Using an engaging adventurer theme, "Career Trek" emphasizes ways to transform one s education investment into career success. This book covers essential career management topics such as self-awareness, networking, and resume writing, and goes beyond to discuss the importance of person-job fit and long-term career management strategies. Summaries and hands-on activities accompany each chapter and help readers uncover their own passions and skills. The book s tone is practical and engaging and its points are amplified by the references to "Into Thin Air, "by Jon Krakauer. Career Exploration or Career Development"
- Hardback | 171 pages
- 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
- 11 May 2007
- Prentice Hall (Higher Education Division, Pearson Education)
- Prentice Hall
- New Jersey, United States
- Illustrations, unspecified
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"Career Trek" is a practically-oriented textbook that speaks to students about the importance of finding career paths that match student passion and skills. The text takes students beyond their Bachelor s degree showing them how to leverage that degree and achieve successful careers. Unlike most career texts that address only landing a job, "Career Trek" offers three chapters that help students to shine in their first year of employment and deal with challenging career issues while developing professionally. Also unique is the chapter on graduate programs and entrepreneurial career paths. Nielson writes in an informal, engaging style that will capture students interest and maintain it as they pursue their career. He employs Jon Krakauer s account of ascending Mount Everest in "Into Thin Air" as the theme for "Career Trek" helping students to understand the challenges and thrills of their career journey. Exciting features include: Trek Tasks hands-on exercises found in each chapter to help students along the journey Treklists chapter ending summaries provide essential take away points Reaching the Summit an entire section devoted to key issues after obtaining the job For instructors and students alike, we encourage you to visit our Student Success Supersite. This valuable resource is at www.prenhall.com/success. "
Table of contents
INTRODUCTION SECTION I: TREK OVERVIEW 1. Finding Your Fit, Passion, and Smile 2. Destination: A Successful Career SECTION II: BASE CAMP 3. Who Are You? Career Aspirations and Preferences 4. What is in Your Pack? Talents, Skills, and Traits 5. Your Passport: Resume and Cover Letter 6. Who Is In Your Traveling Party? Networking 7. Researching the Corporate Terrain 8. Custom Routes: Entrepreneurial Endeavors and Graduate Glory SECTION III: ASCENDING THE MOUNTAIN 9. Preparing for and Conducting an Effective Job Search 10. Preparing for the Interview 11. Shining in the Interview 12. Following Up the Interview: Negotiating and Evaluating Job Offers SECTION IV: REACHING THE SUMMIT 13. Rules for Career Success 14. Career Decisions 15. Mentoring and Professional Development Index.
" I like the Trek Tasks exercises because they force students to look at who they are. Many times students are afraid to be themselves because of disappointing their parents or others. They can fail to meet their own potential because they have not looked at who they are. This exercise can be the beginning of that journey." --Edison Wells, College of DuPage " "Career Trek" is a much more informal approach than many texts that I have seen, but the author brings it into a personal encounter-- showing the reader that this is a real adventure with a successful ending. Although job changes come there is a progression and procedure to follow to make the next one even more successful and fulfilling." --Patricia Locks, Howard Payne University
Troy Nielson (Ph.D., University of Utah) is the Department Chair of Business Management at Utah Valley State College (soon to be Utah Valley University). He has also been on the business faculties at both California State University San Marcos and Brigham Young University. Prior to his academic career, he worked with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He has done human resource and organizational development consulting for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, most recently for Proflowers.com. Troy has coached hundreds of students to more effectively manage their professional careers. His research interests include mentoring, career development, work-life balance, and leadership. Troy R. Nielson, Ph.D. School of Business Utah Valley State College 800 West University Parkway, MS 119 Orem, Utah 84058-5999 firstname.lastname@example.org 801.863.8235 (office) n 801.863.7218 (fax)"