Sunday, 2 August 2009

Reading for Career Change

We recommend our top inspirational books for making a career change – all of which fit neatly into any suitcase.

How to find the Work You Love – Laurence Boldt
This short, simple book does exactly what it says on the tin. Boldt is not a
psychologist, but most of the things he says are empirically backed. But the bonus is he writes really well and engagingly. Above all, you’re left with the feeling that not only is finding work you love desirable and possible, but it is in fact a necessity.

Bear Hunt: Earn Your Living by Doing What you Love ‐ M. McClean
An inspiring book of case studies of people who have discovered what they love doing and have achieved a way of making their living from it. McClean analyses how they have done this and pulls out lessons that can be applied to your own career journey.

What Color is Your Parachute – Richard Bolles
Look, it’s a bit corny at times, but this is a pretty good book if you want to change your career but don’t know how. Much of the advice is based on your own analysis of yourself so you sometimes feel it may lack objectivity. That said this book’s packed full of information and exercises and would be a pretty good start if you wanted to start your career change on the sun lounger.

Mindfield ‐ Lone Franks
The use of neuroscience in understanding human behaviour is increasing, as the 'neuro‐evolution' gathers pace. If you want to know more about the biology behind happiness and how to 'strengthen' it, how religious 'experience' can be triggered or why we spend the money on the things we do then Franks answers them convincingly in this engaging and fast‐paced book.

And if you want to think about the nature of travel:

The Art of Travel – Alain de Botton
De Botton explores why we seek to escape, why travel is so intoxicating and why it so frequently fails to live up to expectations. If you want to think differently about how and why we travel, this is the book for you.

We'd love to hear of any books that you've found to be particularly inspiring, thought provoking or useful. Just get in touch!

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