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.
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.
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 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 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.