I wanted to provide a list of books that have helped and inspired me in my own career change and which I also now use in my day to day work with my career clients.
Note that the first couple of books must be used with care - too many career coaches focus on self understanding as a kind of panacea - follow your strengths etc. But this ignores context, and in real life clients need tools to help them cope with the messiness of real life. That's what this list of books provides in abundance:
Best for getting organised: What Color Is Your Parachute? Dick Bolles
Close second: Finding Square Holes by Anita Houghton
Best for using non-logical approaches to getting unstuck: Getting Unstuck by Tim Butler.
Best for understanding strengths: Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman.
Best for inspiration: How to Find the Work You Love by Laurence Boldt
Best for understanding how we get stuck: The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris.
Best for getting into action: Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life by Steve Hayes and Spencer Smith.
Best for understanding cognitive biases: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely.
Best antidote to 'thinking happy' (but still remaining positive): Curiosity by Todd Kashdan.