` John Arnold has written a book which will serve well any student or new practitioner in the area of career management, both in terms of explaining how thinking has developed, and in looking forward to the complexities of the future' - Career Path, Institute Personnel and Development `This book has two purposes for education leaders. It provides understanding of the world of pupils will be moving into. More urgently, because it is not yet sufficiently recognised, it provides a framework for us to consider what is happening to teachers’ careers now’ - School Leadership The book will appeal to several different audiences, particularly those taking human resource modules in MBA and other postgraduate management courses, undergraduates taking special modules in university business schools or psychology departments, and all practising human resource managers, particularly those concerned with career management and (in the UK) those taking the IPD option on career management. The book is not primarily a do-it-yourself career manual, but nevertheless contains much that will assist people to manage their own careers better.
Chapter 6: Career Decision-Making
Career decisions are often assumed to be decisions about what type of occupation to enter. There are two things wrong with this. The first is that, as we know, careers are not necessarily confined to one field of work. The second (well recognized in the counselling literature) is that there are lots of other decisions people may feel they need to make, such as:
- whether to return to employment after childrearing;
- whether to continue their education;
- whether to apply for a particular job;
- whether to accept that job if offered;
- whether to become self-employed.
All of these can be considered career decision-making for our purposes. Nevertheless, much of the available literature treats career decisions as decisions about what type of occupation to enter.