The Handbook of Career and Workforce Development provides educators, researchers, and policy makers with information on evidence-based programs and activities. Chapters describe ways that current research can be used to promote the design of more effective career development programs and services at local, state, and national levels. Promising career development practices applicable to a range of settings and special populations are identified, as are strategies for communicating evidence in ways that influence career and workforce development public policy. The Handbook of Career and Workforce Development can be used by policy makers and grant program officers to identify key career development ingredients that should be considered in proposals; researchers seeking to make their career development research relevant and practical; and practitioners implementing or advocating for career development programs and services.
"This rich and cohesive collection of chapters is a terrific resource for those dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness and availability of evidence-based career and workforce development interventions. Themes of equity, access, and social justice pervade this comprehensive text. Practitioners, researchers, and policy makers will find that this handbook saves time and energy by compiling critical information into one compelling, highly readable, and timely source."
Ellen Hawley McWhirter, PhD, Ann Swindells Professor in counseling psychology, University of Oregon
"The competitiveness of today’s business community will increasingly depend on talent. In this handbook, Scott Solberg and Saba Ali have brought together a rich and insightful group of authors to explore the history of career development and how best to support the career aspirations and goals of youth and adults moving forward. This handbook is an important step forward in our national dialogue about how to improve career development and related services for our future workforce."
Jason A. Tyszko, executive director, Center for Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
"Solberg and Ali have created a book that will help to guide and focus future research, policy, and practice. This is a very timely work that covers many critical challenges and opportunities in vocational psychology and career development. Any serious efforts to enhance theory, research, and practice will need to integrate this work."
Richard T. Lapan, PhD, professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
"State policy makers have taken note of the importance of career and workforce development to the national, state, and local economies, and all fifty states are working on improving career and workforce development policies and practices. The authors in The Handbook of Career and Workforce Development provide policy makers, researchers, and practitioners with valuable information concerning promising practices that can be implemented at all levels of education and workforce preparation."
Terry Holliday, PhD, senior advisor for Council of Chief State School Officers
"This handbook is an invaluable guide to those involved in the burgeoning movement to make career development a central focus of our education and workforce development systems. Remarkably comprehensive, the handbook discusses how career development can help a huge range of populations realize their potential, including students from elementary school through college, as well as unemployed adults and those with disabilities."
William C. Symonds, director of the Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University and primary author of the 2011 Harvard report "Pathways to Prosperity"
"This handbook provides a timely examination of evidence-based and emerging practices in career development. It also considers career development strategies within the broader context of education and support services that prepare skilled, adaptable and informed individuals from diverse backgrounds who can navigate career pathways over their lifetimes."
Stephen DeWitt, deputy executive director, Association for Career and Technical Education