- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 2nd ed. edition (October 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580088708
- ISBN-13: 978-1580088701
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Dick Bolles and Howard Figler once again become our trusted guides as we strive to serve responsibly in the sacred sphere of other people'¬?s careers. What a joy to be reintroduced to classics like 1-2-3 Counseling, and at the same time share in the latest thinking of two masters of the profession. Each chapter'¬?s lesson inspires us to be the best that we can be with our clients."-Deb Koen, president of Career Development Services and contributor to The Wall Street Journal'¬?s CareerJournal.com"Full of practical how-to tips as well as insight into broad, philosophical topics such as mystery, ego, values, and spirituality, this handbook is your opportunity to benefit from the stimulating ideas and diverse styles of Howard Figler and Dick Bolles. Try it, you'¬?ll like it-and you'll learn."-H. B. Gelatt, EdD, cofounder of Gelatt Partners and author of Creative Decision Making With Positive Uncertainty
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* A thorough revision of the trusted career counselor guide from two veterans in the field, including the author of the best-selling career book in the world. * Includes seven all-new chapters, such as "The Annual Career Checkup" and "The 60-30-10 Rule: The Necessity of Maximizing Face-to-Face Contact." * There are over 600,000 counselors in the United States, and employment is expected to grow faster than average through 2014.
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I have done assessments with a number of folks assessing values, skills, types, interest, strengths, passions etc. Loved reading the authors' perspectives with their collective 60-70 years in the career counseling field. These assessments are NOT scientific, the authors note. However, I find they can open thought and detect patterns. Often they affirm what clients intuit about themselves and give them confidence to explore something which fascinates them.
This book is divided into nine sections: Goals, History of the Career Field, How to Survive and Prosper as a Career Coach, Tools, Special Problems, For Clients Who Want to Be on Their Own, Values, Spirituality and The Future of the field. Chapters read like articles on topics so there are some gaps. However, what is here I found so valuable and deep. It's not a how-to book although it has some how-to sections. Some of the topics which I found most valuable:
* the 12 most important skills a career counselor uses
* the six objectives of career counseling
* history of ideas and events in career counseling and development
* how to use just one hour of counseling
* spirituality and career counseling
The authors also list online assessments and other books, worksheets and resources. There is not a lot on technology and career development such as LinkedIn. However, Mr. Bolles updates his book WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE every year so there is more in there. This book might be better for counselors-coaches new to career development and assessments. But experienced counselors and coaches might find something useful to glean from these authors' experiences running a career center, writing books and speaking on the topic. Regarding the spirituality section, I found it helpful as some clients do believe in God (many Americans do) and believe God has given them gifts or purpose here. They want to know their faith can be part of their career journey which I respect. 5 stars for me - maybe fewer stars if you wanted something more sequential and more on assessments. It does mention the Holland Code, and has exercises for assessing skills and values. I will be using much of the information in here for my class.