Training for Life: A Practical Guide to Career and Life Planning

Author(s): Fred J Hecklinger, Bernadette M Black

Edition: 10

Copyright: 2009


Details: Electronic Delivery EBOOK | 180 days |


Active involvement in establishing your career and life plans leads to greater happiness, satisfaction, and a sense of control over the direction of your life.

Training for Life takes a personal approach to help you develop your career and life objectives. Taking an active role in career planning is important for you to grow and flourish not only in your career, but also in your life. This book integrates career and lifestyle, taking you through both traditional and non-traditional career planning topics such as:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Job Investigation
  • Job Campaign
  • Change
  • Enhancing Work Performance and Satisfaction
  • Healthy Lifestyle Characteristics
  • Risk Taking

Enjoy the process this book takes you through as you achieve and maintain a rewarding career and life. Training For Life can be used as a workbook in classes, in individual counseling, workshops, and as a self-instructional aid.

About the Authors



Training for Life 

The Career and Life Planning Process



Chapter 1: Work Values
Work Values Assessment
Your Ideal (and Not So Ideal) Job
How Important Is Your Work?
Work Values

Chapter 2: Interests

How Do You Like to Spend Your Time?
Develop a Plan to Pursue Your Interests
Occupational Environments
Inventories and Interactive Career Exploration Programs

Chapter 3: Skills and Abilities

Three Successes
Self-Management Skills
Functional Skills
Self-Evaluation of Skills and Abilities
Work Content Skills
Skills and Abilities

Chapter 4: Personal Values

Personal Values and Action
Personal Values Assessment
Personal Values Decisions
Personal Values

Chapter 5: Self-Esteem
What Is Self-Esteem?
Where Does Your Self-Esteem Come From?
Your Self-Esteem Tree
Labels, Poisoners, and Cultivators of Self-Esteem
Your Action Plan to Enhance Your Self-Esteem

Chapter 6: Lifestyle Considerations 

Lifestyle Assessment
Section One Summary: Acknowledge Your Unique Self
What Are My Work Values?
Additional Resources



Chapter 7: Work in the Future
Predictions of Experts
A Summary of Workplace Trends
Seven Trends That Affect You and Your Work
Work in the Future

Chapter 8: The Process of Transition and Renewal
Change and Transitions
Ten Qualities of the Self-Renewing Adult
Negotiating Transitions Effectively
Your Perception of the Transition
Your Personal Characteristics
Your Support Systems

Chapter 9: Understanding Change

The Early Adult Years (Ages 20-40)
The Middle Adult Years (Ages 40-60)
The Late Adult Years (Ages 60-75)
The Older Adult Years (Age 75 and Above)
Your Own Life Stage, Age, and Phase
Understanding Change

Chapter 10: Influence of Others

Identify Your Personal Board of Directors
Consider the Value of Support Groups
Expand Your Interpersonal Network of Contacts
Find a Mentor
Influence of Others

Chapter 11: Taking Risks

How Willing Are You to Take Risks?
Ten Guidelines for Taking Risks
Risk Assessment

Chapter 12: Decision Making

Elements of Decision Making
The Six Rules of Effective Decision Making
Avoiding Pitfalls in Decision Making
Know Your Decision-Making Style
Decision-Making Outline
Section Two Summary: Negotiate Change in Your Life
Additional Resources


Chapter 13: Your Career Options List 

Look Back into the Past
Consider Career "Dreams"
Get Ideas from Others
Consider Your Unique Self
Consider Your Choice of Occupational Environments
Make Use of Interest Inventories
Do Some Brainstorming
Your Career Options List

Chapter 14: How to Investigate Career Information

Written Material
The Internet
Talking with People
Informational Interviewing

Chapter 15: The Internet--Sites for Career Exploration and Job Hunting

Career Web Sites

Chapter 16: What to Look for When You Investigate a Career 

General Questions
Employment Projections
Training Requirements
Salary and Benefits
Non-monetary Rewards and Other Factors
Worksheet for Investigating a Career

Chapter 17: Evaluation of Career 

Present Options
Evaluation of Career Options
Tentative Career Outline
Timetable of Events
Career Surprises

Chapter 18: Resources for Career Investigation

Selected Resources


Chapter 19: The Job Campaign

Job Hunting--The Cold, Hard Facts
What Is an Effective Job Campaign?
Organizing Your Job Campaign Job Campaign Analysis
Job Campaign Analysis

Chapter 20: Job Hunting in Cyberspace

Job Hunting Using the Internet
Networking Through the Internet
Using Job Listing Web Sites
Sending Your Resumé Electronically
Sending a Cover Letter via E-mail
Be Careful!
The Most Important Cyberspace Application to Career Planning and Job Hunting
Additional Resources for Job Hunting in Cyberspace

Chapter 21: Resumé Writing 

Characteristics of a Good Resumé
Questions to Ask Before You Write Your Resumé
Organization of Your Resumé
Contents of Chronological and Combination Resumés
General Tips on Writing Your Resumé
Making Two Versions of Your Resumé
Electronic Scanning of Resumés
Sample Resumés
Cover Letters

Chapter 22: Employment Interviewing 

Know What You Want to Accomplish
Be Prepared--Use the 4 R's
Using Nontraditional Methods of Getting Interviews
Conduct Your Employment Interview with Style
Sample Interview Questions
Structured Interviews
Ten Key Considerations for Effective Interviewing
Interview Checklist
Types of Interviews
Negotiating a Salary
Section Four Summary: Conduct an Effective Job Campaign
Additional Resources


Chapter 23: How to Be an Effective Worker
Work Success Skills
Fifteen Tactics for Career Growth
Professional Development
Evolving into a Person of Influence

Chapter 24: Make Time Your Friend 

Your Time Analysis
Your Time Action Plan
Manage Your Time Effectively

Chapter 25: Don't Be Your Own Worst Enemy

Internal Blocks to Work Satisfaction
External Blocks to Work Satisfaction
Getting Stuck on a Career Plateau
The Ultimate Block--Loss of Your Work

Chapter 26: Take Care of Yourself 

Avoid Major Value Conflicts
Deal Effectively with Stress
Pursue Other Interests

Chapter 27: Routine Maintenance--Your Two-Year Checkup 

Your Work Environment
Your People Contacts
Your Work Itself
Your Expectations
Expand Positives and Reduce Negatives
Your Perfect Work

Chapter 28: The Payoff--Who Decides Whether You've Done Good Work? 

Your Reward System
Your Work Satisfaction--It's Your Decision
Section Five Summary: Enhance Work Performance and Satisfaction
Additional Resources


Chapter 29: A Look into the Future

Chapter 30: Think Positively

Chapter 31: Develop Interests
Pursuing Your Interests, Hobbies, and Activities  

Chapter 32: Take an Active Role in Staying Healthy
The Importance of Physical Activity
The Importance of Mental Activity
Involvement with Others
Diet and Nutrition
Managing Stress
Avoiding Self-Injurious Behavior
Getting Medical Care
Using Medicine Responsibly

Chapter 33: Maintain Good Interpersonal Relationships 

Improving Your Interpersonal Relationships

Chapter 34: Make the Most of Your Financial Resources

Guidelines for Financial Stability

Chapter 35: Continue to Learn

Advantages of Continued Learning
Barriers to Continued Learning
Opportunities for Continued Learning

Chapter 36: Your Lifestyle Checkup

Your Work
Your Family
Your Values
Your Physical Characteristics
Your Psychological Characteristics
Your Leisure
Your Physical Surroundings
Influence of Others
Summarize Your Lifestyle Checkup
Section Size Summary: Create Quality and Balance in Your Life
Additional Resources

APPENDIX: Continuous Career Options Listing 


Fred J Hecklinger

Fred J. Hecklinger, Ph.D., retired Professor Emeritus at Northern Virginia Community College, served for 28 years as Coordinator of Counsel­ing Services and Dean of Student Development at the College's Alexandria Campus. Currently, he provides professional counseling services at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Trans­portation Security Administration, and The United States Department of State.  

In addition, he delivers seminars on the tran­sition to retirement for the National Institute for Transition Planning. He is a guide at Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House, a prop­erty of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and at the National Building Museum. He is a Licensed Professional Coun­selor in Virginia and a National Certified Career Counselor.  

He has a bachelor's degree in chemistry, a master's degree in education, and a doctorate in counseling. He is an avid opera fan, golf enthusiast, and welcomes any opportunity to travel.

Bernadette M Black

Bernadette M. Black, Ed.D. is enjoying the fruits of her labor as Training for Lifeclearly recommends! Her recent retirement has opened new possibilities and adventures for volunteer service, travel, golf, learning, part time work and tending overlooked areas of life. Her goal to expand and nourish individual aspiration for the common good thrives.  

With 35 years as an educator in higher education, she advised and taught master's and doctoral students as the Director of the Social Foundations of Education program for University of Virginia's Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church. She also served as Director of Professional Development for the Virginia Community College System, where she created and implemented a nationally award winning program for faculty in Virginia's 23 community col­leges. At Northern Virginia Community College she directly served a diverse student population as a counselor and professor. Bernadette is a National Certified Career Counselor and her doctor­ate was earned from UVA in counselor education.  

She presently re­sides in Vienna, Virginia, with her husband, Tom, where she continues to cultivate the individual aspirations of their six children, their spouses, and grandchildren.

Related ISBN's: 9781465208408, 9780757560484




ISBN 9781465208408

Details Electronic Delivery EBOOK 180 days