Looking for a last minute Christmas present to yourself? How about one that will give you a kick up the bum to make the changes you have been wanting to make all year, one that help you make 2020 the best year yet for your career?
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I’ve put together a list of 5 great career change books that you can put in your stocking, and give yourself a little burst of inspiration that will last beyond the mince pies and mulled wine.
So, in no particular order:
1. Is this it? - Ruth Kudzi
This book follows a simple plan - identify where you currently are, work out what stopping you make your move, figure out what your options area and develop a clear plan of action to move forward. There are case studies of real women which show you how you can change the way that you work and create a life that you love. A great, practical book to get you started on your career change.
2. Designing your life – Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Silicon Valley design innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans have condensed their massively successful Life Design course into a book to help you work out what you want – and how to get it.
Using real-life stories and practical exercises such as like reframing, prototyping and mind-mapping, you plan your way forward step by step and create a life that you have designed.
3. What colour is your parachute - Richard Bolles
With over 10 million copies sold, 'What Colour is your parachute' is one of the most popular job search books in the world.
If you've decided on a career change but need practical help with CV's, interviews, follow-ups and new bosses, this is the book for you.
4. Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type
We all love a good personality test, but how much are you actually using them in your career?
This book is based on the Myers-Briggs test and is a great way of figuring out your strengths and weaknesses and how you can use them to create a career that will bring you joy.
5. Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One - Jenny Blake
Many of us are thinking about our next steps, wanting to take what we have built up in our previous careers and use in a new environment – and that is the essence of pivoting.
It might be that we need to pivot our skills, our roles, and even our preconceptions of what our careers might look like in years to come in order to find the next step that brings fulfilment and success.
This book explores how you can always be thinking about 'pivoting', about your next move, and how to be excited (and not scared) by the possibility of doing something different.
I hope these have been useful - if you have any other favourites I haven't mentioned, please do let me know!