Each book in this series combines information about a real-life career with practical steps toward building character, as well as facts about educational requirements and skills necessary for these popular careers.
The entire series is not available in hardcover. There are 12 out of 18 volumes available.
Dr. Ernestine G. Riggs, Loyola University of Chicago, Educational Leadership Consultant
Dr. Cheryl Gholar, University of Illinois, Former White House Character-Building Consultant
* This series examines professional demands in particular occupations while including the incorporation of ethics and values. * Each chapter includes realistic scenarios posing questions to readers about a specific value such as integrity and trustworthiness. * The books include information on necessary academic requirements and job performance, related career opportunities, future employment outlook, and approximate salary range. One volume also considers career assessment surveys. * There are colorful photos, sidebars, and thought-provoking questions. * This unique series is an invaluable resource for introducing occupations with which many students may be unfamiliar. * Highly Recommended
"Of greatest interest are the real life vignettes that lead off most chapters in this book; they frame the ethical elements that are so important in professional life. Topics such as confidentiality, conflict of interest, person-centered service, and diligence are presented in turn in a way that should help readers to ponder regarding their own values."
"...this is a unique and beneficial resource for young adults making decisions about their futures, as well as for high school or even college counselors to use with students. It is a reminder that careers are more than salary and perks; they might possibly be a means of influencing the world."
Find out what career assessments really mean... Career assessment tools can help you understand yourself and the world better by allowing you to match your interests and skills to the real-life world of employment. These tools include: * The Strong Interest Inventory; * The Campbell Interest and Skill Survey; * The Self-Directed Search; * Computer and Internet career guidance programs; and * Card sorts. These assessment tools can help get you started on your road to the future. Whatever career you choose, you'll need education, experience...and the core qualities of a good character. As you look toward the world of work, Career Assessments & Their Meanings can help you make a realistic plan based on character issues, career requirements, and your own unique talents and interests.
Find out what it takes to be a childcare worker with character... Childcare workers do their jobs in: * Family homes; * Daycare centers; * Preschools; * The workers' own homes; and * After- and before-school programs. Taking care of children in these settings doesn't necessarily require a lot of experience--but it does require the right character. If you think you might want to be a childcare worker, you'll need... Respect for each child's individuality... The self-discipline and diligence to read the same story four times in a row... And plenty of responsibility and trustworthiness, so that parents will feel comfortable trusting their children to your care. Children are tomorrow's citizens. If you care for them with integrity, compassion, courage, and diligence, you'll be helping them to grow strong, healthy, and happy. You'll make a difference in their lives. Childcare workers have the power to touch the future! This volume of Careers with Character will show you how.
Find out what it takes to be a member of the clergy... Clergy are men and women who serve as spiritual leaders. * They direct people toward God. * They explain the sacred writings of their faith. * They prepare public worship services. * They provide comfort and advice to people struggling with family or personal problems. * They lead ceremonies that mark life's most significant events, like birth, marriage, and death. To do these things, clergy need all the core qualities of a good character. They need compassion to help others... A sense of justice to treat everyone fairly... Respect for confidential problems... And courage to confront challenges. If being a member of the clergy interests you, find out what education, experiences, and character you'll need to succeed--read Clergy.
Find out what it takes to be a computer programmer with character... Computer programmers work in: * The computer and data-processing industry; * Engineering; * Management; * Telecommunications; * Banks; * Hospitals; * Government; * Research laboratories; and * A host of other industries. In our modern world, the field of computer programming is constantly expanding. Employers are seeking programmers who are skilled and conscientious. That's why computer programmers need: Integrity to honor property rights, including copyrights and patents... Self-discipline to stick with long and detailed jobs... And respect for the privacy of others. Do you think you might have the skills, interests, and character you need to succeed in this career? Computer Programmer will help you decide.
Find out what it takes to be a financial advisor with character... Financial advisors show people better ways to manage their money. They help their clients: * Invest in stocks and bonds; * Save for the future; * Plan for home ownership; * Set aside funds for their children's college education; and * Look ahead toward retirement. Find out what you'll need if you pursue a career in this field: The education... The experience... The integrity... And the respect for others. Financial Advisor will tell you what you'll need.
Find out what it takes to be a firefighter with character... Applicants for paid fire-fighting jobs must usually meet several requirements: * A written exam; * Tests of strength, physical stamina, coordination, and agility; and * A medical examination that includes drug screening. Training programs can help you prepare for this job--but to be a good firefighter you'll need more than any program can offer. Firefighters need character qualities like courage to face dangerous situations... Self-discipline to work hard even when they're tired... A sense of justice to protect all members of society equally... And a sense of citizenship to responsibly serve society with compassion and integrity. Do you have what it takes to do the job? Read Firefighter and decide.
Find out what it takes to be a homeland security officer... Across North America, homeland security officers protect us all, in a variety of ways, through various agencies: * Uniformed police officers; * Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs; * State troopers; * Police detectives; * Drug Enforcement Agency agents; * Marshals and deputy marshals; * Immigration and naturalization agents and inspectors; * Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents; * Customs agents and inspectors; * Royal Service Agents; and * Coast Guard Officers. Employers in this field look for candidates with education, experience...and character. These officers have the opportunity to serve their communities with courage, fairness, diligence, and integrity. The job is challenging--but with the core qualities of a good character, homeland security officers make a difference in the world. Homeland Security Officer will tell you how.
Find out what it takes to be a journalist with character... Journalists have many career areas from which to choose. Some of the most common include: * News reporter; * Editor; * Investigative reporter; * Magazine writer; * Freelance writer; and * Foreign correspondent. Most employers in this field require experience as well as education, and equally important is character. Without the core qualities of a good character, journalists' work does not benefit those it serves. That's why journalists need: Integrity to report a story accurately... Compassion and respect for human beings who need their stories told... And courage to face dangerous situations and withstand pressure. Journalists have the power to fight injustice, ignorance, poverty, and prejudice. Journalist will show you how.
Find out what it takes to be a manager with character... Managers work in all career areas. Whatever their field, they need the core qualities of a good character. * Retail store managers need self-control, conscientiousness, and service orientation. * Bank managers need respect for confidentiality and a sense of fairness toward all clients regardless of the economic circumstances. * IRS managers need communication skills, diligence, and the ability to work well in a team. * Law enforcement officials need self-control, compassion, fairness, and integrity. * CEOs of large corporations need leadership and communication skills. Do you think you have what it takes to be a manager? Manager can help you decide.
Find out what it takes to be a member of the military... The military has several branches: * Army, * Navy, * Air Force, and * Marines. Each branch offers a wide variety of opportunities, including the elite forces. Do you think you might like to dedicate a portion of your life to the service of your country? The major requirement for military service is strength of character; that means you must posses qualities like trustworthiness... Respect... Responsibility... Fairness... And citizenship. If these traits are yours, a career in the military may interest you--and it could lead to successful civilian employment as well. Military & Elite Forces Officer will tell you how.
Find out what it takes to be a nurse with character... Nurses work in many settings, including: * Hospitals; * Clinics; * Medical centers; * Nursing homes; * Schools; and * Private homes. These professionals need strong backgrounds in science, psychology, and math. They also need the right personality for the job and the right character. Nurses need to demonstrate: Integrity by dealing honestly with patients... Respect and compassion by aiding those who are sick or in pain... And courage to face crises with strength and endurance. Nurses touch the lives of others. Read Nurse and find out how.
Find out what it takes to be a politician with character... Politicians have opportunities to confront some of today's important issues, things like: * Environmental concerns; * Abortion; * Education; * Welfare reform; * Gun control; * National security; * Tax reform; * Child protection; * Women's concerns; and * Homelessness. If you feel strongly about issues like these, you may want to consider a career in politics. If you do, you'll need education...experience...and character. Because of their power, politicians face many occasions where they must choose between right and wrong. Do you have what it takes for this exciting career? Politician can help you decide.
Find out what it takes to be a professional athlete or sports official... The sports world offers many opportunities. Professionals work as: * Athletes, * Coaches, * Umpires and referees, and * Other sports officials. The world of professional sports is exciting--and demanding. You'll need physical coordination, strength, endurance...and a good character. As an athlete, coach, or sports official, you must demonstrate integrity, so that others will trust your leadership... Have the courage to stand up for what is right... Be self-disciplined enough to stick to your career until you succeed... Act on behalf of your community, demonstrating your citizenship. Find out more about this exciting career--read Professional Athlete & Sports Official.
Find out what it takes to be a psychologist with character... Psychologists can specialize in a variety of areas, including: * Experimental psychology; * Physiological psychology; * Development psychology; * Social psychology; * Clinical psychology; * School psychology; * Industrial psychology; and * Counseling psychology. Although professionals in this field need strong educational backgrounds, they also need: The diligence to follow through on long-term treatments or research... Respect and compassion for other human beings who are in emotional pain... And a sense of justice that enables them to treat each patient or client fairly. Few other professionals relate so closely with other human beings. If you pursue a career in psychology, you will have opportunities to help individuals become emotionally healthier and happier. Psychologists have the power to teach society better ways to live. Read Psychologist and find out how.
Find out what it takes to be a research scientist with character... Research scientists work to develop new products and techniques that improve human lives. These scientists can be: * Biochemists; * Botanists; * Marine biologists; * Microbiologists; * Physiologists; or * Zoologists. Whatever their field, researchers investigate ways to heal diseases, create new inventions, and explore the world around us. Professionals in this field need strong backgrounds in science and math--and equally strong characters. When researchers combine their desire to know more about the world with Integrity... Compassion... Diligence... And courage, they make the world a better place for us all to live. Find out about this exciting field. Read Research Scientist.
Find out what it takes to be a social worker with character... Social workers help children and adults identify their problems, decide on effective solutions, and find reliable resources. They do this in a variety of settings, including: * Community centers; * Settlement houses; * Schools; * Hospitals; * Prisons; and * Nursing homes. In order to enter the field of social work, a bachelor's degree is required, and many jobs require a master's as well. Academic knowledge alone is not enough, though. Because social workers enter their clients' lives in times of trouble, need or crisis, they need to possess all the qualities of a good character. Clients need a worker who is trustworthy, compassionate, and fair; one who is responsible in his or her work, and who practices self-discipline and good citizenship toward all clients. Social workers with these qualities will have the opportunity to do a world of good in their communities. Read Social Worker and find out how.
Find out what it takes to be a special education teacher with character... Special education teachers work with students who have one of these disabilities: * Speech or language impairments; * Mental retardation; * Emotional disturbance; * Learning disabilities; * Hearing impairments; * Visual impairments; * Autism; * Deaf-blindness; or * Multiple disabilities and other health impairments. If you think you might want to work with students who have disabilities like these, you'll need education and experience--but you will also need the qualities of a good character. Special education teachers with character have... The respect and compassion that will build children's self-esteem... The responsibility to teach students the skills they'll need to move toward independence... The courage to stand up for those who have often been rejected... And the diligence to keep going, one small step after another, so that one day students will look back and be amazed by how far they've come. Special education teachers make a difference in children's lives! This volume of Careers with Characters will show you how.
Find out what it takes to be a veterinarian with character... Veterinarians need many skills, including: * The ability to analyze problems; * Knowledge of new developments and techniques in veterinarian medicine; * The confidence to handle animals who are sick or injured; and * Communication skills for speaking with animal owners and other professionals. Veterinarians don't only work with animals; they also work with people. That's why these professionals need the core qualities of good character-- Integrity... Compassion... Courage... Responsibility... A sense of fairness... Self-discipline... And citizenship. A career in veterinary medicine can be both rewarding and exciting. Veterinarian will tell you more.
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