5 Top Reads on Changing Careers

recommended by Daisy Reynolds

The pandemic gave us a lot of time to evaluate our existing work-life balance, and as a result, many workers worldwide opted to change their jobs. It is completely normal to feel intimidated and apprehensive when considering a career change as there is a lot to think about. However, it is important to remember that putting yourself out there for new opportunities is also really exciting. For anybody thinking about changing careers, this collection of books will provide expert knowledge and actionable steps to take to ensure you’re making the right decision for you.

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    Careers Unleashed: Unlock your potential for extraordinary career success
    by Asad Husain

    In society today, many people find themselves unfulfilled and sometimes sleepwalking through their professional lives. However, new book 'Careers Unleashed', by Asad Husain offers a compelling solution. To thrive in today’s dynamic professional landscape, Husain contends that individuals must cultivate a blend of self-awareness, a winning mindset, critical career strategies and career-building power skills. This multi-faceted approach empowers individuals not only to overcome today’s pressing business challenges but also to remain relevant in the ever-evolving world of work. Asad breaks down his book into easy-to-digest sections that guides the reader in creating an authentic roadmap to a successful and fulfilling career. He posits the idea that no matter what career you choose, anyone has the capability to maximise their career potential by taking ownership of their career. Asad importantly explains that careers impact every aspect of our lives, so by taking ownership, there will be visible change in both professional and personal environments. 'Careers Unleashed' is a must read for anyone feeling unfulfilled in their job, whether that is a recent graduate who has little career direction, or people who are returning to the working world after a period of retirement or anyone else in between. Asad provides advice on how to understand goals, passions and guiding values. It was written for those who feel that they want to make a difference in this world through their work and careers.

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    The Squiggly Career
    by Helen Tupper

    Career ladders and jobs for life are a thing of the past! Today, we're living in a world of squiggly careers, where moving frequently and fluidly between roles, industries, locations, and even careers, is becoming the new normal. Squiggly careers can feel stressful and overwhelming, but if you know how to make the most of them, they can be full of opportunity, freedom and purpose. And to make the most of our increasingly squiggly careers we need to answer some important questions: What am I good at? What do I stand for? What motivates and drives me? Where do I want to go in the future? In 'The Squiggly Career' you'll learn how to play to your super strengths, discover your values, overcome your confidence gremlins, build better support networks, and explore your future possibilities. Packed with insights about the changing shape of work and inspiration from highly successful people, this book will fuel your growth and help you be happier, and ultimately more successful in your career.

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    The Career Stories Method: 11 Steps to Find Your Ideal Career—and Discover Your Awesome Self in th
    by Kerri Twigg

    These days, growing your career requires a brand. People who can share their strengths through compelling stories—in interviews, resumes, and pitches—land the work. But how can you find, optimise, and communicate those stories? 'Career Stories' founder Kerri Twigg combines her theatre background with her training in HR, coaching, and meditation to bring you a job search guide unlike any other. Like Julia Cameron did with The Artist’s Way, Kerri offers a program to find out which job is perfect for you, by examining your stories. The book also provides practical tools for networking, writing resumes that impress, building your LinkedIn profile, and more. If you're looking to find your ideal career, then this book is for you.

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    The Career Change Guide: Five Steps to Finding Your Dream Job
    by Rachel Schofield

    Are you dreaming of a new career? Or do you just want more out of your job? Either way, 'The Career Change Guide' ensures that your job works for you. This empowering, practical guide takes the confusion, fear and indecision out of career change. Whether making small adjustments or life-changing moves, it provides simple, achievable steps to turn your dreams into reality. 'The Career Change Guide' will help you investigate your skills as well as discover your drives, interests and inspirations. It will take you on a structured five step journey - Preparing, Reflecting, Imagining & Designing, Taking Action and Keeping Going - with the end goal of leading you to the job of your dreams. By reading the book, you will learn to be clear about who you are and the work and life you want, whilst tackling self-doubt and building confidence. You will devise and explore career ideas, and design an action plan for change. 'The Career Change Guide' is your first step to a better career and a happier life.

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    Change Your Career: 10 Practical Steps to a Successful Career Change
    by Adora Ikwuemesi

    'Change Your Career' is a self-help book for anyone who seriously wants to change their career quickly and successfully. Whether your desire is to start a new career, switch to a more fulfilling career, or increase your earning potential, this book will help you achieve your career goals. This practical guide is an easy read that reveals ten proven strategies to help you take the actions required to start your career change journey on the right footing by beginning with a compelling career vision. You will also learn how to gain leverage by understanding and identifying your transferable skills, as well as being able to determine any skills gap you may have and identify the required training and development needs. Furthermore, after reading this book you will be prepared for any financial impact that could result from your decision to make a career change. Throughout the book, each chapter concludes with a task designed to help you identify and carry out the actions required to progress towards your desired career goals. After reading this book, you will be well-equipped to begin your career change journey and make your career change quickly and successfully.

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