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The Career Adventure: Your Guide to Personal Assessment, Career Exploration, and Decision Makingby Susan M. Johnston
Synopses & Reviews
Focused solidly on “doing” rather than on “explaining,” this book gets right to the heart of career decision making: It will 1) walk you through the process of self-knowledge and self-discovery, 2) encourage you to believe in yourself and in your own ability to influence outcomes and achieve career goals, and 3) guide you in working with various job/career-search and development tools. This edition offers expanded use of electronic and internet resources, an update of Maslow’s Hierarchy, and a new perspective on decision-making, as well as covers the topics of self-assessment, exploring the world of work, and organizing the job search. Comprehensive appendices offer sample resumes and cover letters, as well as other job search resources. An excellent and valuable guide for all those involved in a job search or a career change.
The Career Adventure captures the excitement of career planning in a step-by-step process of self-assessment and decision making. The text encourages students to be autonomous and use self-exploration as a means to success.
This edition offers an expanded use of electronic and Internet resources, an update of Maslow's hierarchy, and exercises that relate all facets of the job search to students' larger career goals.
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About the Author
With approximately 20 years of experience in career development and counseling, Susan M. Johnston has had the opportunity to work closely with hundreds of students and clients who have chosen to take on the challenge of career planning. As an instructor in career planning and a private practice career advisor, she has guided individuals through the process of self-assessment, career exploration, and decison making to achieve their career goals. Prior to her classroom and private practice experience, she held positions at Sinclair Community College in the area of Cooperative Education and with the Career Planning and Placement Center. In addition to her teaching and counseling services, she is currently providing career planning consulting services to secondary schools seeking to update and implement career development programs.
Susan graduated summa cum laude from Wright State University with a B.A. in Communications and holds an M.S.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Dayton. In past positions, she has been on assignment with the State Department in India for the U.S. Information Agency, and prior to her experience as an educator, she was a contract negotiator for th U.S. Air Force. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association, the National Career Development Association, and the Ohio Counseling Association. She has also written a number of articles and presented workshops in the areas of career planning and balancing roles.
Currently, Susan is pursuing a doctoral degree in Workforce Development at The Ohio State University.
Susan is a pacifist whose oldest son, Charles, is a second lieutenant in the United State Marine Corps of whom she is insufferably proud. Susan's middle son, Mitch, is an honors student majoring in international business and Italian at The Ohio State University. Her youngest son, Russ, applies his 6'3", 250-pound frame to the offensive line on his high school football team.
Table of Contents
I. SELF-ASSESSMENT: LEARNING ABOUT YOURSELF.
1. Creating Your Dream.
2. Discovering Yourself: Motivations, Life Stages, and Values.
3. Continuing Your Self-Discovery: Skills, Personality, and Interests.
II. CAREER EXPLORATION: LEARNING ABOUT THE WORLD OF WORK.
4. Exploring the World of Work.
5. Networking: Establishing Contacts and Support.
6. Decision Making and Goal Setting.
III. THE JOB CAMPAIGN: ORGANIZING YOUR SEARCH.
7. Designing Your Resume and Cover Letters.
8. Interviewing with Confidence.
9. Developing Job Leads.
10. Continuing Your Adventure.
Appendix A: Department of Labor Samples.
Appendix B: Sample Resumes and Cover Letters.
Appendix C: Additional Resources.
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