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An Intelligent Career: Taking Ownership of Your Work and Your Life

An Intelligent Career will change the way you see your career and your life. It is written by three award-winning international scholars, who share the conviction that careers have become both more important and less predictable. Drawing on a wide range of research, they describe how you can apply your intelligence to take ownership of your career.

Using examples and insights from around the globe, the authors explain how you can take stock of your situation; combine assets such as your commitment, experience and relationships; determine future action; and earn greater career success. If you are a manager, consultant, or counselor the authors show how you can support other people’s careers, enabling them to define and meet their career goals and aspirations.

The audio book unfolds in two parts, first encouraging reflection and then turning to action. In Part One, you will come to grips with your own intelligent career experience to date. In Part Two, you will learn how to create and leverage new opportunities offered by the contemporary work environment. Across both parts, you will see how to make the most of changing technologies, globalization of professional networks and new rules of employment. In turn, you will see how to connect what you do for yourself to your impact on the world.

An Intelligent Career is everyone’s resource for pursuing a career in the 21st century that is personally and socially meaningful. It calls on you to take ownership of your career right now, and to pursue your future professional life on your own terms.

 

THE AUTHORS

This audio book is written by three professors deeply focused on the changes in people’s careers around the globe. All three are award-winning educators and researchers, and all three share the same conviction–that responsibility for careers has permanently shifted to the individual worker. In this book they describe how you, the reader, can apply your intelligence to and take ownership of your own career.

Michael B. Arthur is professor of management at Suffolk University, Boston. He has worked extensively on “intelligent careers,” including the development of the Intelligent Career Card Sort career exploration instrument. He is widely known for the Handbook of Career Theory and The Boundaryless Career, and received the Academy of Management’s Everett Hughes Award for distinguished careers scholarship in 2006.

Svetlana N. Khapova is professor of careers and organization studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and director of the VU School of Management and Amsterdam Business Research Institute. She studies how individuals draw on their careers to innovate and uses her research interest to help managers who are part of her PhD programs to bring innovation into their firms.

Julia Richardson is associate professor of human resource management at Curtin Business School in Perth, Australia. She has pursued a global career across Asia, New Zealand, and North America. She is author of The Independent Expatriate, coeditor of New Ways of Organizing Work, and has received multiple awards, including the Emerald Literati Award and Verity International Award, for her teaching and research.