Career Advising Library

Career Advising: An Academic Advisor's Guide

AUTHOR(S): Virginia N. Gordon
PUBLISHER: Jossey-Bass, 2006

Career Advising: An Academic Advisor's Guide
 

In today's highly competitive workplace, students must be prepared to respond to the challenges of a knowledge-based economy. While pursuing their academic careers, students need specific information about career possibilities in their prospective field, ideas for mounting a successful job search, an awareness of the dramatic changes occurring in the workplace, and knowledge of the skills needed to be marketable.

From Virginia N. Gordon--the co-editor of the acclaimed book Academic Advising--comes Career Advising, a resource for academic advisors to assist college students with the educational choices that will lead them to career-related decisions. This important book shows how academic advisors, as well as non-teaching advisors, are in ideal positions to help students understand the relationships between their academic and career choices, and the effect these decisions have on students' future personal and work lives.

Career Advising identifies and describes the knowledge and skills that are required to be an effective career advisor for students. Gordon describes the 3-I Process, which clarifies the three interactive phases--Inquire, Inform, and Integrate--that can help students identify and explore academic- and career-related possibilities and make critical decisions.

This handy resource leads advisors through the maze of career information sources as well as other important career-related resources and methods.


Essential Elements of Career Counseling (2nd Edition)

AUTHOR(S): Norman E. Amundson, JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey, and Spencer G. Niles
PUBLISHER: Prentice Hall, 2008

Essential Elements of Career Counseling (2nd Edition)
 

The second edition of this textbook focuses primarily on: the practice of career counseling by describing some of the basic techniques and resources that can be used to support the theories of career choice and development. The authors present information and a structure that is robust and, as such, can be widely applied. They also address some emerging issues such as Web-based counseling and provide case studies throughout the text. A belief in quality career counseling is at the forefront of this book, as well as the exploration of various myths and emerging trends. Career counseling is defined and the competencies that counselors need to pursue as part of their training agenda are outlined. As a supplement, the text includes the NCDA guidelines for competency standards and ethical guidelines as appendices at the back of the book.


From Average to Awesome: Lessons for Living an Extraordinary Life

AUTHOR(S): Jim Smith, Jr.
PUBLISHER: ASTD Press, 2008

From Average to Awesome: Lessons for Living an Extraordinary Life
 

From Average to Awesome: Lessons for Living an Extraordinary Life details the transformation process to passion, purpose and power! Candid, thought-provoking anecdotes and a powerful action plan, make From Average to Awesome a quick, yet emotional read. Author, Jim Smith, Jr., explains the effects of adverse situations and how personal experiences can transform anyone from average to awesome!

From Average to Awesome is much more than a rah-rah motivational self-help book. The 'no-pain, no gain' theory is brought to life as Smith describes the high hurdles he's cleared to get to awesome. From Average to Awesome features ways to get the junk out the trunk, strategies for dealing with pain, steps for becoming more disciplined, tips for thriving and surviving in corporate America, pointers for capturing and savoring special moments, ways to self-reward, and methods for connecting with all types of people.


Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change

AUTHOR(S): William Bridges
PUBLISHER: Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2009

Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change
 

The business world is transforming. Stories of layoffs, bankruptcy, mergers, and restructuring appear in the news every day. When these changes hit the workplace, the actual situational shifts are often not as difficult for employees and managers to work through as the psychological components that accompany them. Indeed, organizational transitions affect people; it is always people who have to embrace a new situation and carry out the corresponding change.

The job of managing workplace change can be difficult; managed poorly; the result can be disastrous to the morale and stability of the staff. As veteran business consultant William Bridges explains, successful organizational change takes place when employees have a clear purpose, a plan for, and a part to play in their changing surroundings. Directed at managers on all rungs of the proverbial corporate ladder, this expanded edition of the classic bestseller provides practical, step-by-step strategies for minimizing the disruptions caused by workplace change. It is an invaluable managerial tool for navigating these tumultuous, uncertain times.


Shop Class as Soulcraft: An inquiry into the value of work

AUTHOR(S): Matthew B. Crawford
PUBLISHER: Penguin, 2010

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An inquiry into the value of work
 

A philosopher/mechanic's wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one's hands.

Called "the sleeper hit of the publishing season" (The Boston Globe), Shop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor. On both economic and psychological grounds, author Matthew B. Crawford questions the educational imperative of turning everyone into a "knowledge worker," based on a misguided separation of thinking from doing. Using his own experience as an electrician and mechanic, Crawford presents a wonderfully articulated call for self-reliance and a moving reflection on how we can live concretely in an ever more abstract world.

 

The Career Counselor's Handbook (2nd Edition)

AUTHOR(S): Howard Figler & Richard Nelson Bolles
PUBLISHER: Ten Speed Press, 2007

The Career Counselor's Handbook (2nd Edition)
 

Having offered sound career-planning advice for the past thirty years to literally millions of job-hunters, two of the top career authorities in the world now offer their counsel and advice to their own peers. Having both authored newsletters for years, Bolles and Figler have been asked many times to expand their work and produce a book specifically for career counselors and career coaches. With The Career Counselor's Handbook, everyone in the field can profit from the experience and expertise of two whose work has helped shape their very profession. Speaking to the needs of beginning and experienced career counselors alike, the book promises to become the textbook in the field.

Topics include:

  • What career counseling is, how to set up a career counseling practice, understanding the client's motivation, and what tools to use
  • Discusses the history of ideas in this field since 1900, who invented these ideas, and what their present usefulness is
  • Addresses the problems a career counselor runs into, how to deal with those problems, and how to deal with your own need for motivation

The Handbook of Career Advising

AUTHOR(S): Kenneth F. Hughey, Dorothy Nelson, Joanne K. Damminger, Betsy McCalla-Wriggins
PUBLISHER: Wiley, John & Sons, Inc., 2009

The Handbook of Career Advising
 

"The Handbook of Career Advising not only provides a general introduction to this important academic advising function, but offers many practical applications that can help students make realistic and timely career decisions. As students face an ever-changing and complex workplace, helping them integrate their academic and career decisions has never been more important. This book is an excellent resource for advisors; it helps them become more cognizant of the critical role they play and will facilitate the development of the knowledge and competencies required to perform this important advising task."


The Journal of Business Inquiry

AUTHOR(S): UVU School of Business
PUBLISHER: UVU

The Journal of Business Inquiry
 

Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses and Communities Can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline

AUTHOR(S): Edward E. Gordon
PUBLISHER: Berrett-Koehler Publ Inc, 2009

Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses and Communities Can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline
 

There’s a growing consensus that the current job development system both in the US and overseas—is badly broken. Too many people can’t find good jobs. Too many businesses can’t find qualified people. What’s behind the deep talent shortages that now confront the United States and much of the world? And how can we rebuild the pipeline?


A Practical Guide to Needs Assessment (2nd Edition)

AUTHOR(S): Kavita Gupta; updated and expanded by Catherine M. Sleezer and Darlene F. Russ-Eft
PUBLISHER: Pfeiffer, 2007

A Practical Guide to Needs Assessment (2nd Edition)
 

"This thoroughly revised edition of the best-selling resource A Practical Guide to Needs Assessment offers a practical and comprehensive guide for practitioners who are responsible for -Introducing a training program

  • Creating adult education programs
  • Assessing the development needs of a workforce
  • Improving individual, group, organization or inter-organizational performance in the workplace
  • Implementing community, national, or international development interventions

Designed as a resource for practitioners, this book is filled with how-to information, tips, and case studies. It shows how to use data-based needs assessments to frame people-related problems and performance, improvement opportunities to obtain support from those who are affected by the changes, make effective decision, and increase efficiency.