- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 28, 2000

Books


"Choices for the High School Graduate: A Survival Guide for the 21st Century," by Bryna Fireside, Ferguson Publishing, 1997. This is a helpful guide for students who aren't sure what they want to do. It helps children see beyond graduation into what they might do in life.
"Great Careers in Two Years: The Associate Degree Option," by Paul Phifer, Ferguson Publishing, 1999. Focusing on the community college option, the book lists careers that can begin with two-year degrees.
"Great Jobs for Chemistry Majors ("Great Jobs for . . . " series)" by Mark Rowh, Vgm Career Horizons, 1999. Part of a series of books on jobs linked to fields of study, this book focuses on how science degrees can be translated into credentials for certain jobs.
"Careers for Culture Lovers & Other Artsy Types ("Careers for You" series)," by Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler, Vgm Career Horizons, 1999. The "Careers for You" books cover a wide territory and offer helpful suggestions for finding work that builds on a person's interest.
"Opportunities in Veterinary Medicine Careers," by Robert E. Swope and Sarah Beth Mikesell, Vgm Career Horizons, 1993. The "Opportunities" line of books that Vgm publishes looks in depth at selected fields, such as veterinary medicine, and gives a list of jobs and the education required for getting hired.
"I Want to Be … an Astronaut," by Stephanie Maze, Raintree/Steck Vaughn, 1999. This book is part of a series aimed at the 9-to-12 age group that examines careers such as engineering, culinary arts and aerospace. Each book looks at a profession and gives ideas for learning more about specific jobs. The books also describe the type of education that would be needed for those jobs.
"How to Find the Work You Love," by Laurence G. Boldt, Penguin, 1996.
"The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People," by Carol Eikleberry, Ten Speed, 1995.
"Career Satisfaction and Success: A Guide to Job and Personal Freedom," by Bernard Haldane, JIST Works Inc., 1996.
"Working From the Heart," by Jacqueline McMakin and Sonya Dyer, HarperCollins, 1993.
"Get a Job You Love," by Roxanne Rogers, Dearborn Financial Publishing, 1995.
"I Could Do Anything if I Only Knew What It Was," by Barbara Sher, Dell, 1994.

Organizations


Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation, 600 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 320, Rockville, Md. 20852. Phone: 301/424-9445.
Independent Educational Consultants Association, 4085 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 401, Fairfax, Va. 22030. Phone: 800/808-IECA or 703/591-4850. Web site: www.educationalconsulting.org.
AB Career Changers & Co. in Bethesda provides vocational testing, career counseling, resume assistance and other programs for those choosing a line of work. Director Karen Kaye says the company has a range of clients, including college students choosing a major. Information: 301/654-5155.
BEMW Inc. Counseling and Training in Bethesda conducts self-assessment testing, including Myers-Briggs and Strong tests, to help clients select a career. The company also helps clients write resumes, conduct job searches and prepare for interviews. Information: 301/657-8922.

On line


The Career Key is a free career-advice site (http://www2.ncsu.edu/unity/lockers/users/l/lkj) provided by North Carolina State University that measures personality, helps locate jobs that best fit different types and allows searchers to learn more about those jobs.
Penn State University offers free self-evaluation programs to help students determine their personality style. Web site: www.clat.psu.edu/gems/Other/SelfEval.html.
Escore.com (www.escore.com) offers a free skills-assessment test to help parents determine their child's strengths and weaknesses. The company specializes in selling educational services that are computer-based and include an incentive program for children to help them meet their goals.

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