Life and Career Skills, 1st Edition

  • 4 Volume Set
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  • ISBN-10: 141031765X
  • ISBN-13: 9781410317650
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1500 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released September 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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This series is designed for public library patrons and high school students who are developing the skills needed to transition successfully in the real world – whether in the context of college, the workplace, or their personal lives. In a progressive series of volumes, the first four volumes of the Life And Career Skills Series treat the following themes:

Volume 1: Personal Finance – Budgeting, credit cards, student loans, saving, interest, stocks, Social Security, retirement planning, taxes, renting v. buying a home, mortgages, insurance.

Volume 2: Employment – Educational opportunities, getting a job, interviewing, sources for finding work, career development, second/third careers.

Volume 3: Health And Wellness – Principles of good nutrition, exercise, mental health, medical insurance.

Volume 4: Social Skills – Social skills in personal (e.g. communication skills) and professional contexts (e.g. time management, dealing with ambiguity, self-direction).

Written in an engaging question and answer style, each volume covers 50 topics with overviews and scenarios to help public library patrons and students work through the real-life application of the principles covered. Each volume includes an extensive resource section listing organizations, support groups, websites, and more.

Features and Benefits

  • Easy-to-read, friendly text.
  • Engaging Q&A style.
  • Fully illustrated.
  • List of sources, both print and electronic, for further research.
  • List of organizations and associations pertinent to the volume's topic.
  • Fully indexed.

Alternate Formats

  • Paperback Edition

    ISBN-10: 1410317609 | ISBN-13: 9781410317605


“The Life and Career Skills series covers many topics with the aim of clearly conveying sound information regarding basic aspects of adult life. The four volumes are designed to offer the most up-to-date, pertinent information in a logical and engaging way.”

— American Reference Books Annual

Table of Contents

Overview: Personal Decision-Making and Shopping.
Section 1: Common Concerns.
Paying Bills.
Buying or Leasing a Car.
Buying or Renting Home or Apartment.
Section 2: How to Pay for Everyday Purchases.
Cash, Bank Accounts, Debit Cards.
Credit and Charge Accounts.
Alternate Forms of Currency - Money Orders, Cashier's and Travelers' Checks.
Gift Cards and Gift Certificates.
Overview: Why People Go into Debt.
Section 1: Types of Loans.
Line of Credit.
Personal and Business Loans.
Student Loan.
Car Loan.
Home Loan/Home Equity Loan.
Payday Loan / Cash Advance.
Debt Consolidation Loan.
Section 2: Lenders.
Credit Unions.
Savings & Loans.
Finance Companies.
Cash Advance Stores.
Section 3: Too Much Debt.
Credit Counseling.
Credit Bureau.
Garnished Wages.
Overview: Saving and Investing Money.
Section 1: Reasons for Saving and Investing.
Financial Planning.
Saving for College.
Retirement Planning.
Section 2: Types of Investment and Savings Options.
Certificates of Deposit, Savings Accounts, Money Markets.
Stocks, Bonds, and Other Securities.
Capital Gains and Losses.
Overview: Insurance and Government Protection.
Section 1: Types of Insurance.
Home Insurance.
Renters Insurance.
Car and Motorcycle Insurance.
Health and Medical Insurance.
Dental and Vision Insurance.
Disability Insurance.
Life Insurance.
Section 2: Government Insurance and Protection Programs.
Medicare and Medicaid.
Food Stamps, Bridge Cards, Temporary Assistance.
Social Security.
Worker's Compensation.
Consumer Credit Protection Act.
Consumer Bill of Rights.
Usury Laws.
Overview: Taking Action on Your Job Search.
Section 1: Common Concerns.
Entering the Workforce for the first time.
Re-entering the Workforce.
Identifying High Growth Opportunities.
Getting Organized and Setting Goals.
Section 2: Sources for Employment Information / Where to Look for Postings.
Company's Internal Postings and External Websites.
Internet Job Boards.
Job Fairs.
Professional Networking.
College Career Centers and Local Libraries.
Section 3: Developing Experience.
Entry-Level Jobs.
Temporary Jobs.
Internships and Apprenticeships.
Military Training.
Mentoring / Career Coaching Opportunities.
Overview: Identifying and Targeting New Opportunities.
Section 1: Self-Assessments/Skills Identification.
Aptitude Tests.
Personality Tests.
Skills Audits/Inventories.
Transferable Skills.
Section 2: Education and Training.
General vs. Specialized.
Identifying and Selecting Programs.
Vocational Technical Training.
Certifications and Licensure.
Internal Training Opportunities.
Online Learning Opportunities.
Overview: Getting A Job.
Section 1: Applying.
Job Applications.
Writing an Effective Resume and Cover Letter.
Pre-Employment Background Screenings.
Requesting a Recommendation or Referral.
Section 2: Interviewing.
Job Interviews.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Preparation, Body Language, Proper Attire.
Section 3: Negotiating.
Job Offer.
Salary and Other Considerations.
Managing Multiple Job Offers.
Overview: Keeping A Job or Knowing When It's Time to Move On.
Section 1: Useful Job Skills.
How to Deal with a Difficult Boss or Colleague.
Stress Management.
Change/Innovation Management.
Maintaining and Refreshing Essential Skills.
Workplace Etiquette.
Section 2: Career Advancement.
Assessing Your Company and Your Role Within It.
Determining a Career Development Plan.
Overcoming Internal Obstacles.
Section 3: Leaving a Job.
Managing Your Professional Online Presence.
Preparing for Job / Career Transition.
Leaving a Job the Right Way.
Overview: Nutrition, Exercise and Personal Care and Hygiene.
Section 1: Common Concerns.
Healthy Eating.
Food, Weight, and Body Shape.
Food Allergies and Intolerances.
Section 2: Healthy Routines: Physical Fitness and Exercise.
Body and Mind Connection.
Choosing a Physical Activity.
Establishing and Maintaining a Fitness Routine.
Section 3: Personal Care and Hygiene.
Basic Hygiene Habits.
Basic Grooming Habits.
Clothing, Bedding, Towels and Personal Items.
Healthy Habits When Away from Home (i.e., traveling, at work, etc.).
Overview: Preventive Health Care; Medications; Alternative Medicine.
Being Proactive: Illness Prevention, Injury Prevention, Preventive Medicine.
Regular Check-ups and Doctor's Visits.
Chronic Conditions.
First Aid Basics.
Section 2: Medications and Supplements.
Types of Medications: Prescription vs. OTC.
How to Read Labels and Drug and Medication Information Sheets.
Vitamins, Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies.
Safe and Effective Use of Medications and Supplements.
Section 3: Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Homeopathy & Naturopathy (Western Natural Healing Practices).
Traditional Chinese and Indian Medicines.
Meditation, Biofeedback and Other Mind-Body Techniques.
Diet, Herbal Medicines and other Similar Therapies.
Chiropractic, Massage and Other Manipulative and Body-Based Therapies.
Magnetic, Reiki and Other Energy Therapies.
Overview: Health Care System.
Section 1: U.S. Government Health Programs.
Affordable Care Act.
Medicare / Medicaid.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) / State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Veterans Health Administration / Military Health System; TRICARE.
Indian Health Service.
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
Prescription Assistance (SPAP).
Section 2: Private Health Coverage.
Consumer-driven Health Care.
Managed Care / Coordinated Care Plans.
Employer-sponsored Plans.
Non-medical Health Insurance.
Supplemental Coverage.
Overview: Personal Identity; Mental Health; and Behavior.
Section 1: Self Concept / Self Esteem / Behaviors / Habits.
Self-perception - how do you think about yourself?
Self-esteem - how do you feel about yourself?
Influencing factors.
Behaviors and Habits.
Section 2: Mental Health / Mental Illness.
Mental Health's Impact on Physical and Social Health.
Common Mental/Psychological Illnesses and Disorders.
Mental Health Therapies and Treatment Options.
Dealing with Stress.
Overview: Interpersonal Communication Skills.
Section 1: Verbal / Spoken.
Consider language, tone, pitch and audience.
Face-to-face conversations.
Telephone or remote web conference.
Via other media - such as, radio, television, podcasts, etc.
Section 2: Nonverbal.
Why does nonverbal communication matter?
Active/Reflective Listening.
Body Language.
Projecting and interpreting nonverbal cues and signals.
How do emotions and stress impact nonverbal communication?
Section 3: Written and Visualizations.
Know Your Audience.
Personal vs. professional memos, letters, texts and emails.
Professional writing for books, magazines, etc.
Postings on Social Networks (i.e., Twitter, FaceBook, etc.)
Overview: Organization, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making, and Conflict Resolution Skills.
Section 1: Getting organized/Project Management Skills.
Planning and time management.
Methods and plans.
Scheduling and coordinating resources.
Setting and meeting deadlines.
Section 2: Problem Solving and Decision-Making Skills.
How are problem-solving and decision-making related?
What are the basic steps involved?
What are some of the techniques to identify possible options / solutions to a problem?
How can complex problems and decisions differ from simple ones?
Section 3: Conflict Resolution Skills.
How and why does conflict occur?
Tips/techniques for managing and resolving conflict.
Mediating Conflict Among Others.
Regulating Stress and Emotions.
Overview: Entering the Workplace: Professional Ethics, Etiquette and Conduct.
Section 1: Professional Ethics.
Fundamental Workplace Ethics - What Are They?
Employer’s Ethics Policy and Code of Conduct.
Examples of Employee Misconduct or Unethical Behavior.
Reporting Misconduct.
Section 2: Workplace Etiquette and Conduct.
Making First Impressions.
Proper Meeting Etiquette.
Professional Attire and Workspace Appearance.
Basics of International Business Etiquette.
Overview: Teamwork, Collaboration and Leadership Skills.
Section 1: Teamwork Skills and Developing Healthy Team Dynamics.
Identify your own strengths and weaknesses.
Recognize/appreciate the diversity among your team and/or working group members.
Understanding Team Culture.
Overcoming Obstacles and Conflicts.
Section 2: Negotiation Skills.
Formal negotiations.
Informal negotiations.
How are persuading, influencing and negotiation skills related?
The Art of Compromise.
Section 3: Leadership Skills.
What makes a good leader? What makes a bad leader?
How do you become a leader?
Different Situations and Personalities May Call for Different Leadership Styles.