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Taking Charge of Your Career Direction: Career Planning Guide, Book 1 5th Edition

Robert D. Lock

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2000, 1996, 1988
  • 512 Pages


Long described by users as the most complete, motivating, and logical career-planning book on the market, the Fifth Edition of TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR CAREER DIRECTION continues to provide a straightforward introduction to the concepts of career choices and the importance of planning. It emphasizes the importance of self-exploration by empowering readers to look at themselves, their strengths and weaknesses, and their background and values, and then realistically evaluate the various opportunities in the world of work.

Robert D. Lock, Jackson Community College

M.S., Michigan State
1. Introduction to Career Planning.
2. The Changing World of Work.
3. Your Preferences in the World of Work.
4. Gathering Information About Your Occupational Prospects.
5. Motivation and Achievement.
6. Abilities: Skills and Aptitudes.
7. Cultural, Personal, and Work Values.
8. Focusing on Your Career Decision.
9. Making Career Decisions: Putting it All Together.
10. Reality Testing Your Career Choice.
Appendix A: Implementing Your Career Decision: The Job Search.
Appendix B: Occupational Cluster Survey (Detailed) for the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Appendix C: The National Occupational Classification (NOC) of Canada.
Appendix D: Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT).
Appendix E: O*Net Search for Occupations (Exercise 4-3 in Chapter 4).
Appendix F: GOE Group Checklist.
Appendix G: Origami: An Achievement Motivation Game.
Appendix H: O*Net Skills, Abilities, and Knowledges.
Appendix I: Worksheets for Occupational Information.
Exercise A-1: The Two-Minute Spiel (Role-Play).

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  • ISBN-10: 1133336663
  • ISBN-13: 9781133336662
  • STARTING AT $17.49

  • ISBN-10: 0534574262
  • ISBN-13: 9780534574260
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $123.00
  • RETAIL $163.95

"This manuscript presents a strong stepwise progression through an explicit career planning process -- through current and changing trends in the world of work, occupational exploration and information gathering strategies, career-related self study methods, goal setting and decision-making processes, and reality testing and evaluation approaches. It contains a wealth of useful tools, exercises, resources, and information summaries presented in a clear, engaging, and coherent fashion."

"I think the manuscript is unique in the specific topics it covers, and it covers them very well. There are various texts and workbooks on career development, but none that do as good a job. Two major strengths of the manuscript are that it is totally up to date, and the exercises make it a participative book rather than just another textbook. It is well-written, thorough, and engaging."

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Instructor's Manual with Test Bank

ISBN: 9780534574284
The Instructor's Manual with Test Bank, which is available electronically via e-mail, includes learning objectives, class exercises and activities, and multiple-choice questions.