Higher Education

Creating Career Success: A Flexible Plan for the World of Work, 1st Edition

  • Francine Fabricant
  • Jennifer Miller Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Debra Stark Ramapo College
  • ISBN-10: 1133313906  |  ISBN-13: 9781133313908
  • 336 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
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Today's workplace is a dynamic, ever-changing environment. Job security is a thing of the past, layoffs are common, and people change jobs and careers frequently. Students need to be prepared to adapt to the unexpected twists and turns they may face. CREATING CAREER SUCCESS helps students develop a self-directed, proactive, flexible plan to launch and manage their careers over the years to come, using the latest technological resources and job search strategies. Through a process of self-assessment, career exploration, and self-promotion students discover how to connect their skills, interests and values to a variety of possible careers, build relationships, and present themselves in the best possible light to potential employers. Most importantly, students are encouraged to keep their minds and options open, and to engage themselves fully in the career development process.

Features and Benefits

  • Organized in a question and answer format, the CAREER PROFILE feature highlights success stories of real people in the workplace and their employers, coworkers, or mentors. Readers will be prompted to think critically about skills, values, and strategies they can apply to their own career development.
  • CASE STUDIES highlight common career development challenges students may encounter. The complete package of sample job search tools in Chapter 8 corresponds with the case study students highlighted in each chapter. This unique approach allows readers to see targeted resumes, cover letters, thank-you notes and other job search tools for each case study student.
  • The CAREER JOURNAL encourages readers to react to and personalize the chapter content to their own lives.
  • The EMBRACING DIFFERENCES feature will help students learn about how the workplace is becoming more diverse and the importance for individuals to work together, find common themes, and manage differences effectively.
  • The WORK WITH AWARENESS feature will help students connect their values with their career and learn strategies to apply socially aware concepts into their career plan.
  • As technology continues to evolve, the way we work changes. In the TECH SAVVY feature, readers will learn ways to use technology to find information and promote their personal brand.
  • The YOUR FLEXIBLE PLAN end-of-chapter feature presents a Plan of Analysis or Plan of Action to assist students with short-term decision-making and to serve as a reference tool for the future.

Table of Contents

1. Prepare.
Where Should I Start? Prepare for the World of Work. What is Career Development? Create a Career Portfolio. Campus and Community Resources.
2. Skills.
What have you done? Skills for Career Success. Assess Your Skills. Evidence of Skills.
3. Preferences.
You Know What You Like. Patterns of Interests: The Holland Codes. Explore Your Preferences: Psychological Type. Applying Type in Everyday Life.
4. Values.
That Motivates Me. Values and Your Career. Building Your Reputation. A Life Worth Living
5. Explore.
Connect to the World of Work. Four Steps to Conduct Career Research. Expand Your Options. Education, Majors, and Careers. Real-World Career Exploration.
6. Relationships.
Real Relationships. Types of Social Network Structures. Expand Your Social Network. Six Steps to Informational Interviewing. Networking for Internships.
7. Decision-Making.
What Decisions Are Next? Improve Your Decision-Making Skills. Create Opportunity from Unexpected Events.
Choose a Major, Further Education, or Training. From Decisions to Action
8. Tools.
Job Search Tools & Your Career Development. Build Your Brand. Resumes for The Real World. Just Say It! Action Verbs. Prepare Winning Cover Letters. Additional Job Search Tools.
9. Launch.
Conduct A Successful Job Search. A New Beginning: Resources for Career Change and Re-entry. Networking for Job Opportunities. Strategies for Successful Interviewing. Professional Attire & Your Job Search. Evaluating Next Steps and Negotiating
10. Career Management.
Professionalism in the Workplace. Succeeding With Mentors. Financial Planning Basics. The Life You Want Now … and In the Future.

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"This text addresses the current need for students to take responsibility, be flexible and adaptable, and be engaged in every step of their career."

— James Rubin, Paradise Valley Community College

"I LOVE the details that you have written in the cover letters and resumes. I really like the idea that you included several examples that would cover the wide range of students (ages 16-61) that I have in my classes. In the past, I have always shown them an example of my CV so they would know what one looks like. You have provided that in the text. This is an excellent, well done chapter. BRAVO!"

— Victoria Basnett, St. Johns River State College

"I like the career profiles with the question and answer format. What really makes this stand-out is the feedback that is included from the employers."

— Victoria Basnett, St. Johns River State College

"These real world snapshots of employee and employer are indispensable. Outstanding!"

— Doris Haugen, Judson University

"My favorite feature is the Journaling Exercise. It teaches students how to creatively write and view their lives and allows them to think outside the box which often leads to new career discoveries! In my experience, students often keep journals even when they are done with the class. Some have obtained jobs through journaling."

— Pam Zuckerman, Fashion Institute of Technology

"Students have heard much on globalization but for many, it is just another word. What is contained in the chapters I read reveals applicable information that discusses pertinent issues of diversity and its place in the larger world of work."

— Jeanne Kempiak, College of DuPage

"Wow, this is everything we want in a text and more!... I think the areas on self-assessment are really great because this shows students they need to get to know themselves before knowing how to proceed professionally."

— Kara Becker, LIM College


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Francine Fabricant

Francine Fabricant, MA, EdM is a career counselor in private practice with over 12 years experience. She is a Lecturer at Hofstra University Continuing Education and an Adjunct Instructor at NYIT Extended Education. She also served as a career counselor at the Columbia University Center for Career Education and as a career counselor and part-time faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). She is a frequent speaker on career topics, and has developed numerous local and community-based career and job search programs. Her community-based workshops have been profiled in The New York Times. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, as well as a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology and a Master of Education in Psychological Counseling, both from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Master Career Counselor (MCC), and a Board Certified Coach (BCC). Before entering the field of career development, she held positions in magazine editorial, public relations, and marketing.

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller, MBA, MSED is an Associate Professor and Counselor in the Career and Internship Center at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) with over 11 years of experience in Career Counseling focusing on the fashion and related industries. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about sustainability and social media. In addition to counseling she taught Career Planning for several years and is currently teaching an internship course on Career Exploration. She is very active on her campus serving on numerous faculty, union and college-wide committees. She has been on the Executive Board of MNYCCPOA a New York area college career counselors organization for the past five years serving as Treasurer, Second Vice President and is currently the Historian. In addition, she is an active member of numerous career counseling focused professional organizations. Prior to working in career development she was the Director of Student Services at the French Culinary Institute in New York City for four years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York and she has two masters degrees; one in Guidance and Counseling from Hunter College in New York City, and one in Business Administration from Binghamton University.

Debra Stark

Debra J. Stark, MA, is the Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Alumni Career Advisor at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she has worked since 1996. In this role she advises both students and alumni, maintains the order and collection development of the Career Resource Center, administers and creates career development instruction modules for First Year students, teaches the upper level Career Achievement Program, and oversees the center's career management system. Debra has made significant contributions through service on several college-wide committees including the Middle States Steering Committee. Debra has presented nationally and internationally for student and professional audiences on a variety of career topics. She is also an adjunct professor in the School of American and International Studies. . Prior to her work with the Career Center, she was the Freshman Advisement and Registration Program Coordinator, packaging incoming freshman based on NJ Basic Skills Test results, assisting students in course selection, and evaluating and inputting transfer credits. Her experience outside of higher education includes international business, customer relations, and corporate training and development. Debra is associated with the following relevant associations: Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, Metropolitan New York College Placement Officers Association, NJ Association of Colleges and Employers, Career Resource Managers Association, NY Association of Psychological Type, and the Middle Atlantic Career Counselor Association.