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Understanding Careers

Understanding Careers

Second Edition
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November 2014 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In the hotly anticipated second edition of Understanding Careers, Kerr Inkson has teamed up with Nicky Dries and John Arnold to take readers on a fascinating journey through the field of Career Studies.

  • Interdisciplinary – the text brings together and critiques a range of perspectives, allowing for a broader and more holistic understanding of the field.
  • Theory and practice – comprehensive coverage of all the key theories and cutting edge research is related to the real world through over 50 cases studies. A new Careers in Practice section contains chapters devoted to self-development, career counselling, and organizational practices.
  • International perspective – contains examples, cases, research, references and statistics from a range of countries. 
  • Use of metaphor – the text is structured around commonly used metaphors for careers, helping students relate to the ideas presented and providing a framework for analysis and comparison.

Ideal reading for students considering their own career and personal development, as well as those studying career development, career guidance or human resource management within a psychology, education, counselling or business degree.

Part I: Background to Career Studies
Chapter 1: Career and Metaphor
Chapter 2: Careers in Context
Part II: Images of Career
Chapter 3: Careers as Inheritances
Chapter 4: Careers as Cycles
Chapter 5: Careers as Action
Chapter 6: Careers as Fit
Chapter 7: Careers as Journeys
Chapter 8: Careers as Roles
Chapter 9: Careers as Relationships
Chapter 10: Careers as Resources
Chapter 11: Careers as Stories
Part III: Careers in Practice
Chapter 12: Career Self-Management
Chapter 13: Career Counseling and Helping
Chapter 14: Organizational Career Management


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For Lecturers:

  • PowerPoint slides to accompany each chapter
  • A comprehensive Instructors Manual, including additional in-class activities designed for each chapter
  • Over 20 additional career case studies, with author commentaries

  • For Students:
  • Multiple choice quizzes per chapter for revision
  • Web links from the book, to encourage further exploration
  • Detailed analysis of careers as shown in the Oscar-winning film All about Eve
  • This is a very comprehensive book on careers. It draws on the latest research from the field and nicely categorises the subject into a range of metaphors, which students will like. There is a great mix of case studies, stop and consider points, providing coverage from both an academic and practitioner perspective. The book is extremely well written, providing clear and accessible text to engage the reader. An excellent text for both undergrad and postgrad courses.

    Mrs Gemma E Phillips-Pike
    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of The West of England
    November 27, 2015

    A terrific overview of careers and what a career means in contemporary life and work. A great compendium of theory and practice models, well written and very accessible to both professional and non professional readers interested in understanding the world of career theory and guidance.

    Mr Rob Wood
    Student Services, Southampton University
    June 10, 2015

    great advice for understanding different careers and how to achieve them

    Miss Deborah June Young
    Vocational Education , hit
    May 22, 2015

    Good for HR and OB students in their second year who were planning placements in year 3.

    Mrs Audrey Bland
    The Business School (Poole), Bournemouth University
    February 23, 2015

    good for IAG

    Ms Lorraine Hale
    Hair and Beauty, Buxton and Leek College
    December 6, 2014

    This is an excellent book, it is clearly argued, well-structured and amply illustrated with case material. The initial chapter helps frame content and layout for the reset of the book. The use of case studies and activities brings the subject alive for the students.Thanks, for the broader and holistic understanding of the field.

    Dr Anna Vilanova
    National Institute of Physical Education (INEFC), University of Barcelona
    November 28, 2014

    Good book.
    Like how it broke down into understandable sections.

    Mr Stuart Priestley
    Sport, Myerscough College
    November 27, 2014

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