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Making Career Decisions that Count: A Practical Guide (3rd edition)

Making Career Decisions that Count: A Practical Guide (3rd edition)

By: Darrell Anthony Luzzo (author), Lisa Severy (author)Paperback

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Looking for a book that provides "undecided" college students and those considering a career change with valuable tools and strategies to successfully engage in the career decision-making process? With effective, hands-on activities and an engaging conversational tone, Making Career Decisions That Count is a practical guide for every step of this process. Case studies of real-life college students are integrated throughout each chapter, providing readers with examples of authentic strategies for coping with some of the most challenging career-related concerns experienced by college students of all ages and backgrounds. Chapter summaries, interactive assessments, and contemporary career information further contribute to the value of the book in supporting students' career decisions.

About Author

Darrell Anthony Luzzo, Ph.D. Dr. Darrell Anthony Luzzo is the President of the National Career Development Association, a position he has held since August of 2007. He also serves as the President of Strategic Partnerships LLC, a for-profit company that provides fiscal and human resource solutions to large corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, foundations, and institutions of higher education. Dr. Luzzo obtained his bachelor's degree in psychology and his master's and doctorate degrees in education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Luzzo's career includes executive-level assignments with JA Worldwide/Junior Achievement (2001-2007), National Career Assessment Services, Inc. (2000-2001), Mt. Hood Community College (1999-2001), and ACT, Inc. (1997-1999). Dr. Luzzo's full-time and adjunct academic/teaching assignments with several colleges and universities have included Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Iowa, Auburn University, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the University of Northern Alabama, St. Ambrose University, and Johnson County Community College. In addition to his service on the Board of the National Career Development Association, Dr. Luzzo has held active leadership positions in the American Education Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Counseling Association. Dr. Luzzo's particular expertise in career development includes a focus on practical career counseling techniques as well as research and evaluation of the efficacy of various career counseling practices, techniques, and strategies. He is the author of over 60 refereed journal articles, editor of Career Counseling of College Students: An Empirical Guide to Strategies That Work (APA Books, 2000), and author of two college student development texts: Making Career Decisions That Count: A Practical Guide (Prentice Hall, 2008, 2002, 1997) and Overcoming the Hurdles to Academic Success: Strategies That Make a Difference (Houghton Mifflin, 2003). Darrell and his wife, Tanya, live in Parker, Colorado, with their eight children. Lisa Severy Lisa Severy is the Director of Career Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has been working as a career counselor since 1996, including seven years of practice at the University of Florida's Career Resource Center. Lisa has a degree in Psychology from Indiana University and graduate degrees including her PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Florida. Her research and writing interests surround Narrative/Constructivist Career Counseling, Integration of Technology in Career Counseling Theory, and Career Counseling Supervision. In addition, Lisa periodically teaches Career Counseling & Career Development for master's level graduate students at CU-Denver in the department of Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education. In 1998 Lisa received the Outstanding Practioner & Supervisor of the year from Chi Sigma Iota, International Counseling & Academic Honorary, awarded at the ACA National Conference in San Diego. In 2001, she was awarded the NACE Excellence in Educational Programming for UF's Cultural Diversity Reception. In 2002, Lisa was designated a Master Career Counselor by the National Career Development Association (NCDA). She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor, an Authorized Provider for Turning Points Navigator and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. She is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Colorado Career Development Association (CCDA), the Collegiate Career Services Association of Colorado and Wyoming (CCSA), as well as NCDA. She is active in CCDA and in the past four years has served as a Co-Chair for Training, President-Elect, President, and Past-President. In 2006, Lisa was selected to participate in the inaugural NCDA Emerging Leaders Program joining a group of sixteen individuals selected as emerging leaders in the field of career development. Lisa often speaks at national and international conferences. She has presented at NCDA, NACE, and ACPA on numerous occasions as well as at regional meetings. In addition, Lisa is a prolific author and often writes for newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. She has also published articles in professional, refereed journals such as the Career Development Quarterly, Journal of College Student Development and the Journal of College Counseling. She has also co-authored two books, Making Career Decisions that Count: A Practical Guide (3rd Ed) with Darrell Luzzo, and Turning Points: Managing Career Transitions with Meaning and Purpose, with Jack and Phoebe Ballard.


1. Around We Go: The Developmental Process of Making Career DecisionsThe Process of Career DevelopmentDonald Super's Theory of Career DevelopmentDetermining Where You Are in the Process2. Who Are You?: Assessing Your Personality and the Way You Naturally Do ThingsThe Importance of Career AssessmentAssessment of Personality3. What Do You Like and Do Well?: Assessing Your Professional interests & SkillsAssessments of InterestsAssessments of Abilities and ExperiencesOther Types of Career Assessment4. What Matters Most?: Recognizing the Importance of Your ValuesThe Role of Work-Related ValuesCore Life Values5. What's Your Story?: Exploring Your Life Themes 6. Making the Pieces Fit: Integrating Information About YourselfDefining Mission and PurposeMatching Self-Concepts with Work EnvironmentsIdentifying Careers That Match Your Career TypeCase Studies in Narrowing Career Options7. Navigating the Maze: Methods of Career ExplorationA Review of the Career Exploration ProcessDeveloping a System of Information GatheringWorld of Work: Forecasts and TrendsGathering Information About CareersJob ShadowingThe Value of Part-Time and Volunteer Experiences8. Meeting the Challenges Head-On: Identifying and Overcoming BarriersBarriers in Career ExplorationDiscriminationReal and Perceived BarriersCareer Self-EfficacyIdentifying Helpful Resources9. Taking the Leap: Making a Tentative Career DecisionThe Importance of Goal-Setting in Career PlanningEducational and Training OpportunitiesChoosing a College MajorTaking Advantage of Happenstance...A Final Point to ConsiderConclusionAppendix A Occupations Considered Most Attractive by Persons with Certain Psychological Types Appendix B Scoring Instructions for Chapter 2 & Chapter 3 Exercises Appendix C Occupations Arranged by Work Environments Appendix D Job Search Strategies Appendix E Job Satisfaction Questionnaire Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780131712775
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 168
  • ID: 9780131712775
  • weight: 390
  • ISBN10: 0131712772
  • edition: 3rd edition

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