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Creating Careers with Confidence Paperback – August 21, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0135157893 ISBN-10: 0135157897 Edition: 1st

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"Dr. Edward A. Colozzi's Creating Careers with Confidence offers much more than traditional career planning workbooks, and is a fresh approach to career exploration and planning that will capture the hearts and minds of its readers.  It facilitates the discovery of one's calling and helps individuals understand the possibility of creating careers that offer personal meaning and fulfillment. It is an ideal workbook for individual clients, community groups, and students and stands out as one of the most engaging, inspiring, and worthwhile workbooks to be published in our field in the past decade."   Complete Article >

--Darrell A. Luzzo

 

“In your Creating Careers with Confidence workbook, you have shown a rare ability to incorporate many of the best ideas on helping people to understand their potential and to find out ways of developing and using it in the world of work into one small, easily understood, and very interesting package. Your use of the inspiring banyan tree to help people analyze their interests, skills, and values; the adaptations of Holland’s typology, My Rainbow, Bowlsbey’s decision model, Prediger’s world-of work map, and your own considerable experience in group and individual career counseling have produced an appealing and valuable workbook for helping people to understand the career pathways that they might follow in search of self-fulfillment.”

--Donald E. Super, PH.D.

 

“Based on the best of career development theory and practice, this interesting and self-paced booklet teaches its readers how to learn about themselves, decide what they want in each of life’s roles, and then how to get it!”

 --JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey, Ed.D.

 

 

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Written by nationally renowned career development consultant, Ed Colozzi, Creating Careers with Confidence is an inspiring, powerfully reflective, engaging, accessible, and valuable self-paced workbook.  Based on highly respected and proven career develoment theory, this workbook facilitates discovering one's calling, increasing personal awareness, empowering self-efficacy beliefs, and understanding the possibility of creating careers with meaning and personal fulfillment.

 

Having consulted, trained, and taught in the career development arena for more than three decades, in the late 1970's Ed coined the term career/life, which reframes the notion of career as a choice involving multiple life roles.  Ed focuses his work in discovering callings and the role of spirituality, meaning, purpose, and values in the career choice process.

 

Key factors that raise self-efficacy beliefs (performance objectives, verbal persuasion, vicarious learning experiences, and physiological states) are creatively woven into the fabric of the various activities, including the introductory fable, The Choice.  Indeed, The Choice is a powerful metaphor for making career/life choices based on the Holland typology.  Creating Careers with Confidence effectively teaches students about the career development process and offers an logical step-by-step approach that results in clarity, direction, and increased career decision-making self-efficacy.  This model translates into student success in the classroom and school-to-work transitions.

 

Based on a constructivist approach and a combination of developmental, matching, and decision-making theories, this self-paced workbook offers the following benefits and more:

 

  • Essentials of career exploration and planning
  • Reflection with a focus on the opportunity to create careers that provide meaning and purpose
  • The self-discovery process and its impact on making occupational choices coupled with one's personality type
  • Effective exercises for balancing career and life roles
  • Internet links for numerous helpful sites including the interactive ACT World-of-Work Map
  • Best Next Steps for developing an individual action plan to implement career/life choices
  • An Informational Interview activity that highlights the value of networking and researching hidden job markets
  • A valuable appendix filled with practical activities including an Academic Advising Guide for college course selection, a section on cover letters, resume writing, job interviews, and Personal Coaching Tools for stress reduction, time management, and setting and accomplishing goals. 

 “In your Creating Careers with Confidence workbook, you have shown a rare ability to incorporate many of the best ideas on helping people to understand their potential and to find out ways of developing and using it in the world of work into one small, easily understood, and very interesting package. Your use of the inspiring banyan tree to help people analyze their interests, skills, and values; the adaptations of Holland’s typology, My Rainbow, Bowlsbey’s decision model, Prediger’s world-of work map, and your own considerable experience in group and individual career counseling have produced an appealing and valuable workbook for helping people to understand the career pathways that they might follow in search of self-fulfillment.”

--Donald E. Super, PH.D.

 

“Based on the best of career development theory and practice, this interesting and self-paced booklet teaches its readers how to learn about themselves, decide what they want in each of life’s roles, and then how to get it!”

 --JoAnn Harris-Bowlsbey, Ed.D.

 

For further information and support, contact the author at 1-877-6-WISHES or www.lifeworkps.com/edwardc.

 

Visit the Student Success Supersite (www.prenhall.com/success), where students and faculty will find an array of resources. 

 

Start strong. Finish stronger.

 

www.MyStudentSuccessLab.com

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (August 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0135157897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0135157893
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Colozzi walks you through a process that is grounded in career development theory.
Stevie
After several years as a published writer and business marketing coach, I suddenly found myself like many in the job market!
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is searching for a career that does more than pay the bills.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Horn on May 7, 2009
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Dr. Colozzi has created a workbook which truly allows you to look past the current paradigms you have created in your life and get to the truth of where your talents, values, passions, calling, interests and skills intersect! It is with the meeting of these understandings about yourself that you obtain the vision and confidence to go after the career of your dreams!
Often times, we feel that we must fit into the mold of whatever generic job we see out there, and we forget to think out of the box of what we can create OR to look into a totally different arena of the world of work that is a better fit! The sky is the limit if you take the time to understand your own potential and your passion!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is searching for a career that does more than pay the bills. If you want to live an inspired life...this is a great first step!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill Bernaciak on December 27, 2010
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I recently read "Creating Careers with Confidence" and found it to be the most accessible, practical and thorough approach to career development I've seen. There IS no substitute for "field" research, as Ed points out; or for a student digging into occupational facts in his regional market. Ed really removes the intimidation factor with his practical, interactive guide!
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This book is an important and inspirational self-help career discovery workbook. "Creating Careers with Confidence" by Edward Anthony Colozzi will help you answer the question "What career is right for me?"

Dr. Colozzi walks you through a process that is grounded in career development theory. It is very insightful and lots of fun! His caring, creative, and intuitive style oozes through the page when he encourages you to trust yourself in self-assessment as he simplifies decades of complex career research to make it inspiring and practical.

The most exciting part about doing the exercises in Dr. Colozzi's book is that you end up with a list of occupations that are a good fit with a thorough understanding of why. Also, you will have a step-by-step guide to occupational research. Even more impressive is that you will have a decision making process at your finger tips as he spends a whole chapter on "key concepts for making successful career-life decisions."

There is a strong emphasis in this book on career-life roles. This is so important in combination with personal values. Without considering this aspect, all your career plans are more likely to get blown out the window as you enter different life stages. Dr. Colozzi also does a phenomenal job presenting stress tips and exercises which can help enable a higher quality of life.

Also, Dr. Colozzi's personal mission is worth noting as it influences every enthusiastic word he writes in the book, "I have devoted my life to dealing with people's innate need to discover their callings and to be paid adequately for contributing their gifts in ways that provide meaning and purpose, to achieve more balance across life roles, and to learn how to believe in themselves again."
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The pressure of finding satisfying, well paying work, and balancing one's life during a career transition, can be very stressful. Ed Colozzi's unique and artful approach is a refreshing change compared with traditional career publications. Creating Careers with Confidence (Pearson/Prentice Hall), is based on the best of career development theory and current research, and uses storytelling, mythology, nature, symbolism, characteristics of the Hawaiian culture, and inspirational quotes to guide readers on their important journey through the career development process.

Ed, a Bostonian who spent a good part of his adult years in Hawaii, re-defines career as he presents his unique perspective on making career-life choices including self-knowledge assessment, occupational research, evaluating life roles, discovering person-environment matching, and learning effective decision-making strategies. He provides useful Internet links and an appendix packed with practical tools related to stress-management, time-management, academic advising, resume writing, and job interview techniques, making this self-paced workbook an enjoyable and invaluable read for high school seniors, college students, and adults in transition seeking new employment directions!
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