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Career Management & Work-Life Integration

Career Management & Work-Life Integration
Using Self-Assessment to Navigate Contemporary Careers

July 2007 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Career Management & Work/Life Integration: Using Self-Assessment to Navigate Contemporary Careers is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide to managing contemporary careers. Although grounded in theory, the book also provides an extensive set of exercises and activities that can guide career management over the lifespan. Authors Brad Harrington and Douglas T. Hall offer a highly useful self-assessment guide for students and other individuals who want to deal with the challenge of succeeding in a meaningful career while living a happy, well-balanced life.

Key Features

  • Bridges theory and application: While the book helps readers gain a better understanding of theories on careers, work life, and human resources, it also guides them to develop a tailored, personalized career strategy for themselves.
  • Offers a rigorous self-assessment process: Serving as the book's foundation, this self-assessment guide gives readers a wealth of information and insight regarding their own career priorities and strategies.
  • Provides a more thorough experiential view than existing books: This book integrates work from both the career management and the work life field while most academic literature treats these two areas separately.

Intended Audience
Career Management & Work/Life Integration is a great resource for employers and career planning offices. This book will also by ideal for undergraduate and graduate courses in Career Management; Leadership Development; Organizational Behavior; and Human Resource Management in the departments of business, management, and organizational psychology.

Instructor's Resources
Available upon request, an instructor's resource CD accompanies the book and includes such teaching aids as PowerPoint slides, and teaching notes for each chapter, as well as assignments, key concepts, and terms for each chapter.

Meet the author!

1. Understanding the New Career
Three Career Cases  
The Barnes Family  
Helen Casey  
The Smith Family  
The Changing Landscape of Careers  
The Changing Nature of Families  
The New Careers  
Our Career and Work-Life Model  
2. The Self-Assessment Process
The Basic Areas of Self-Assessment  
Reflecting on the Past  
Identity as a Core Competence  
Clarifying Your Values  
Understanding Your Interests and Passions  
Understanding Life Goals and Personal Vision  
Skills Assessment  
3. Integrating Your Self-Assessment and Developing Implications
Integrating Your Self-Assessment  
Developing Themes from Your Data  
Step 1: Coding Your Data  
Step 2: Grouping Your Data  
Step 3: Assigning Tentative Themes  
step 4: Constructing the Final Themes With Supporting Data  
Sample Themes  
Developing Career and Work-Life Implications  
4. Finding Ideal Work  
Job Loss  
Assessing the Labor Market  
Identifying the Right Opportunities for You  
Job Search Tools  
Starting a Professional Portfolio  
Cover Letters  
Conducting the Job Search  
Networking and the Job Search  
Informational Interviews  
Guidelines for Conducting an Informational Interview  
Questions to Ask  
Identifying the Ideal Employer  
Special Challenges and Tips for International Students Who Want to Work in the United States  
Career Decision-Making  
5. Career Development Strategies
Organizational Career Paths  
From Career Ladders to Career Lattices  
Vertical Careers and Organizational Advancement  
Managing Up  
Alternative Career Paths-Salzman's Typology  
Career Shifters  
Urban Escapees  
The Portfolio Career  
Ongoing Development  
Organizational Career Systems  
International Assignments  
Financial Considerations  
6. Work and Family
Men and Women, Families and Work  
Dual-Career Couples  
Dual-Career Families  
Sources of Stress  
Role Conflict  
7. Workplace Flexibility
Flexible Work Arrangements  
Compressed Work Week  
Part-Time and Reduced-Load Work  
Job Sharing  
Other Elements of the Family-Friendly Workplace  
The Family-Friendly Workplace Culture  
The Dark Side of Flexible Work Arrangements  
8. Career Development Over the Lifespan
Lifespan Development: Are Career and Life Stages Still Relevant Today?  
Adult Life Stages  
Gender and Life Stages  
A New Model for Middle and Later Years: Learning Cycles  
The Second (or Third or Fourth) Career  
Protean Career and Older Workers  
How Do We Tap the Potential of Older Workers?  
Use Developmental Relationships  
Opt for New and Varied Job Experience  
Improve Person--Job Brokering  
Use Information Technology  
How Do I Want to Design My Life for the Thir Phase?  
Financial Planning and Careers in Later Life  
Summarizing Careers Over the Lifespan  
Book Summary  
Appendix: Standards of Excellence Index
About the Authors

"Back around the turn of the century, I was on the Alliance for Work-Life Progress board, and some of the board members found their jobs and offices being downsized as a fairly lengthy recession set in. I have been in touch with many of these folks since then, and they have all done well, but mainly by changing careers. What they really needed was Career Management and Work-Life Integration, by Brad Harrington and Douglas Hall (2007). As the authors note, job ladders inside of corporations (and job security) are largely a thing of the past. For young or mature adults, the implications of that shift are enormous. Specializing can be dangerous, and making yourself indispensable may not be a great idea. So individual career planning becomes on one level more difficult and less useful because the unexpected is always just around the corner, but on another level far more important if you don't want to end up stuck doing work you don't like for a company you like even less... And this really is a work-family book, which is anything but surprising once you take in the implications of modern careers: the difficulties of navigating contemporary careers are heavily compounded for modern families, where dual-earners are the norm, and fathers as well as mothers expect to devote substantial time to children and, increasingly, elderly parents and relatives. And corporate work-life policies become important for a reason that is often downplayed: attracting talent. My reading of most of the literature on the business case for work-life is that it tends to emphasize talent retention. But that may be the wrong angle if the problem is getting the right people, and planning on fairly short 'career' duration. I should mention that much of the book is very much practical, with exercises designed to draw out the reader's values, aspirations, history, and family situation in order to make sense of -- and plan for -- the future. I highly recommend it for that practical
purposes, but genuinely enjoyed it as a contribution to rethinking the way work & family will play out in the future. Great stuff!”

Bob Drago
Penn State University

"Its key features develop a bridge between theory and application, offering a rigorous self-assessment process and providing a more thorough experiential view than most existing books."

Johnson Thomas
Business India
Business India

I would recommend this book to students when considering their own career planning as it is an excellent guide to thinking about what career may be suitable for the individual. However, it does not cover enough from an organizational point of view in regards to how career paths have evolved in the workplace. This was touched on slightly but is an issue that is underdeveloped as a Management Issue

Mrs Carrie Foster
Business School, Chester University
September 25, 2012

Interesting and integrates well theory and practice.

Dr Carin Linander
Hälsa och samhälle sektion 1, Kristianstad University
July 21, 2011

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