Ready or Not, Here Life Comes

ISBN-10: 0743262255
ISBN-13: 9780743262255
Edition: 2006
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Description: MAKING A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD More than ever, young adults are struggling with career and life decisions that can sometimes seem overwhelming. Some return home to live with their parents, or find themselves in unsatisfying jobs,  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 1/18/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

MAKING A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD More than ever, young adults are struggling with career and life decisions that can sometimes seem overwhelming. Some return home to live with their parents, or find themselves in unsatisfying jobs, or lack a sense of direction in their lives. They suffer from what Dr. Mel Levine calls "work-life unreadiness," which prevents them from making the transition to full adulthood and which can cause considerable anguish. In Ready or Not, Here Life Comes, Dr. Levine examines why many young people seem to stall before beginning their adult lives and shows how they can get back on track. There is much that young adults can do to improve their work-life readiness. Colleges can help too. In addition, parents and schools can better prepare children for a successful launch into adulthood, says Dr. Levine, by giving young people the skills they will need to thrive in the adult world. He suggests ways for schools to focus less on college prep (which generally amounts to "college admissions prep") and, instead, teach "life prep." At the same time, Dr. Levine recommends that parents balance their inclination to support their children with decisions that will offer them greater independence. Insightful, wise, and compassionate, Ready or Not, Here Life Comes is a book that can help adolescents and young adults -- with an assist from parents and educators -- get a head start on a productive and successful adult life.

Melvin D. Levine Mel Levine is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has conducted projects called Schools Attuned and Developmental Schools which are designed to help teachers deal with children having academic difficulties, such as ADD. Dr. Levine has spoken at many conferences and is known for his personable approach to learning and his no-nonsense approach to developmental learning.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Prologue
Here Life Comes: How Startup Adults Get Unready for Careers
Getting Unready
Startup Adults Trapped in Their Teens: When Adolescents Won't Take Leave
Ones Who Were Once Revered: When Idols Fall
Some Who Have Gone Astray: When Wrong Roads Are Taken
Victims of Brain Neglect: When Minds Fall into Debt
Ways to Grow
Deft Novices: Achieving a Successful Startup
Inner Direction: Deepening Self-Knowledge
Interpretation: Sharpening Outside Insights
Instrumentation: Equipping a Mind's Toolbox
Interaction: Crafting Interpersonal Skill
Mind Growers
Parents: Achieving the Right Mixes
Educators: Offering Life Prep Schools
Adolescents: Conducting the Experiments
Startup Adults: Looking Ahead from Behind
Epilogue
References and Suggested Reading
Index

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