Career and Vocational Exploration

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You Majored In What? Mapping Your Path From Chaos to Career
Brooks K. You Majored In What? Mapping Your Path From Chaos to Career. Plume; 2010.Abstract

Dr. Katharine Brooks provides a road map for twenty-somethings, replacing obsolete thinking that "major = career," and instead using positive psychology, mapping techniques, and experimental wanderings to help job seekers reframe their skills. Brooks provides effective strategies to help readers mine their academic and life experiences for new insights into landing jobs with the best employers, and finding alternatives when the situation calls for a Plan B.  You Majored in What? offers a practical and proven approach to reframing experiences, discovering overlooked opportunities, and finding a true calling, regardless of your undergraduate major or the state of the job market.

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The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students about Vocation
Clydesdale T. The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students about Vocation. University of Chicago Press; 2015.Abstract

We all know that higher education has changed dramatically over the past two decades. Historically a time of exploration and self-discovery, the college years have been narrowed toward an increasingly singular goal—career training—and college students these days forgo the big questions about who they are and how they can change the world and instead focus single-mindedly on their economic survival. In The Purposeful Graduate, Tim Clydesdale elucidates just what a tremendous loss this is, for our youth, our universities, and our future as a society. At the same time, he shows that it doesn’t have to be this way: higher education can retain its higher cultural role, and students with a true sense of purpose—of personal, cultural, and intellectual value that cannot be measured by a wage—can be streaming out of every one of its institutions ... The key, he argues, is simple: direct, systematic, and creative programs that engage undergraduates on the question of purpose. Backing up his argument with rich data from a Lilly Endowment grant that funded such programs on eighty-eight different campuses, he shows that thoughtful engagement of the notion of vocational calling by students, faculty, and staff can bring rich rewards for all those involved: greater intellectual development, more robust community involvement, and a more proactive approach to lifelong goals. Nearly every institution he examines—from internationally acclaimed research universities to small liberal arts colleges—is a success story, each designing and implementing its own program, that provides students with deep resources that help them to launch flourishing lives.

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The Path to Purpose: How Young People Find Their Calling
Damon W. The Path to Purpose: How Young People Find Their Calling. Free Press; 2008.Abstract

Drawing on the revelatory results of a landmark study, William Damon--one of the country's leading writers on the lives of young eoeple, who book Greater Expecations won hte Parents' Choice Award--brilliantly investigates the most pressing issue in hthe lives of youth today: why so many young people are "failing to launch." Damon offers compelling portraits of young people who are thriving and identifies the nine key factors that have made the difference for them, presenting simple but powerful methods that parents and all adults can and must employ in order to cultivate that energized sense of purpose in young people that will launch them on the path to a deeply satisfying and productive life.

Essential Enneagram: The Definitive Personality Test and Self-Discovery Guide
Daniels, David and Price V. Essential Enneagram: The Definitive Personality Test and Self-Discovery Guide. HarperOne; 2009.Abstract

The most fundamental guide to the Enneagram ever offered, this book features effective self-tests to determine simply and accurately what your personality type is. Daniels and Price provide step-by-step instructions for taking inventory of how you think, what you feel, and what you experience. They then guide you in your discovery of what your type means for your personal well-being and your relationships with others, and they show you how to maximize your inherent strengths. Brimming with empowering information for each of the nine personality types—Perfectionist, Giver, Performer, Romantic, Observer, Loyal Skeptic, Epicure, Protector, and Mediator—this one-of-a-kind book equips you with all the tools you need to dramatically enhance your quality of life.

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A Sacred Voice is Calling: Personal Vocation and Social Conscience
Neafsey J. A Sacred Voice is Calling: Personal Vocation and Social Conscience. Orbis Books; 2006.Abstract

What does it mean to find and follow our personal calling? How do we distinguish between the "still, small voice" of our authentic vocation and all of the other competing counterfeit voices in ourselves and in our culture? Specifically, how do we balance the inward listening to our hearts and the need to listen with our hearts to the realities and needs of our world? Drawing widely on the wisdom of saints, sages, and the traditions of spiritual direction, Neafsey describes a path to living in the place, as Frederick Buechner has put it, "where our deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."

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Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Palmer P. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. Jossey-Bass; 1999.Abstract

With wisdom, compassion, and gentle humor, Parker J. Palmer invites us to listen to the inner teacher and follow its leadings toward a sense of meaning and purpose. Telling stories from his own life and the lives of others who have made a difference, he shares insights gained from darkness and depression as well as fulfillment and joy, illuminating a pathway toward vocation for all who seek the true calling of their lives.

Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith
Parks SD. Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith. Jossey-Bass; 2011.Abstract

Building on the foundation she established with her ground-breaking book, The Critical Years, Parks invites us to take up responsibility for providing thoughtful mentorship and mentoring environments during the wilderness years of young adulthood. In this updated edition she addresses recent current events: violence in our culture, smart phones, mixed spirituality/religious identities, social media/networking, the economic crisis, changing racial identity, cultural shifts and other forces shaping the narrative of young adulthood today. She provides concrete ways of employing the theory in different types of mentoring communities, more on the relationship between meaning-making (faith/religion/spirituality) and disciplinary learning and includes new (and more timely) stories and illustrations.

The Great Adventure: Volunteer Stories of Life Overseas and A Life Inspired: Tales of Peace Corps Service
eds. Peace Corps. The Great Adventure: Volunteer Stories of Life Overseas and A Life Inspired: Tales of Peace Corps Service.; Forthcoming.Abstract

Volunteer stories of their experiences serving in the Peace Corps.

The Chaos Theory of Careers: A New Perspective on Working in the Twenty-First Century
Pryor, Robert and Bright J. The Chaos Theory of Careers: A New Perspective on Working in the Twenty-First Century. Routledge; 2011.Abstract

The Chaos Theory of Careers outlines the application of chaos theory to the field of career development. It draws together and extends the work that the authors have been doing over the last 8 to 10 years...This text represents a new perspective on the nature of career development. It emphasizes the dimensions of careers frequently neglected by contemporary accounts of careers such as the challenges and opportunities of uncertainty, the interconnectedness of current life and the potential for information overload, career wisdom as a response to unplanned change, new approaches to vocational assessment based on emergent thinking, the place of spirituality and the search for meaning and purpose in, with and through work, the integration of being and becoming as dimensions of career development.

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Strengths Finder 2.0
Rath T. Strengths Finder 2.0. Gallup; 2007.Abstract

Book version of the Gallup Strengths Finder test, plus activities and strategies for finding ways to maximize your talents while doing what you love. 

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Claiming Our Callings: Toward a New Understanding of Vocation in the Liberal Arts
eds Schwehn, Kaethe and Lagerquist DAL. Claiming Our Callings: Toward a New Understanding of Vocation in the Liberal Arts. Oxford; 2014.Abstract

Kaethe Schwehn and L. DeAne Lagerquist offer perspectives from fourteen professors at St. Olaf College on the value of vocation, showing how a focus on one's calling rather than on success or credentials paves the way for the civic good sought by defenders of liberal arts education. The essays in this volume exemplify the reflective practices at the heart of liberal arts, for faculty and students alike. Martin E. Marty once said that "The vocation of St. Olaf is vocation," and the contributors draw on their experiences teaching in a range of departments-from biology and economics to history and religion-to reflect on both their calling as professors and their practices for fostering students' ability to identify their own vocations. These scholars' varied notions of how vocation is best understood and cultivated reveal the differing religious commitments and pedagogical practices present within their college community. Together they demonstrate how the purposes of their own lives intersect creatively with the purposes of higher education and the needs of their students and the world.

Leading Lives that Matter: What We Should Do, and Who We Should Be
Schwen, Mark and Bass D. Leading Lives that Matter: What We Should Do, and Who We Should Be. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; 2006.Abstract

From the book jacket: Leading Lives That Matter draws together a wide range of texts -- including fiction, autobiography, and philosophy -- offering challenge and insight to those who are thinking about what to do with their lives. Instead of giving prescriptive advice, Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass approach the subject of vocation as an ongoing conversation.

 

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World
Seelig T. What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World. HaperOne; 2009.Abstract

Advice for young adults, including the transition from school to career, entrepreneurship, and how to turn mistakes and challenges into opportunities.