Making Career Decisions that Count: A Practical Guide (3e) : 9780131712775

Making Career Decisions that Count: A Practical Guide (3e)

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For courses in Career Exploration or Decision-Making — Course for Undecided and/or First-Year College Students.


With effective, hands-on activities and an engaging conversational tone, Making Career Decisions That Count: A Practical Guide 3e provides “undecided” college students and those considering a career change with valuable tools and effective strategies to successfully engage in the career decision-making process. Case studies of real-life college students are integrated throughout each chapter, providing readers with examples of authentic strategies for coping with some of the most challenging career-related concerns experienced by college students of all ages and backgrounds. Chapter summaries, interactive assessments, and contemporary career information further contribute to the value of the text in supporting students’ career decisions.  Called a 'textbook gem', please visit for a moving review of this resource.


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Table of contents

1.    Around We Go: The Developmental Process of Making Career Decisions

The Process of Career Development

Donald Super's Theory of Career Development

Determining Where You Are in the Process

2.    Who Are You?: Assessing Your Personality and the Way You Naturally Do Things

The Importance of Career Assessment

Assessment of Personality

3.    What Do You Like and Do Well?:  Assessing Your Professional interests & Skills

Assessments of Interests

Assessments of Abilities and Experiences

Other Types of Career Assessment

4.    What Matters Most?: Recognizing the Importance of Your Values

The Role of Work-Related Values

Core Life Values

5.    What's Your Story?: Exploring Your Life Themes


6.    Making the Pieces Fit: Integrating Information About Yourself

Defining Mission and Purpose

Matching Self-Concepts with Work Environments

Identifying Careers That Match Your Career Type

Case Studies in Narrowing Career Options

7.    Navigating the Maze: Methods of Career Exploration

A Review of the Career Exploration Process

Developing a System of Information Gathering

World of Work: Forecasts and Trends

Gathering Information About Careers

Job Shadowing

The Value of Part-Time and Volunteer Experiences

8.    Meeting the Challenges Head-On: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers

Barriers in Career Exploration


Real and Perceived Barriers

Career Self-Efficacy

Identifying Helpful Resources

9.    Taking the Leap: Making a Tentative Career Decision

The Importance of Goal-Setting in Career Planning

Educational and Training Opportunities

Choosing a College Major

Taking Advantage of Happenstance...A Final Point to Consider


      1. Appendix A    Occupations Considered Most Attractive by Persons with Certain Psychological Types    

        Appendix B    Scoring Instructions for Chapter 2 & Chapter 3 Exercises    

        Appendix C    Occupations Arranged by Work Environments    

        Appendix D    Job Search Strategies        

        Appendix E    Job Satisfaction Questionnaire    




      2. New to this edition
        NEW!    Provides the latest information about the world of work.

        • Summarizes contemporary career information resources, and updating all Internet and Bibliography references.

        NEW!    Significantly expanded coverage of career assessments using the Meyers-Briggs assessment to cover the Four Dimensions of Personality. (Chapters 2 and 3) 

        • Entire chapters devoted to assessments of (a) personality, (b) interests and skills, (c) values, and (d) life themes.

        NEW!    Coverage of career narratives and life themes (Chapter 5). 

        • Represents the latest thinking in the field of career development, helping you recognize the importance of your story in career decision making.

        NEW!    At the end of each chapter, new feature entitled, “Key Concepts to Remember.”

        • These key concepts capture the primary learning objectives associated with each chapter (pgs. 12, 23, 42).

        NEW!    Updated “Questions for Critical Thought” feature at the end of each chapter. 

        • Gives an opportunity to critically evaluate the information presented throughout the book. The more critically students are able to think about and process new information, the more apt they are to remember and apply that information over time (pgs. 53, 82, 106).

        NEW!    Information for readers who are interested in obtaining part-time, volunteer, or full-time work experience as a means of career exploration.

        • Appendix D summarizes several job search strategies to help identify and seek employment opportunities.

        NEW!    Revised Appendix E.

        • Includes a questionnaire to assist you in evaluating the degree to which your current (or future) employment gives you the satisfaction and enjoyment that you would ideally experience in a job.

        NEW!    Instructors using this text in class will want to make sure they receive a copy of the comprehensive Instructor’s Manual and Resource Guide and PowerPoint Slides.  

        • Included are chapter overviews, learning objectives, key concepts, proposed lecture outlines, suggested activities, and additional resource materials. The manual also provides instructors with sample course syllabi, presentation masters, a final exam, contact information for publishers of career resource materials, and an expanded listing of useful Internet sources and World Wide Web sites related to career planning and exploration.



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        Features & benefits
        • Expanded coverage of the use of the Internet and other technologies in career exploration and planning–Includes “Surfing the Web with a Purpose” sections at the end of each chapter, with lists of several Internet sites that are useful in career exploration and planning.
          • Increases the number of resources available to students to assist them throughout the career decision-making process.

        • Updated, revised assessments–For evaluating the role of personality, interests, experiences, skills, and values in career decision making. Inventories are written in contemporary language that students can relate to.
          • These inventories help students increase their self-awareness of factors that influence career satisfaction, stability, and success.

        • An expanded discussion of strategies students can use when selecting a major.
          • Helps students make a well-informed decision.

        • Conversational, reader-friendly style of writing.
          • Makes content accessible to students from a variety of educational backgrounds and reading levels, so they can focus on the content instead of struggling with the language.

        • A focus on the early exploration stage of career decision making.
          • Helps students who are undecided about their career narrow the list of career options down to those that are likely to produce the highest level of satisfaction, stability, and success.

        • Practical, hands-on exercises and assessments–In each chapter. Each is introduced with an explanation of purpose and clear instructions.
          • Helps students apply the information presented to their own lives.

        • Real-world examples and case studies of students from diverse backgrounds–Addresses issues relevant to a wide diversity of ages, ethnic backgrounds, social classes, and abilities. Examples reference persons with disabilities, traditional-aged students, nontraditional-aged (i.e., older) students, and students interested in the full range of career options.
          • Students will realize first-hand that the strategies and techniques presented throughout the book really can help people–just like themselves–make more satisfying career decisions.

        • Twenty-two self-assessment/ goal-planning exercises.
          • Enables students to assess several components of career exploration and planning to ensure personal satisfaction.

        • Listings of occupations–For different personality types, and sample occupations arranged by type of work environment.
          • Offers students the opportunity to evaluate occupations based on personal preferences.

        • A questionnaire for assessing job satisfaction.
          • Provides a systematic way to evaluate current and past employment situations.

        Author biography
        Darrell Anthony Luzzo, Ph.D.


        Dr. Darrell Anthony Luzzo is the President of the National Career Development Association, a position he has held since August of 2007. He also serves as the President of Strategic Partnerships LLC, a for-profit company that provides fiscal and human resource solutions to large corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, foundations, and institutions of higher education. Dr. Luzzo obtained his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his master’s and doctorate degrees in education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).


        Dr. Luzzo's career includes executive-level assignments with JA Worldwide/Junior Achievement (2001-2007), National Career Assessment Services, Inc. (2000-2001), Mt. Hood Community College (1999-2001), and ACT, Inc. (1997-1999). Dr. Luzzo’s full-time and adjunct academic/teaching assignments with several colleges and universities have included Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Iowa, Auburn University, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, the University of Northern Alabama, St. Ambrose University, and Johnson County Community College.  In addition to his service on the Board of the National Career Development Association, Dr. Luzzo has held active leadership positions in the American Education Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Counseling Association.


        Dr. Luzzo’s particular expertise in career development includes a focus on practical career counseling techniques as well as research and evaluation of the efficacy of various career counseling practices, techniques, and strategies. He is the author of over 60 refereed journal articles, editor of Career Counseling of College Students: An Empirical Guide to Strategies That Work (APA Books, 2000), and author of two college student development texts: Making Career Decisions That Count: A Practical Guide (Prentice Hall, 2008, 2002, 1997) and Overcoming the Hurdles to Academic Success: Strategies That Make a Difference (Houghton Mifflin, 2003).


        Darrell and his wife, Tanya, live in Parker, Colorado, with their eight children.


        Lisa Severy


        Lisa Severy is the Director of Career Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has been working as a career counselor since 1996, including seven years of practice at the University of Florida’s Career Resource Center.   Lisa has a degree in Psychology from Indiana University and graduate degrees including her PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Florida.  Her research and writing interests surround Narrative/Constructivist Career Counseling, Integration of Technology in Career Counseling Theory, and Career Counseling Supervision.  In addition, Lisa periodically teaches Career Counseling & Career Development for master’s level graduate students at CU-Denver in the department of Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education.


        In 1998 Lisa received the Outstanding Practioner & Supervisor of the year from Chi Sigma Iota, International Counseling & Academic Honorary, awarded at the ACA National Conference in San Diego. In 2001, she was awarded the NACE Excellence in Educational Programming for UF's Cultural Diversity Reception.


        In 2002, Lisa was designated a Master Career Counselor by the National Career Development Association (NCDA).   She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor, an Authorized Provider for Turning Points Navigator and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado.  She is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Colorado Career Development Association (CCDA), the Collegiate Career Services Association of Colorado and Wyoming (CCSA), as well as NCDA.  She is active in CCDA and in the past four years has served as a Co-Chair for Training, President-Elect, President, and Past-President.    In 2006, Lisa was selected to participate in the inaugural NCDA Emerging Leaders Program joining a group of sixteen individuals selected as emerging leaders in the field of career development. 


        Lisa often speaks at national and international conferences.  She has presented at NCDA, NACE, and ACPA on numerous occasions as well as at regional meetings.  In addition, Lisa is a prolific author and often writes for newspapers, magazines, and newsletters.  She has also published articles in professional, refereed journals such as the Career Development Quarterly, Journal of College Student Development and the Journal of College Counseling.  She has also co-authored two books, Making Career Decisions that Count: A Practical Guide (3rd Ed) with Darrell Luzzo, and Turning Points: Managing Career Transitions with Meaning and Purpose, with Jack and Phoebe Ballard.