Career Management

Ted Talks Playlist: Counterintuitive Career Advice

These talks go beyond the basics, offering insightful advice on how to think about our work lives.

High Performance Habits

LinkedIn Learning presents a Blinkist course summary that discusses the six habits that high performers follow to achieve long-term success and improve their overall well-being.

Career Management for Life

This insightful book provides career guide on how to achieve a satisfying balance between work and personal interests.

Online Courses

Taking Ownership in Your Career

You are responsible for making your own career choices. This course guides you through the process of assessing your career journey thus far. Then based on these findings, discusses how to create your work happy place by staying true to you strengths, values, and interests.

Creating a Career Plan

With a solid career plan, you will be prepared and adept at finding work for the rest of your life. An effective career plan includes knowing how to determine, articulate, and sell your personal brand.

Rock Your LinkedIn Profile

This course teaches you how to create a LinkedIn profile that brings your personal career story to life, whether you’re just starting out, seeking to advance, or making a career change.

Power Skills

Learn more in the areas of interpersonal communication, developing a growth and adaptive mind-set, self-discovery and time management.


Develop strategies to help you manage when you're the one not being listened to, how to keep yourself from interrupting, and how to listen to what's not being said.

Communication Best Practices

The best communication method in situations.


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Moving the Needle: Get Clear, Get Free, and Get Going in Your Career, Business and Life

Helping readers break the inertia and get moving in the right direction, this highly practical guide outlines a change process that can be applied to professional or personal goals, giving readers a concrete plan for making big things happen.


Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness

Exploring all the routines, habits, and thought patterns that, over the years, may have turned a dream job into a drudge or, worse, a nightmare, this book offers simple techniques that can help you adopt the attitude that will keep you happy and that might just lead to bigger and better things, no matter what stage of your career you are in.


Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck

You already have everything you need for an amazing career. You've had the chance to develop the four elements all great careers have in common: relationships, skills, character, and hustle. Now it's time to amplify them and apply them in a new way.


What You're Really Meant To Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential

It can often seem so natural and so much easier to just do what everyone else is doing―for now―leaving it for later to develop our best selves and figure out our own unique path. Are you doing what you’re really meant to do? If you’re ready to face this question, this book can help you change your life.

Sites and Tools

Individual Development Plan

The Individual Development Plan helps you identify strengths, set goals and develop an action plan to engage with the wide variety of learning opportunities available at Cal Poly.

SMART Goal Development Guide

SMART goals incorporate the 5 most important aspects of goals that help guide people to be motivated and successful.

Career Services Toolkit

Career Services provides this resource toolkit designed to advance the quality of services to current students, alumni, and faculty/staff.

Google Your Way to a Great Job!

A research guide from the Robert E Kennedy Library with links to a variety of online resources.

Harvard Business Review: Manage Your Work, Manage Your Life

Read what the Harvard Business Review suggests to help you engage meaningfully with work, family, and community.

Forbes Careers Page

A continuously updated collection of articles with practical career advice.

Books to Purchase

Looking for new book? Want to work on your professional development skills? Here's a list of entertaining and informative reads that check both of those goals off your list.


Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type

Finding a career path that you’re passionate about can be difficult—but it doesn't have to be. This book uses workbook exercises to help you customize your job search, get the most out of your current career, obtain leadership positions, and ensure that you achieve the best results in the shortest period of time.


The Making of a Manager

In this book, Julie Zhuo shares her personal story on being placed in the seat of manager and grants insights on how to thrive in such a position. Whether you're new to the job, a veteran leader, or looking to be promoted, this is the handbook you need to be the kind of manager you wish you had.


Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together

Pamela Slim gives us the tools to have meaningful careers in a world of work that blends a variety of jobs and experiences. She shows how to find the connections among diverse accomplishments, sell your story, and continually reinvent and relaunch your brand.


The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is The Key to Success

Most of us, if we are honest, have experienced a major setback in our personal or professional lives. So what determines who will bounce back and follow up with a home run? In this book, Megan McArdle reveals the forgotten secret to success as she reminds us progress cannot occur without failure.