Turning Points

Turning Points : Your Career Decision-Making Guide

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For undergraduate courses in Career Planning and Decision-Making.Helping students take charge of their professional future, this action-oriented handbook covers what every college student needs to know about making career choices, searching for suitable internships and jobs, and succeeding in the workplace of the 21st century. Putting numerous activities for self-assessment and research at the heart of the text, it builds upon a sound theoretical framework that focuses on three major areas: 1) searching for information (exploration); 2) setting your career direction (decision-making) and; 3) making your work experience count (success in the workplace).
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  • Paperback | 353 pages
  • 210.6 x 275.6 x 18.5mm | 725.76g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0130421901
  • 9780130421906

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"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: Coverage of Holland, Campbell, and Myers-Briggs self-assessment toolsUse of the four-step ASAP (Ask-Search-Analyze-Plan) research method for gathering informationA decision-making style that combines "listening to your heart" and "using your head"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: O'Net basic skills and a unique 88-item portable skills self-testA completely revised chapter with effective strategies for professional development during internships, college jobs, and extracurricular activitiesAn updated chapter that shares experts' tips for managing your career during a time of rapid technological changeExpanded coverage of electronic resumes, online job banks, and other job/internship search toolsNew and restructured activities designed to help readers use and evacuate career-related Web sitesA section on implementing career decisions, accompanied by a related hands-on activity Visit our Student Success Supersite at www.prenhall.com/success
Features include: Majors ExplorationCareer AdviceWeb LinksTips from Successful StudentsStudent Bulletin BoardsFaculty Resources
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Table of contents

I. SEARCH FOR INFORMATION. 1. Exploring Your Career Options Step by Step. 2. Identifying Your Values and Personality Type. 3. Identifying Your Interests and Skills. 4. Gathering Information about Careers. 5. Gathering Information about Four-Year Colleges and Graduate Schools. II. SET YOUR OWN DIRECTION. 6. Making Choices. 7. Selecting a Major. 8. Finding a Place to Advance Your Career. 9. Finding a Job. 10. Making a Job Choice. III. MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE COUNT. 11. How to Take Charge of Your Career. 12. How to Learn from Internships, College Jobs, and Extracurricular Activities. 13. How to Develop Your Career Network. 14. Reflections. MAJOR ACTIVITIES. Taking Stock of Your Situation. Accessing College Career Services on the Internet. The Career Browser. Your Work Values and Success. Who Am I? How Do Others See Me? Your Portable Skills Profile. Life Accomplishments. Career Comparison. College Comparison. College Information Interview. Assessing Your Need for Further Education. Making a Balanced Decision. Planning Your Next Step. College Major Profile. Industry Profile. Starting Your Own Business. Your Resume. Organization Profile. Interview Preparation. Career Advice On-Line. Lessons of Experience. Understanding Your Boss's Style. A Career Development Plan Worksheet. Career Information Interview. Summary Essay.
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About Diane Ducat

Diane Ducat is a psychologist who has worked with college students for more than 25 years. Dr. Ducat is a professor at LaGuardia Community College in New York City, where she was a counselor before joining the faculty of LaGuardia's nationally acclaimed internship program. Dr. Ducat has taught graduate courses in career counseling and has investigated managerial careers as a member of several interdisciplinary research teams. Her consulting activities center on executive coaching. She holds a master's degree in counselor education from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Columbia University.
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