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Thursday, December 2, 2021
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6 books on careers to add to your fall 2021 reading list

Whether you’re looking to pick up some new career counselling strategies, explore issues of equity and social justice in careers, or shift your relationship to change, you’ll want to check out these 2021 titles. While some are written for career practitioners, others may also be of interest to jobseekers, students and professionals.

Career Development for Diverse Clients – Roberta A. Borgen

This textbook examines the unique challenges that individuals from a variety of populations may face as they move their careers forward while simultaneously challenging complex barriers to their employment and career success. Each of its 35 chapters is written or revised by someone with specialized knowledge or lived experience in the area of diversity being examined.

Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change – April Rinne

A world in flux calls for a new mindset, one that treats constant change and uncertainty as a feature, not a bug. Author April Rinne delves into eight flux superpowers to help people reshape their relationship with change:

  • Run slower
  • See what’s invisible
  • Get lost
  • Start with trust
  • Know your “enough”
  • Create your portfolio career
  • Be all the more human (and serve other humans)
  • Let go of the future
Future Sense: See the Forest and the Trees – H B Gelatt

Future Sense is the final decision-making framework from H B Gelatt, creator of Positive Uncertainty, who passed away in 2021. It is the culmination of 60 years of studying, speaking and writing about decision-making. The book presents an approach for travelling the journey to the future that requires individuals to be open, playful, curious and creative to uncover what lies within.

Gaining Cultural Competence in Career Counseling, 2nd Edition ­– Kathy M. Evans and Aubrey L. Sejuit

This book, published by the NCDA, goes into depth on issues connected to diversity, equity, social justice and career counselling, as well as career theories, assessment and ethics. The first four chapters focus on the foundational skills for effective counselling across cultures. The next five chapters integrate multicultural competencies with career and social justice counselling competencies.

The Oxford Handbook of Career Development – Edited by Peter J. Robertson, Tristram Hooley, and Phil McCash

This book engages in a transdisciplinary and international dialogue that explores current ideas and debates from a variety of viewpoints including socio-economic, political, educational and social justice perspectives. It is divided into three sections. The first section explores the economic, educational, and public policy contexts within which careers are enacted. The second examines career theory. The third section addresses the broad spectrum of helping practices.

Check out a review of The Oxford Handbook by career practitioner Andrea Christensen on CareerWise.

Working Twice as Hard: The Reality of Entrepreneurship for Black Women – Quinisha Jackson-Wright

Working Twice as Hard is a guide for Black women who want to know the good, bad and ugly of entrepreneurship. Author Quinisha Jackson-Wright reveals harsh truths about entrepreneurship, like shaky income, loneliness and nightmare clients. The book features stories from Black women business owners about healing from toxic work culture, building a strong support system and setting your own pace in the fast-moving digital era.

Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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Lindsay Purchase Administrator
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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