Career Development and Job Satisfaction


Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU001030; EDU031000

This book examines and expands understanding and career development competencies for diverse purposes and audiences as well as highlights key areas to consider to enhance job satisfaction within organizations. This book is suitable for academics, researchers, faculty, doctoral and graduate students, policy makers, business managers, and practitioners from organizations and agencies. The foundational knowledge of this book will serve as a reference point for organizational leaders, business managers, and practitioners, and will also prompt future academic research.

Career development and job satisfaction are important issues for organizations. It is the evolutional process an individual experiences to advance their occupational status, deciding to align personal needs and wants to that of their career advancement opportunities. Career development revolves around work-related experiences and—in some cases—the rise above ranks into the occupational roles occupied by individuals in their workplace. As such, career development also requires planning. An individual’s career planning and the organization’s planning should have an integration point to develop appropriate career paths and developmental strategies. Job satisfaction is the inward fulfillment that comes from work experience and acts as motivation for work. The fulfillment here comes with the attainment of specific goals and objectives that are personal to an employee. Fundamentally, job satisfaction is the combination of psychological, physiological, and environmental factors that can cause an employee to experience the effects of fulfillment, joy, and value in an organization. The end result of successful career development and job satisfaction practices will result in both individuals and organizations to better adapt and successfully navigate a competitive business and organizational climate while equipping them to face a promising future.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Understanding and Developing Career Readiness Competencies
Zebulun R. Davenport – Division of Student Affairs, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, USA
Jennifer Rossi Long – Twardowski Career Development Center, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, USA

Chapter 2. Career Readiness: Establishing Workforce Competencies and Implications for Practice in Higher Education
Jerrid P. Freeman – Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA
Shannon B. Schwaebler – Career Services, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA

Chapter 3. Microcredentialing for Career Readiness Development: How Innovation between Academic and Student Affairs Created a Credentialing Infrastructure for Student Success
Lindsey Ward  – Career and Leadership Development Center, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA
Imants Jaunarajs and Megan Vogel – Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA
Jeremy Schaffer – Conference and Event Services, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA

Chapter 4. The Influence of Work Motivation and Job Satisfaction on the Multigenerational Workforce in Federal Student Aid
Dallas B. Mallory – Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education, Chicago, IL, USA
Marlon I. Cummings – College of Education, Governors State University, University Park, IL, USA

Chapter 5. Getting the First Job out of Graduate School: How Faculty Can Use Career Theory and Coaching to Support Students’ Job Searches and Life Planning
Sonja Ardoin – Student Affairs Administration Program, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, USA
David J. Nguyen – Patton College of Education, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA

Chapter 6. Crafting Your Own Career Development Plan: Lessons from Community College Leaders
Matthew A. Cooney – College of Education, Governors State University, University Park, IL, USA
Maryann Orawczyk – Educational Administration Department, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI, USA
John H. Long – Student Services and Development, Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL, USA

Chapter 7. Utilizing Personality and Strengths Assessments to Increase Job Satisfaction
Mary D. Fitzpatrick and Terri Eakins Division of Student Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL, USA

Chapter 8. Recovering from Job Loss in Middle Adulthood
Amanda A. Turner – Division of Student Affairs, Pensacola State College, Pensacola, FL, USA

Chapter 9. Mitigating the Negative Effects of Impostor Phenomenon on Career Development and Job Satisfaction
Ticily Medley – Advising and Counseling Services, Tarrant County College, South Campus, Fort Worth, TX, USA

Chapter 10. Navigating Racism and Sexism: Supporting Black Women Career Advancement
Tamekia M. Scott – Edquity-Minded Consulting, Lindenhurst, IL, USA
Carrie Kortegast – Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA

Chapter 11. Optimize Job Satisfaction through a Theoretically-Based Service Delivery Model
V. Casey Dozier – Career Center/Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA
Tory E. Dellafiora – Career Center, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA

Chapter 12. A Three-Pronged Integrative Onboarding Approach for Senior Leaders: Insights from Academic, Non-Profit, and Corporate Contexts
Michel R. Frendian – Spelman Johnson, Easthampton, MA, USA
Tiffany G. Green – Exponential Talent LLC, Alameda, CA, USA
Deborah K. Martin – Office of Student Affairs, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Chapter 13. The Elasticity of the T-Professional: Skills and Competencies for Job Crafting Success
Heather N. Maietta – Department of Education, Regis College, Weston, MA, USA
Philip D. Gardner – Collegiate Employment Research Institute, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA



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