Career Development and Planning: A Comprehensive Approach

Author(s): Robert Reardon, Janet Lenz, Gary W Peterson, James Sampson

Edition: 7

Copyright: 2022

Pages: 324


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Career Development and Planning: A Comprehensive Approach provides content from cognitive psychology, sociology, and economics that can be used to solve career problems and make career decisions. Career Development and Planning is an inclusive, integrated system of career learning activities intended to improve instruction and enhance learning outcomes.  Career Development and Planning features three knowledge domains: cognitive and social foundations, the occupational world and work behavior, and career choice and development in individuals and organizations.

Career Development and Planning includes theoretical work in cognitive psychology and relevant knowledge from the applied behavioral sciences:

  • Part I focuses on the theory base in cognitive information processing, with detailed, practical examples of the application of the theory in typical career situations, including self-knowledge, occupational knowledge, and decision making.
  • Part II provides a multidisciplinary overlay of issues that affect career decisions, such as economic trends, organizational culture, new work styles, and dual careers.
  • Part III focuses on concrete steps for executing a strategic career plan and seeking employment, including an examination of familiar topics such as interviewing, resume writing, negotiating, and work adjustment, from a cognitive and multidisciplinary perspective.

Career Development and Planning: A Comprehensive Approach can be re-ordered, appended with your content, and customized to fit any existing course structure! In addition, the text also comes with a comprehensive instructor manual that includes activities related to course content and PowerPoint© presentations for each chapter.


APA Guidelines

In addition to meeting general education requirements, this text fulfills five criteria cited by the American Psychological Association. The text embraces and builds upon the following APA professional development guidelines for the undergraduate psychology major:

“Apply psychological content and skills to career goals” (APA 2016)

  • The text focuses on the topic of self-knowledge and helps students apply this information to career decision-making. Students assess and evaluate their Values, Interests, and Skills, providing them with vital information for career planning. Utilizing cognitive information processing theory and Holland’s RIASEC theory, students learn about self-knowledge for educational and career planning.

“Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation” (APA 2016)

  • The text provides valuable information from cognitive psychology to aid students in making proactive, self-directed decisions about their futures. It presents a five-phase career decision-making model and explains how one’s metacognitions can be changed to enhance decision-making effectiveness.

“Refine project-management skills” (APA 2016)

  • The text guides students through concrete, measureable steps for meeting their career goals, providing them with an understanding of how to break down complex tasks into smaller, manageable actions. It features a conceptual framework based on theory and research, the CASVE Cycle, which empowers students with a schema for executing educational, occupational, or employment plans.

“Enhance teamwork capacity” (APA 2016)

  • The text explains how individual careers may unfold in the context of organizational behavior; the global economy; new ways of working; and the relationships among supervisors, co-workers, and family members. The text prompts readers to network in their communities and draw upon the knowledge of others as mentors and advisors.

“Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation” (APA 2016)

  • All aspects of the text are written to help students develop professional goals and maximize opportunities for discovering and executing post-graduation plans. Through the presentation of resources and strategies that help students explore their interests and options, the text gives them the tools to pursue meaningful careers in further education, employment, or community engagement.

(American Psychological Association. (2016). Guidelines for the undergraduate psychology major: Version 2.0. American Psychologist, 71, 102-111.)


Part One: Career Concepts and Applications

Chapter 1 Introduction to Career Planning

Chapter 2 Knowing about Myself

Chapter 3 Knowing about My Options

Chapter 4 Career Decision-Making

Chapter 5 Thinking about My Career Decisions

Part Two: Social Conditions Affecting Career Development

Chapter 6 Careering in a Changing World

Chapter 7 Working in the Global Economy

Chapter 8 Organizational Culture and Effective Work

Chapter 9 Alternative Ways to Work

Chapter 10 Career and Family Roles

Part Three: Implementing a Strategic Career Plan

Chapter 11 Launching an Employment Campaign

Chapter 12 Written Communications in Job Hunting

Chapter 13 Interpersonal Communications in Job Hunting

Chapter 14 Negotiating and Evaluating Job Offers

Chapter 15 The First Job and Early Career Moves

Appendix A Glossary

Appendix B Chapter Study Guide (CSG)

Appendix C A Guide to Writing Your Autobiography

Appendix D RIASEC Hexagon

Appendix E Career Field Analysis (CFA)

Appendix F Guide to Good Decision-Making (GGDM)

Appendix G Instructions for Completing Your Individual Action Plan (IAP)

Appendix H Exercise for Improving Your Career Thoughts

Appendix I Information Interviews Assignment

Appendix J Strategic Academic/Career Planning Paper

Appendix K Resume Critique Worksheet

Appendix L Employment Decision-Making Case Study

Appendix M Computer/Website System Feedback Forms

Subject/Author Indexes

Robert Reardon

Dr. Reardon held full-time counseling and teaching positions at FSU from 1966-2007. He was first employed as a counselor in the Counseling Center. As a professor emeritus, he remains a Senior Research Associate in the FSU Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development (Tech Center). He has co-authored 11 books, including Career Development and Services: A Cognitive Approach (2004, with Janet Lenz, Jim Sampson, & Gary Peterson). Dr. Reardon has published more than 110 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.

Janet Lenz

Dr. Janet Lenz is a senior research associate in the Florida State University Career Center’s Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development. Prior to that she was an Associate-In faculty member in Florida State’s Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems (EPLS), and the Career Center’s Program Director for Instruction, Research, and Evaluation. She also served as the FSU Career Center’s Program Director for Career Advising, Counseling, & Programming. Dr. Lenz is a past-president of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), an NCDA Eminent Career Award winner and an NCDA fellow. She is a National Certified Counselor, Master Career Counselor (MCC) and a Career Development Facilitator Instructor.

Gary W Peterson

Gary Peterson became a member of the Florida State University faculty in 1972. He is now a Professor Emeritus in the College of Education and a senior research associate in the Tech Center. During his career at Florida State University he has published over 40 journal articles and co-authored multiple books including Career Development and Services: A Cognitive Approach (1991; with Sampson and Reardon). He is a coauthor of the Career Thoughts Inventory and the related Workbook, Improving Your Career Thoughts.

James Sampson

Jim Sampson is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Technology in Counseling and Career Development at Florida State University. He writes and speaks on the appropriate use of computer technology in counseling, on the use of cognitive strategies in the design and delivery of career interventions, and on the integration of theory, research, and practice. Prior to joining the faculty at Florida State University in 1982, he was a Senior Counselor at the Student Counseling and Career Planning Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

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