A Fork in the Road: A Career Planning Guide for Young Adults

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A Fork in the Road: A Career Planning Guide for Young Adults


Pein, Deborah, Career Planning and Adult Development Journal


A Fork in the Road: A Career Planning Guide for Young Adults, by Susan Maltz and Barbara Grahn. 2003. Manassas, VA: Impact Pub Heat ion s.l 15 pages, Soft Cover, $14.95

Intended Audience: A, B, C, E, F, G, I

Major Headings from Table of Contents:

You're in the Driver's Seat; Values Are Along for the Ride; Take a Road Trip; Up the Mountain: The Road to Success; What is Your Navigation Style; Need Directions; A Fork in the Road: Choosing a Direction; Fuel for Thought: Listening; Reaching Your Destination; Resources and the Information Highway

How is the book most useful for its intended audience?

Although this book is intended for young adults, ages 15 - 25, the sound, applicable advice that is offered is appropriate for all adults in today's workforce. The easy-to-read and easy-to-complete workbook format is particularly appropriate for the intended age group. The book explains not only "why," but "how to" develop career skills that may be used throughout life.

The top five things you learned from reading this book:

1. It is important to learn career development skills early in life. Acquiring these skills, and then utilizing them throughout one's career, will lead to greater job satisfaction.

2. Because 70 per cent of today's jobs will disappear by 2050, we must prepare for these changes by learning career development strategies.

3. With new job titles increasing daily, it is important that the work force of today develop a "lifelong learning" mindset and develop career strategies that will facilitate learning in preparing for future careers created by the influx of newly created jobs.

4. The authors state: "There are thousands of jobs available, yet most young adults are exposed to fewer than 100 of them." Career professionals need to seek out and learn about the emerging job opportunities and encourage their students and clients to explore career options.

5. Passion, motivation, and circumstance are key factors that can affect career choices. Flexibility and a willingness to embrace new or unexpected experiences are integral roles that have an impact on an individual's career development.

Appropriately titled A Fork in the Road, this book guides the reader to the point in the "road of life" that everyone reaches-the point where a career path must be chosen. …

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