Career Choice and Development

Career Choice and Development

Career Choice and Development

Career Choice and Development

Synopsis

Praise for Previous Editions"Anyone who wants one book that integrates theory, research, and practice could not make a better choice than Career Choice and Development. Brown and Brooks are to be congratulated for again prompting career development theorists to apply their models to the practice of career intervention." _Contemporary Psychology"This compilation of leading career theories in one concise and complete text, with its excellent analysis of the materials presented, is a unique and useful resource for any practitioner or student in the field." _Journal of College Placement"Well written and easy to read. Experienced professionals and beginning counselors in training will appreciate this effort. They have assembled an impressive collection of authors to introduce the reader to the various theories of career development." _Personnel Psychology"Career Choice and Development is a hardworking book; it presents both the latest version of major theorists' ideas and goes the extra mile to indicate how each translates their ideas into practice." _Training News Magazine"This book is designed as a primary reference and successfully brings together the most current ideas and research previously found scattered throughout the literature. The ideas of major theorists are presented side-by-side in similar format for easy comparison." _AACD Guidepost

Excerpt

In the final phases of the preparation of this edition of Career Choice and Development, I was talking to an old friend, Tom Harrington, about it. One thing he said to me was, 'Make sure you make a strong statement that career development is about change—something that some people seem to overlook.' He is right. Career development theories are explanations of how people develop certain traits, personalities, and self-precepts and how these developments influence decision making. These theories are also about the contexts in which people live and how the variables in those contexts interact with personal characteristics to influence development and decision making. In sum, career choice and development theories are about dynamic, ever-changing phenomena. Career counseling, like all forms of counseling, becomes necessary when something goes awry in the natural process of development. Judging by the surveys the Gallup organization has conducted for the National Career Development Association, the course of development gets off-course fairly often.

In Chapter Five, Mark Savickas observes that there is great variation in the theories of career choice and development. He attributes this to the fact that various theorists choose to 'explain' different aspects of the developmental process. Few have the courage of Don Super, who tried to explain all facets of the career development process. In the second edition of this book, however, he . . .

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