From identifying your needs to exploring your options -- make the right career move
Changing careers by choice or due to circumstances beyond your control? Have no fear -- this hands-on guide focuses on helping you find a new job, start a business, or return to school in a detailed, step-by-step manner. With concise, eye-opening self-assessments, you'll understand how to assess your current situation, explore various career ideas, and identify ways to utilize your talents and skills in jobs that suit your lifestyle. You'll see how to build a career that lets you express who you are, fulfill your needs and desires, and live the life you want!
Detailed, to-the-point explanations on outlining your action plan
The inside scoop on transforming your passions into career options
A wealth of tips, tricks, and warnings
How to blend your ideal career with the realities of your life
Carol McClelland, PhD, consults with people in transition, helping them create careers that combine their passions with their desired lifestyles and personal values.
Foreword xvii Introduction 1 Part I: Setting the Stage for Your Career Change 5 Chapter 1: Evaluating Your Current Situation 7 Chapter 2: Opening Yourself to Discovery 15 Chapter 3: Uncovering the Real You 25 Chapter 4: Envisioning Your Dream Lifestyle 35 Chapter 5: Figuring Out How to Structure Your Work 45 Chapter 6: Defining Your Preferred Workplace 53 Part II: Finding Your Passions 67 Chapter 7: Uncovering Skills That Make Time Fly 69 Chapter 8: Discovering Topics That Make You Sizzle with Excitement 87 Chapter 9: Brainstorming Intriguing Career Ideas 95 Chapter 10: Sifting Out Your Most Intriguing Dream Careers 105 Part III: Exploring Possible Career Directions 119 Chapter 11: Considering Communicating Careers 121 Chapter 12: Exploring Scientific/Logical Careers 135 Chapter 13: Thinking Outside the Box with Creative Careers 149 Part IV: Bringing Your Dream Career to Life 165 Chapter 14: Researching Your Top Two Career Ideas 167 Chapter 15: Asking the Right Questions about Your Top Two Careers 185 Chapter 16: Merging Your Personal Life with Your Dream Career 201 Chapter 17: Reconciling Differences between Your Life and Your Dream Career 213 Chapter 18: Moving Ever Closer to Your Immediate Goal 221 Chapter 19: Turning Your Dream Career into a Reality 235 Part V: The Part of Tens 253 Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Confirm Your Dream Career Won t Be a Nightmare 255 Chapter 21: Ten Creative Ways to Make the Leap to Your Dream Career 261 Index 267