Empowering readers with ways to approach career planning that will have lifelong advantages, this action-oriented handbook covers what everyone entering the workforce needs to know about making career choices, searching for suitable internships and jobs, and succeeding in the workplace of the 21st century. Optimistic and personal, it addresses a wide range of topics, gets readers motivated with numerous activities for self-assessment and research, and comes rich with case examples. Builds upon a sound theoretical framework that focuses on three major areas corresponding to three essential tasks-1) searching for information (exploration); 2) setting your career direction (specification) and; 3) making your work experience count (implementation). Examines such areas as internship/job search, academic planning and decision making, and career management skills. Introduces a systematic approach to career exploration providing easy-to-remember, practical models for defining career issues. Shows how to deal with the vast transformation of the workplace brought about by technological, social, and economic forces, and stresses the value of work experience and internships as a source of learning about careers. Combines intuitive and rational approaches to career decision making, and identifies internal obstacles to career development and recommends ways for readers to deal with them. Ideal for use in multi-session workshops, continuing education courses, or as a resource for individual counseling and self-help.