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How to Make Better Career Decisions and Avoid Setbacks

Nathan Bennett, a management professor at Georgia Tech and co-author of Your Career Game, explains how game theory can help people make better career decisions, give them an edge in today’s competitive job market, and how it can help them rebound from–if not avoid–career setbacks such as layoffs.

By Meridith Levinson on Tue, May 11, 2010

CIO — When Nathan Bennett and Stephen Miles started working on their book, Your Career Game: How Game Theory Can Help You Achieve Your Professional Goals (Stanford University Press 2010), they noticed that the vast majority of career management books offer the same advice: Get to know yourself, what you like and dislike, what you’re good at, and find a job that combines those things.

Bennett and Miles also noticed that the career advice that authors and experts dispense today hasn’t changed much in 50 years. They found an article published in 1959, for instance, that advised professionals to consider their interests, abilities and personality when matching themselves to jobs. Sound familiar?

Bennett says Your Career Game takes a different approach to career management. Instead of focusing on strengths and weaknesses, Your Career Game aims to help people better plan their careers and make better career decisions using the principles of game theory.

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