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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Career Development Center

Recommended Reading

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The Parent's Crash Course in Career Planning: Helping Your College Student Succeed

by Marcia Harris & Sharon Jones, NTC Publishing Group, 1996

The Parent's Crash Course in Career Planning helps you and your child find workable solutions to every major career-planning issue. Written by recognized authorities in college career planning, this is an indispensable guide no parent should be without. From freshman orientation through senior year, you'll learn what to do when, where to find help, and how to navigate the waters of career planning to help your child land a satisfying and rewarding job.

Helping your child make the transition from college to career is one of your most important responsibilities as a parent. The Parent's Crash Course in Career Planning is a ready reference that offers tried-and-true advice for every step of the way.

Majoring in Success: Building Your Career While Still in College

by Anthony Arcieri & Marianne E. Green, Octameron Associates, 1999

Want to jump-start your career while you are still hitting the books? College is about more than courses, grades, and majors. It is also rich in "experiential learning" opportunities-- internships, workstudy, campus activities, volunteerism, and co-operative education. Majoring in Success shows you how to use these opportunities to offset college costs, connect with future employers, build a strong resume, prepare for job interviews, and more!

Discover the Career Within You

by Carney Clarke & Cinda Field Wells, Brooks/Cole Publishing Co., 1995

Authors Clarke G. Carney and Cinda Field Wells demonstrate how an assessment of one's skills, interests, and values can lead to a rewarding career - one where students can do what they love and love what they do. From the initial career search to expanding their options once they find the perfect job, this insightful book will help your students every step of the way. Carney and Wells help students discover: · How to gather and assess information on careers · How to integrate the views of their significant others when making occupational choices · How to conduct an effective job campaign · How to adjust to a new work setting Using a life-span framework, the authors demonstrate how career is an integral element in the process of life planning and provide a picture of the skills needed for career success and satisfaction. The new edition offers a focus on current realities, such as the immediacy of the job search, the urgency of student debt, and other complexities.

Major in Success

by Patrick Combs & Jack Canfield, Ten Speed Press, 2003

How do you figure out what career you would truly love while you're still in college? What's the best way to pick a major? How can you get and stay motivated? Finally, a book that answers the important questions about being a successful student! With so much at stake during the college years - your career, your success, your future, your happiness - you need smart, savvy, and inspiring ideas to ensure you excel. Author Patrick Combs helps you discover your passion, and reveals how to make the most of your college years and land a dream job. In this revised edition, you'll find new resources, updated websites, the latest job market research, a new handy appendix, and fresh success stories. Whatever your dream, whatever your major, whatever your age, MAJOR IN SUCCESS is an investment in your future.

What Color is Your Parachute 2004: A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career

by Richard Bolles, Ten Speed Press, 2003

"WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? HOT AGAIN, 30 YEARS AFTER DEBUT." So ran the headline this past October in the Seattle Times. Actually, it has been "hot" - the best-selling job-hunting book in the world - year after year, for more than three decades now, so much so that it is referred to as "the job-hunters' bible." Each year it is updated, and sometimes vastly rewritten, by the author, giving first-time and veteran readers alike something new to discover. For those who have not read an updated version in recent years, this is a reminder of why, in the words of Fortune magazine, "PARACHUTE remains the gold standard of career guides."

You're On Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me) : Mentoring Your Child During the College Years

by Marjorie Savage, Simon & Schuster, 2003

Parents whose kids are away at college have a tough tightrope to walk: they naturally want to stay connected to their children, yet they also need to let go. What's more, kids often send mixed messages: they crave space, but they rely on their parents' advice and assistance. Not surprisingly, it's hard to know when it's appropriate to get involved in your child's life and when it's better to back off.

You're On Your Own (But I'm Here If You Need Me) helps parents identify the boundaries between necessary involvement and respect for their child's independence. Marjorie Savage, who as a parent herself empathizes with moms and dads, but who as a student services professional understands kids, offers advice on wide-ranging issues.

Don't Tell Me What to do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years

by Helen E. Johnson & Christine Schelhas-Miller, St. Martin's Griffin, 2000

Does your daughter call home in tears over the latest "crisis," leaving you feeling helpless and concerned? Is your son confused about his major? When children leave for college many parents feel uncertain about their shifting role. By emphasizing the importance of being a mentor, Don't Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money shows that parents may have lost control over their college student, but they haven't lost influence. Brimming with humorous case examples and realistic dialogues, this comprehensive guide covers the fundamental college issues,

Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years, Fourth Edition

by Karen Levin-Coburn & Madge Lawrence-Treeger, Quill, 2003

Unlike other college guides targeted at students or about the admissions process, Letting Go is a compassionate, practical and up-to-the-minute self-help handbook for parents dealing with the confusing and conflicting emotions of watching their children go off to college. Using many anecdotes from students, teachers and administrators on the lines, the chapters lead parents through the transitional period from junior year of high school to senior year of college. The authors explain the mind-set of today's college students and what their hopes and fears are and offer parents help in figuring out when to encourage their child's independence and when to come to the rescue. With all-new sections on campus life, as well as the latest facts on the Internet and its impact on the admissions process, academics and student life, this is a must-have guide for every concerned parent.

Empty Nest, Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College

by Andrea Van Steenhouse & Johanna Parker, Simpler Life Press, 1998

Beginning with the senior year in high school, moving through the summer year after graduation, the final departure for college and the freshman year, Andre Van Steenhouse offers a lighthearted, yet savy look at this turbulent time through her generous and compassionate world view, making it lively, humorous, and emotionally resonant. She has interviewed hundreds of families making this difficult passage and includes their stories while providing her trademark sensitivity for handling each stage of the journey.

When Your Kid Goes to College; A Parents' Survival Guide

by Carol Barkin, Avon, 1999

You've taught them how to do their laundry, brought them a year's supply of toothpaste and shampoo, and lectured them on the do's and dont's of life beyond your home. The time has come for your child to leave for college - but are you prepared to say goodbye? Written by a mother who survived the perils of packing her own child off to school, When Your Kid Goes to College provides supportive, reassuring, and helpful tips for handling this inevitable but difficult separation.