
54(5)
Where Students Get Stuck, and What To Do If It Happens To You
59(1)
Making Sense of The Information In Your Personal Identity Database
59(2)
The Value of Personal Identity Information: Themes And Patterns Emerge
61(1)
Your Personal Identity Database Summary
62(1)
Key Points
62(11)
Your Portable Skills Profile
63(7)
Life Accomplishments
70(3)
Gathering Information About Careers
73(28)
The Value of Career Information
74(4)
What is the Start Point of Your Search?
76(2)
Ask The Right Questions
78(7)
Search For Information
85(3)
Analyze Your Findings
88(2)
Plan Your Next Actions
90(1)
Tips For Handling The Emotional Ups and Downs of A Career Information Search
91(2)
Where Students Get Stuck, And What To Do If It Happens To You
93(1)
Key Points
94(7)
Career Comparison
95(6)
Gathering Information About Four-Year Colleges and Graduate Schools
101(28)
The Value of Four-Year College and Graduate School Information
102(1)
What is the Start Point of Your Search?
103(1)
Ask The Right Questions
104(8)
Search For Information
106(6)
Nick's and Jenna's Searches: How Are They Doing?
112(1)
Analyze Your Findings
112(3)
Plan Your Next Actions
114(1)
Make Sacrifices Now to Gain Benefits Later
115(1)
When You Have More Education Than Your Family
116(1)
Where Students Get Stuck, and What To Do If It Happens To You
116(2)
An Efficient and Effective Search
118(1)
Key Points
118(11)
College Comparison
119(4)
College Information Interview
123(3)
Assessing Your Need for Further Education
126(3)
PART II SET YOUR DIRECTION 129(140)
Making Choices
131(20)
Setting a Career Direction is a Process
132(1)
What's at Stake: The Significance of Career Decisions
133(2)
Complicating Factors
135(1)
Listen to Your Heart And Use Your Head
136(2)
The Decision Style Window
138(3)
Trade-Offs and Unknowns
141(1)
Setting Your Career Direction Takes Time
141(1)
Where Students Get Stuck, And What To do If It Happens To You
142(1)
A Hero's Journey
143(1)
Key Points
144(7)
Making a Balanced Decision
146(1)
Making a Plan
147(4)
Selecting a Major
151(28)
Major Choice and Change During College
152(3)
The Truth About College Majors
153(2)
Majors and Degree Requirements
155(2)
Differences in Student Goals
157(4)
College Majors and Career Outcomes
161(3)
Key Actions in Choosing a Major
164(1)
Looking at Majors: Preliminary Research
165(1)
Making a Balanced Decision
165(2)
Seeking Advice While Remaining Independent
167(2)
Where Students Get Stuck, and What To Do If It Happens To You
169(1)
Choose Your Major with Care
170(1)
Key Points
170(9)
College Major Profile
171(8)
Finding a Place to Advance Your Career
179(24)
Job Seekers: Directions and Decisions
180(1)
Four Work Settings
181(1)
Finding a Place in Business
181(5)
Providing Services for Others
186(2)
Refining Decisions About Work Settings
188(1)
Organizational Specialties: Another Way To Mold A Career
189(3)
Learning the Vocabulary of Work Settings
192(1)
Where Students Get Stuck, and What To Do If It Happens To You
192(1)
Asap Information Searches and Balanced Career Decisions
192(1)
Key Points
193(10)
Industry Profile
194(6)
Starting Your Own Business
200(3)
Finding a Job
203(34)
Job Search Skills
205(1)
Job Hunting While in College
205(2)
Job Hunting After Graduation
207(2)
Active Methods Are Best
209(1)
Clarify Your Job Search Objectives and Information Needs
210(3)
Your Job Search Type
212(1)
Composing A Resume
213(4)
The Technology Transition in Sending, Storing, and Managing Resumes
217(4)
Other Job Search Tools
221(2)
Starting a Reference File
222(1)
Tips to Decrease Job Search Stress
223(1)
Where Students Get Stuck, and What To Do If It Happens To You
223(1)
Key Points
224(13)
Your Resume
225(12)
Making a Job Choice
237(32)
Interview Preparation
238(2)
Interview Etiquette
240(2)
Dealing With Circumstances Out of Your Control
242(1)
Coping With Rejection
243(1)
The Job Offer
244(2)
Assessment of Career Potential
246(2)
Take Charge of Your Own Job Orientation
248(1)
Where Students Get Stuck, and What To Do if It Happens To You
249(3)
Hallie's Offer: Would You Advise Her to Accept?
252(1)
Key Points
252(17)
Activity 10.2 Organization Profile
253(8)
Interview Preparation
261(8)
PART III MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE COUNT 269(70)
How to Take Charge of Your Career
271(22)
Taking Charge of Your Career: A Multidisciplinary Perspective
272(1)
Sociologists Caution You About ``Reality Shock''
273(1)
Psychologists See You As Moving Gradually Into A New Career Stage
274(2)
Your Career Stage and Tasks
276(1)
Economists Stress The Widespread Impact of High Technology and The Global Marketplace
276(5)
Humanists Alert You to a New Challenge: The Perpetual Workday
281(4)
Am I Ready to Be a Dot-Commer?
282(2)
Dot-Com Winners and Losers
284(1)
Where Students Get Stuck, and What To Do If It Happens To You
285(2)
A Personal Definition of Advancement
286(1)
Key Points
287(6)
Career Advice On-line
288(5)
How to Learn from Internships, College Jobs, and Extracurricular Activities
293(22)
Value Learning Outside the Classroom
294(5)
Your College Experience Chart
296(2)
Searching for Internships on the Internet
298(1)
Challenging Assignments
299(2)
Encounters With Key People
301(1)
Coping With Hardships
302(2)
Take Charge of the Learning Process
304(3)
Celebrate Your Success
307(1)
Where Students Get Stuck, and What To Do If It Happens To You
308(1)
Key Points
308(7)
Lessons of Experience
309(3)
Understanding Your Boss's Style
312(1)
A Development Plan Worksheet
313(2)
How to Develop Your Career Network
315(18)
Career Networks
316(1)
Seven Ways That Your Career Network Works For You
317(2)
Overcoming the Internal Obstacles to Networking
319(1)
Examine Your Career Network
320(3)
Your Network Chart
322(1)
Professional Associations: A Key Networking Opportunity
323(2)
Professional Association Membership
324(1)
Where Students Get Stuck, and What To do If It Happens To You
325(1)
Key Points
325(8)
Career Information Interview
326(7)
Reflections
333(6)
Congratulations
334(3)
Reaffirming Your Commitment to Ongoing Career Management
336(1)
Career Advancement
337(2)
Endnotes 339(8)
Index 347

Excerpts

Career decisions are among the most important choices you will ever make. Work plays an important part in shaping your lifestyle and contributes significantly to your overall life satisfaction. To engage in career planning is to concentrate on some of life's biggest questions: "What do I want to do?" "Who do I want to become?" "How will I earn my living?" There are no ready-made, one-size-fits-all answers to these questions. Career planning is a creative endeavor. Each of you has a different set of concerns and a unique life situation, and each of you possesses a distinctive combination of values, interests, personality, and skills. This second edition ofTurning Pointsis designed to respond to your individual needs and introduce you to career-planning techniques that will have lifelong advantages. CAREER DILEMMAS You want to choose wisely, because your choices will have very important consequences for your life. Yet there are so many issues to consider that it is natural to feel some uncertainty. Read over the list of questions below, and check the ones that are similar to questions you may have. Which career options really suit me the best? How can I balance my desire to advance my career with my family needs? Should I change direction or stay with what I have selected? Am I too much of a dreamer, never settling on any one direction? Is it a good idea to continue my education? Now or later? Full-time or part-time? Where can I get the time and money to go on with my education? What are the best career opportunities in the global marketplace? Which fields hold the most promise in the years ahead? What kinds of skills do employers want? Now add any other questions that came to mind. In this book I call such questions and concerns "career dilemmas" because they often involve difficult and perplexing issues--they are like puzzles. This book will help you define your own personal career dilemmas and provide you with a method for resolving them. You can become more confident about your future. You have made a substantial investment in higher education. Learning practical career-planning techniques helps to ensure that one major benefit of your efforts will be a selection of rewarding career options. OVERVIEW OF THE CONTENTS The scope of this book is comprehensive. Its 13 chapters encompass three major topics: (1) searching for information, (2) setting your career direction, and (3) making your experience count. Each of these topics corresponds to one of the three essential tasks--exploration, specification, and implementation--described by Donald Super in his pioneering work on career development. Part I: Search for Information This unit, consisting of Chapters 1-5, focuses on exploration tasks. You'll cover the kind of information you need to make good career choices and see whether an advanced degree or additional training is right for you. The purpose of these chapters is to help you conduct a self-assessment, gather information, and identify suitable career and educational options. Part II: Set Your Direction In this unit, I introduce a practical model of career decision making. You are encouraged to "Listen to Your Heart" and "Use Your Head." This balanced approach helps you consider your personal dreams, life circumstances, and economic goals. It also highlights the need to ponder external factors, such as workplace opportunities. This unit, consisting of Chapters 6-10, engages you in setting your career direction. It addresses three important choices: selecting a college major, choosing a work setting, and making a job choice. It also teaches you effective job search tactics and vital job search skills, such as resume writing and interviewing. Part III: Make Your Experience Count Chapters 11-13 are devoted to strategies to advance you


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