The Career ToolKit for High School Students: Making the Transition from School to Work

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9780130884176: The Career ToolKit for High School Students: Making the Transition from School to Work

This thorough introduction to the skills needed to succeed in the work place is presented in an easy-to-read user-friendly format. The book, adapted from a popular college text, provides a complete framework for career exploration and is designed to motivate readers to make theses skills a part of their lives. The book introduces readers to the workplace, provides time and money management tips, basic skills practice and assessments and offers guidelines for making oneself marketable. For individuals interested in assessing and sharpening their basic skills for the work force.

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Preface We Wrote with You in Mind

There are many useful and well-written books about success in school and life. This one is special because it focuses on the skills needed for success in moving from school to work and is tailored for your particular experience and needs as a student in high school. We know that you have choices ahead about building a solid foundation for a successful career and a better life—that's what brought you to this educational experience. And we believe that the success of your career depends on certain basic skills we call "tools."

This book is entitled The Career Tool Kit because it contains information about the tools you need to build a long, happy, and successful working life, just as a metal tool box contains hand tools. These tools will also help you in successfully completing your educational program and transition into your career. In addition, just as a tool kit allows you to keep your tools together and carry them around, this book fits the information you need into one portable volume. This book, and the skills it describes, will fit easily into the demanding routine of your daily activities. This Book Has Three Major Benefits

First, it will help you while you are in school. Many of the skills that you will use in your working life also apply to your student life: reading, writing, studying, listening, and so forth. Tools such as a positive attitude and self image fuel your success both in and outside of school. The information on budgeting will help you organize your finances so that you can juggle your expenses. You want to come away from your educational experience with as many advantages as possible, including your diploma or certificate. Much of the advice in this book will help you stay in school and succeed at the tasks that you undertake there.

Second, it will help you identify and prepare for the job that you want. It helps you know yourself better so that you understand what kinds of jobs might best suit your unique talents and qualities. It provides information on the job search—where you find job listings, who can help you locate opportunities, and how to apply. It guides you through the application process and shows you how to present yourself in the best possible light on a resume as well as in an interview. And it helps you to handle both failure and success.

Third, it will continue to help you throughout your career. These pages contain important information about how to manage your time and money. There is valuable advice on workplace communication with bosses, coworkers, clients, and customers; a discussion of the qualities and skills that employers look for in their employees; information about your rights on the; job; and a section on critical thinking at work (decision making and problem; solving). Career success, as you seek to manage and balance the stresses of your working and personal lives, is affected by your physical and mental health. Through the chapters, hints on improving and maintaining your physical and mental health are provided. Advice about motivation, patience, listening, and other useful subjects will serve you well in the coming years.

The book's special features will help you make the most of your reading. We have broken up the material into bits and pieces that you can really chew on. If you flip through the book before you begin reading, you will see certain elements in each chapter:

NEW IN YOUR TOOL KIT. At the beginning of each chapter, this list summarizes the important topics that you will cover in the chapter.

SOUND BITE. Quotes from people who have made choices similar to yours, current students as well as graduates already in the workplace, appear throughout the text. These people are "in the trenches" and can give you an accurate, personal picture of what to expect as you move into the world of work.

REAL PEOPLE, REAL STORIES. This feature encourages you to get out into the real work world and talk with people. Making contacts and learning from them will be one of the most important benefits you get from this book.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT. These boxed passages give you examples to help explain concepts discussed in the text.

TECHNOLOGY AT WORK. These boxes, new to this edition, describe the many ways that new technologies shape our world, challenging you to learn more about technologies relevant to your life, school, and career.

YOUR TOOL KIT AT WORK. This section contains an assortment of applications at the end of each chapter that will help you put what you learn in the chapter into action. The applications relate to the specific chapter you have been reading and give you the chance to apply what you have just learned to specific questions and situations. You will strengthen your knowledge as you complete the questions and exercises.

Your education is what you make of it. Your school, your teachers, your classwork, and your reading combine to give you endless opportunities to .earn and improve yourself in preparation for career success. They are some of the tools with which you will build your future. But you are responsible for picking up those tools and using them. When you use what you dead in this book, you take advantage of the chance to clear your path toward success.

How strong a future you construct with your tools is up to you. But we feel confident that by choosing to pursue further knowledge, you have put yourself on the right road. Use The Career Tool Kit for help as you make your way to the job and career you want, from school to work, and keep it with you as you continue down the path, using your tools to mold your experiences into a long and successful life as a working citizen.

From the Back Cover:

Develop Universal Skills that Enhance:

Personal Knowledge—

Strategies for Success in School, Career, and Life

  • Develop and Maintain Positive Self-Image
  • Establish Beneficial Time and Money Management Habits
  • Learn How to Set Goals and Priorities

Skills and Abilities—

How to Develop Your Marketability

  • Develop Effective Communication Skills—How Reading and Writing Abilities Translate into Career Skills
  • Improve Memory and Listening Skills
  • Discover How Knowledge Developed in High School Applies to the Workplace

Launching Your Career—

Resources, Opportunities, and Career Growth

  • Find the Right Career
  • Establish Positive Work Habits
  • Succeed!

This Edition Features:

  • Personal Application Activities

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