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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.
In addition to meeting general education requirements, this text fulfills four criteria cited by the
American Psychological Association. The text embraces and builds upon the following APA
professional development guidelines for the undergraduate psychology major empowering
people to make a difference in their lives and communities.
“Exhibit self-regulation” (APA 2023)
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 2023)
The text guides students through concrete, measurable 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.
“Cultivate workforce collaborative skills” (APA 2023)
The text explains how individual careers may unfold in the context of organizational
behavior; the global economy; new ways of working; an increasingly diverse workforce;
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 direction for life after graduation” (APA 2023)
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. (2023). APA guidelines for the undergraduate psychology
major: Version 3.0. Washington, DC.
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