Career Development and Planning: A Comprehensive Approach

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Brooks/Cole, 2000 - Business & Economics - 379 pages
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This text integrates theoretical material and provides a practical slant. The many discussions and exercises enable readers to explore their own career issues in order to learn practical approaches to career planning. The authors cover basic career concepts and decision making; social conditions affecting career development such as the global economy and organizational culture; and practical information on implementing a strategic career plan. Many books in this area provide an extensive survey of various theoretical approaches to career planning/development. However, this text constitutes a systematically designed course based on the cognitive information processing model of career problem solving and decision making. This model provides a practical and realistic vehicle to inform students about career planning and management interventions and to accommodate students at different levels of decidedness about their career aspirations.

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Dr. Reardon has held full-time counseling and teaching positions at FSU since 1966, when he was first employed as a counselor in the Counseling Center. As a faculty member in the Division of Student Affairs, his current position is Director of Instruction, Research, and Evaluation in the Career Center; Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems; and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development. He is also the Coordinator of the Career Specialization in the Psychological Studies in Education Program in the College of Education. He has co-authored several books, including Career Counseling and Services: A Cognitive Information Processing Approach (2004; with Janet Lenz, Jim Sampson, and Gary Peterson; Wadsworth Publishing). Dr. Reardon has published more than 85 articles in professional journals, focusing on the research and development of innovative career interventions for college students and adults, and featuring the use of educational and occupational information. In 2003 he received the Eminent Career Award from the National Career Development Association.

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