Career Directions: The Path to Your Ideal Career

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-01
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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Career Directions: The Path to Your Ideal Career, provides diverse job seekers with the essential resources and techniques to develop a career plan, conduct a successful job search, and succeed in a diverse workplace. Whether your students are seeking an internship or co-op job, first position after graduation, or a career transition,Career Directionswill prepare students to stand out in the changing workplace! Students in career schools, colleges, community colleges, and universities can all benefit from using this book in career development courses and career workshops.Career Directionscan also be used independently for those who want to direct their own career planning and job search efforts.With over 30 years of experience in career development and human resources, Donna Yena brings a practitioner's perspective toCareer Directions. Her experience as Vice President of Career Development and Alumni Relations at Johnson & Wales University, along with her background as a manager, instructor, and curriculum designer, contribute to the advice and techniques offered in this text. More than just a text on job searches and career planning,Career Directionsprovides instruction and resource materials that will help you find your internship or co-op job, first position after graduation, or guide you through a career transition.

Table of Contents

CAREER DIRECTIONS 5/e PART I CAREER PLANNING Chapter One THE MILLENNIAL WORKPLACE World Trends Affect on the Workplace '¢ Credit Crisis '¢ Diversity '¢ Generational Differences '¢ Entrepreneurship '¢ Work-place Knowledge Chapter Summary Chapter Two SELF ASSESSMENT Understanding Yourself '¢ Values Activity 2.1 Values Checklist '¢ Interests Activity 2.2 Interests Checklist '¢ Personality Activity 2.3 Personality Checklist '¢ Skills and Competencies Activity 2.4 Skills Checklist Activity 2.5 Skills Assessment Activity 2.6 Competencies Checklist '¢ Talents Activity 2.7 Talent Checklist Defining Success '¢ Career Success Activity 2.8 Career Success and Your Age Activity 2.9 Career Success and Your Gender Activity 2.10 Career Success and Your Ethnic Background Activity 2.11 Your Personal Career Statement '¢ Qualities of Success '¢ Success and Your Career Choice Insert:USA Today Success Graphic Employer Expectations Activity 2.12 Rate Yourself on Your Qualities, Skills and Work Experience '¢Setting Goals for Self Improvement Activity 2.13 Goals for Self-Improvement Activity 2.14 How to Add Value to an Employer: Proof by Example Setting Goals for Self-improvement '¢ Characteristics of a Goal Chapter Summary Chapter Three YOUR PERSONAL IMPRESSION Workplace Communication Skills '¢Verbal Skills '¢Speaking Skills Activity 3.1 Your Strengths '¢Conversational Skills Activity 3.2 Your Strengths '¢Phone Skills Activity 3.3 Your Strengths '¢Non-verbal skills '¢Writing Skills Activity 3.4 Your Strengths '¢E-Mail Etiquette Activity 3.5 Your Strengths '¢Listening Skills Activity 3.6 Your Strengths '¢Body Language Activity 3.7 Your Strengths Communicating Your Strengths Activity 3.8 Summary of Education, Experience and Skills Money Management Skills '¢Your Credit Score '¢Your Personal Savings Plan Business Protocol '¢Business Dining Personal Appearance '¢Business Professional Dress Activity 3.9 Professional Dress Checklist '¢Business Casual Dress Activity 3.10 Business Casual Checklist '¢Grooming '¢Wellness Time and Stress Management '¢Time Management '¢Stress Management Activity 3.11 Managing Your Time Activity 3.12 Stress Checklist Chapter Summary Chapter Four CAREER PATHS OVERVIEW Job vs. Career Career Phases '¢Traditional ladders '¢Contemporary latticed paths Career Trends '¢Growing Fields '¢Home Based Careers '¢Diversity Careers Your Career Path Activity 4.1 Explore Career Paths in the Career Handbook Activity 4.2 Career Path Inventory Where the Jobs Are '¢Private Sector '¢Public Sector '¢International Sector '¢Portable careers Chapter Summary Chapter Five CAREER STRATEGIES FOR DIVERSE POPULATIONS New College Graduates Activity 5.1 Your Strengths Adult Students Entering the Workplace Activity 5.2 Your Strengths Older Workers Activity 5.3 Your Strengths Women Activity 5.4 Your Strengths Hispanics Activity 5.5 Your Strengths Chapter Summary Chapter Six YOUR CAREER PORTFOLIO Build Skills Employers Value '¢How Some Skills Are Used on the Job Identify Opportunities to Build Skills

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