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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Reinvention Press (September 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982731809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982731802
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Caroline Dowd-Higgins authored the book and maintains the blog: This Is Not the Career I Ordered which showcases her savvy professional development advice and women who are thriving after a career transition. In her capacity as Director of Career & Professional Development and Adjunct Faculty at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, she coaches law students on how to prepare for the realities of the world-of-work in the legal arena and beyond. Dowd-Higgins also maintains an active private practice coaching individuals and corporate clients. She speaks nationally on professional development topics specializing in the empowerment of individuals in the workforce and pens a career blog for the Huffington Post online and a column for The Chronicle newspaper in Northern Indiana. Her columns are syndicated internationally by major media venues. Dowd-Higgins also hosts: Career Coach Caroline, a weekly broadcast heard nationally on CBS Radio, Tuesdays at 5pm. (www.carolinedowdhiggins.com) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Caroline Dowd-Higgins is the Director of Professional Enrichment for the Indiana University Alumni Association. She leads an expanded alumni career enhancement and leadership development program to activate the power of the IU alumni network globally. With a focus on the powerful network of IU alumni, she aims to create a culture of professionals who become catalytic connectors and back one another throughout their lives. With over a decade of career and professional development experience, Caroline authored the book and maintains the blog: This Is Not the Career I Ordered® which showcases her savvy professional development advice and women who are thriving after a career transition or reinvention. Caroline has social media reach of 81 million and writes for the Huffington Post, America Online (AOL), CNN Money, More Magazine and London based online news magazine - The Rouse, in addition to a column for The Chronicle newspaper in Indiana. She maintains an executive coaching practice and speaks nationally on professional development topics specializing in the success of individuals in the workforce. The former host of Career Coach Caroline, a national broadcast on CBS Radio, her new show - Your Working Life is available on iTunes. She is currently developing a TV series on career and life empowerment for women. www.carolinedowdhiggins.com

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Caroline has created a blue print of practical with inspirational stories of how to reinvent your career.
Peter Fogel
Caroline's warm, personal writing style reads like a novel and has the same powerful, pithy, inspirational hit as Cynthia Kersey's book: Unstoppable.
Nell Weatherwax
You need a reminder that it's possible to do what you love...you just have to know what you really love...and then pursue it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Franklyn Kimball on October 24, 2010
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Carolyn's book is simply remarkable. I've been hiring, counseling, hiring, and placing lawyers for 33 years and have met more than 11,500 of the species. And, I have dutifully read all of the texts that purport to counsel and inspire professionals. This is one of the best efforts in an all too crowded field. First, it's inspiring, engaging, thoughtful and funny. Second, it doesn't fly over the battlefield at 35,000 feet offer some pithy comments and fly away. It is specific, factual, concrete, and useful. Third, it isn't preachy or full of faux psychology. It offers concrete examples of real people handling real problems and finding real inspiration. Fourth, it's something you can read in a couple of hours and go back to time and time again. Fifth, it's high on substance but it is not a scientific academic treatise that will be off putting to those who live in the world of capitalism, free enterprise, strange supervisors, challenging clients, and colleagues who may not always have their best interests at heart. I hope this is the first in a series of laps in the pool. Carolyn's on my short list of professional counselors who "get it." Now if she hailed from a good football school like that joint in Ann Arbor. But even Carolyn can't be perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle M. Jaffee on October 4, 2011
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My favorite thing about this book is the great number of inspirational stories, not to mention practical, sound advice from someone who has been-there-done-that. I was introduced to This Is Not The Career I Ordered after I made my own mid-life career change and Caroline recently featured me on her blog. I wish I had had the benefit of reading all these wonderful and inspiring stories as I began my own journey. I identified with many of the experiences related in the book and have a feeling I would be great friends with many of the gals who chose, like I did, to reach out for something new in mid-life and follow a dream. If I had a daughter, I would insist she read this book during high school!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L Dishong on January 24, 2012
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Caroline Dowd-Higgins is a very talented and knowledgeable author, coach, and motivational speaker. In her first book, This Is Not the Career I Ordered, she provides effective and uplifting guidance to anyone searching for their ideal career or experiencing professional transition. Her approach is direct, well-organized, and upbeat, making her a welcome light in the harbor for the working weary and disheartened. For those who are simply curious to know what additional skills they might possess and how best to put those gifts to work, this book is a sturdy bridge of exercises, ideas, and resources that can lead even the satisfied professional to a land of self-reflection and rejuvenation. I highly recommend This Is Not the Career I Ordered, as well as Caroline's coaching services. She's a treasure trove of wisdom and encouragement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Cobb on October 2, 2011
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Caroline Dowd Higgins and her journey through several life re-inventions is a great gift to all women who are feeling or have felt that their life was meant to be something different and more. Her inspiring words and stories of women like her gives hope and courage to those of us who are on this same journey as well. Thank you for writing and sharing your gifts and being a much needed cheerleader for women!
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This is "MUST-READ" book for anyone considering career change, experiencing burn-out, and/or already engaged in a career shift. Caroline Dowd-Higgins outlines real-life strategies and action steps for finding success and fulfillment in a career that you enjoy. Her personal story is compelling and lends courage to those who let fear hold them back. Because of her own journey through letting go of a dream to finding a new dream, and succeeding on a new career path, Caroline's insights regarding the emotional and psychological aspects of career shifts hit the bull's eye. More to the point, she has lived in the heart and thick of it; subsequently, she nails all issues involved with authenticity and authority. I also found the stories of other women's career changes inspiring and energizing. I certainly wish I had read this book a few years ago when losing enthusiasm for a business that I had once cherished and had risen to the top by most standards. Yet, I am grateful to have read it recently as it has helped me to understand that I am not "throwing away" one career for another. My glow is reignited and I am liberated to enjoy and embrace my new career path. Thank you Caroline for sharing your journey and for this outstanding guide book!
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By Hannah Jennings on January 27, 2013
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This really helped to understand that it is ok to not be doing what you always thought you would, due to your schooling or training. We all have many options, and this book helps you do a little career soul searching and exploration to find your career happiness.
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"This is Not the Career I Ordered," by Caroline Dowd-Higgins, is the most useful and helpful career advice book I have read. It truly stands out in a crowded field. Ms. Dowd-Higgins' strong and personable writing skills make this an engaging and enjoyable book to read. She has a number of individual stories, many of which will be sure to be relevant to where you are in your career search. After each story there is advice from the individual, along with resources they recommend. This book is a terrific resource for women wherever they are in their career and it carries a strong message of hope and encouragement. Ms. Dowd-Higgins makes it clear that even if you are changing careers not through your own choice, you can take control of your career and craft it to make it what you want and what will bring you more satisfaction.
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