Develop a Career

Beneficial resources for students in the process of developing a career or adults who are considering a career change.  

Step One:  Learn more about yourself. See the One's Self page for details.
Step Two:  research potential career paths. What does the job market look like in your fields of interest?  What are the projections for that field at the time you will complete the necessary training?
Step Three:  choose a career path and away you go!

This great webpage from the University of Kent in England offers an excellent starting point by presenting the four main stages in choosing a career.

Articles on Careers

"Best Companies to Work"   CNNMoney
Essential Management Skills for Career Advancement
Occupational Outlook Quarterly

Blogs about Careers

5 Career Blogs worth a read   one blogger's recommendations
Career Rocketeer   the Rocket List of what you should be reading
Careers in Theory   Career Group of the University of London
The Grindstone   career blog for women
I Will Teach You to Be Rich   Ramit Sethi writes on psychology, entrepreneurship, careers, and personal finance
Top 50 Career Blogs   from Blog Metrics, ranked by RSS membership, incoming links, Alexa and Technorati rankings, and social media popularity

Career Centers

Career Bright   a wide variety of topics
Career One Stop  a part of the American Job Center Network
CNNMoney Careers  also see my Entrepreneurship page
eParachute  Dick Bolles' site (author of What Color is My Parachute?)
Fox Business Careers
Mind Tools   a site jam packed with valuable information:  leadership, teams, strategy, decisions, time and project management, stress, and creativity
MLA Career Resources   Modern Language Association's source for academic professionals
Quintessential Careers
Wall Street Journal  also see their career how-to guide

Career Change   inspiration and advice
"Is a Career Change the Right Move for You?" 
  The Guardian article, April 30, 2012
"The Key to a Successful Career Shift: asking for help"
  Forbes article, 2013
Midlife Career Change Advice from a Career Coach
"Ten Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Change"
  Susan Eckert article (she's a life coach)


The Oxford Program  New York-based career guidance program

SixFigureStart   is a personal and professional coaching company.  They offer many free resources.


DNA of Leadership   three key people every company must have  This is a great website for both companies and individuals. They offer a free 21st Century Leadership course at Udemy. 
Leadapreneur   subscribe to their YouTube channel for quick access to great advice
Hay Group   leadership consultants who operate globally
Clarion Enterprises   a Canadian-based company focusing on presentation skills, leadership, and emotional intelligence

List of Careers

Discover your career options:

"100 Best Jobs of 2014"  U.S. News & World Report article includes salary information and sample current job listings.
12,000 Career Choices   includes educational requirements, job duties, salary range, and work environment information. Also contains links to career interest and personality tests to see if that particular career choice might be right for you.
Career Clusters   start your research on an industry here.
Career Interest List for Kids   I checked out what they said about the Librarian job market and salary range and found it to be quite accurate.
Career Profiles   explore careers by field and specialty
Top 300 Highest Paying Jobs in America   taken from U.S. Dept. of Labor statistics, 2011


Let's make sure we are all on the same page here, because according to the authors of Difficult Conversations, people sometimes have difficulty distinguishing between the following:

Commanding     I decided, I tell you my decision
Consulting         I ask for your input, then I decide and tell you
Collaborating/Negotiating     We decide together
Delegating         You decide
(excerpt from the "Ten Questions People Ask About Difficult Conversations" section)

Great Bosses  Jill Geisler column
What Great Bosses KnowItunes audio podcasts from Jill Geisler of Poynter Institute  This is a great website for both companies and individuals. They offer a free 21st Century Leadership course at Udemy.  More details about this course are in the MOOC section below.
SHL Talent Measurement Solutions offers employee assessment packages to aid in your selection of employees. For more information on why employee assessment is important, see my One's Self page. There, you will find many free resources as well.

Performance Management   a manager's toolkit courtesy of Stanford University.  Includes resources for both managers and employees


Enhance your Career and Employability Skills   free six week course and the University of London's Career Group.  Among their great resources is a handout called "Confused Career Thinking" to aid in decisionmaking.

See the MOOCs section of the Entrepreneurship page for many resources on leadership, management, and business in general.

Health Literacy and Communication for Health Professionals   a free course from the University of Nebraska Medical Center


Business Balls   great team-building games, ice-breaker ideas, quotes, analogies, presentation tips and much more.   a great site for finding employment for young people or others who wish to work part time or set their own. Also a phenomenal resource for families to find paid help, and a totally free site for job seekers. We’re the world’s largest online marketplace for families to find child care, pet care, special needs care, and more, with over 12 million active families on our site posting thousands of new jobs daily in a variety of categories. Babysitting, Nannying, and pet sitting are extremely popular flexible job choices for teens, college students, recent grads, and young adults looking for a way to earn spending money, or to help with loans and tuition costs. We also have a ton of professional resources for teens and career caregivers that have helped thousands in their own job searches

Salary Calculator


Career Planning Tutorial   from

Book Suggestions

Check these out at your local public library -- woohoo! or purchase a copy online from one of these booksellers.

Visit Scenic (Pearson Education)

Alibris: Books, Music, & Movies

The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention: Essential Survival Skills for Any Economy      Pamela Mitchell

100 Fastest-Growing Careers: Your Complete Gudebook to Major Jobs with the Most Growth and Openings      J. Michael Farr, 2006

150 Best Jobs for a Secure Future       Laurence Shatkin, 2012

The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life      Marci Alboher, 2013

Enhanced Occupational Outlook Handbook     Jlist Publishing, 2009

Getting a Job in Automotive Care and Service      Mindy Mozer, 2014

Getting a Job in Health Care     Corona Brezina, 2014

Getting a Job in Law Enforcement, Security, and Corrections      Mary-Lane Kamberg, 2014

Green Jobs for a New Economy: The Career Guide to Emerging Opportunities     Peterson's

I Got My Dream Job and So Can You: 7 Steps to Creating Your Ideal Career After College      Pete Liebman, 2012

Jobs in Sustainable Energy     Corona Brezina

Laptop Lifestyle - How to Quit Your Job and Make a Good Living on the Internet      Chris King

  • Volume One: "quick start guide to making money online."
  • Volume Two: "how to create and sell your own products."
  • Volume Three:  "bonus internet marketing techniques." 
  • Volume Four:  "from dream to reality - the online success planner and work."

Management Basics for Information Professionals   Evans and Ward 2nd ed., 2007

The One-Minute Manager   Blanchard and Johnson, 1982

Power Verbs: the complete collection     Michael and Michelle Faulkner, 2013 --set of five ebooks for mentors, presenters, job seekers, and managers     Purchase from FTPress

Presentation Skills that will Take You to the Top     Jerry Weissman, 2013
Purchase from FTPress

Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement     Nancy Collamer, 2013

So Good They Can't Ignore You   Cal Newport

Starting your Career as a Freelance Web Designer     Neil Tortorella

Talk to Strangers: how everyday, random encounters can expand your business, career, income, and life     David Topus, 2012

Top 100 Health-Care Careers: your complete guidebook to training and jobs in allied health, nursing, medicine, and more Dr. Saul and Edith Wischnitzer, 2010

Windmill Networking: Understanding, Leveraging & Maximizing Linkedin      Neal Schaffer, 2009

VA Secrets Revealed!  An insider's guide to being a successful virtual assistant      Allysa Gregory, 2008

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2014: A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career Changers     Richard Nelson Bolles - this book is published annually.

What Color Is Your Parachute? for Teens: Discovering Yourself, Defining Your Future   2nd ed.