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Coach Yourself to a New Career: 7 Steps to Reinventing Your Professional Life Paperback – April 12, 2010
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Unfortunately far too many people fall into a career by luck or accident. And the problem is often compounded by jumping "from the frying pan into the fire." Others have this vague notion that having their own business is the ultimate dream.
No matter where you are in your quest for a new career, take the time to read this book, do the exercises and make some sound decisions that will lead you to the career that is right for you.
The book gives you a seven step system to "reinventing your professional life."
Step one is to "Perfect the Present" - master your current job. You should not undertake a new career unless and until you have mastered your current career. It is too easy to find problems with your current career and think that simply changing jobs will make life perfect. It will not.
Step two is to identify your personal requirements. Unless you know what you need to be fulfilled you are unlikely to stumble upon a career that satisfies your personal requirements. This is probably the most difficult step. It requires a lot of honest assessments and most people would rather skip this step. It is essential.
Step three is to design your ideal life. Step four is to identify your natural talents and abilities. Step five is to identify your passions and values. Step six pulls it all together and step seven is all about managing the transition.
Each step contains a detail narrative of the reasoning behind the step and exercises to help you find your answer.Read more ›
Yet one freshly-released book -- "Coach Yourself to a New Career," by eminent personal coach Talane Miedaner-- takes a different approach, sidestepping dark job
loss statistics and despair and challenging the prevalent belief that the jobless should lunge at every opportunity. Miedaner, who in the past 14 years has coached thousands of people, from from budding entrepreneurs to multi-millionaires, instead spurs readers to seek their dream jobs.
She acknowledges that unemployment rates are higher than ever, but says that job-hunting is different for people going after exactly what they want.
"There is no point wasting your life doing something you don't like when there are so many opportunities around us," she says in the book's introduction. "Thanks to technology and the Internet, more than at any other point in the history of humanity, you now have the ability to design and create work that is perfectly suited to your natural talents, your personality, your inherent abilities, and your interests and passions."
That doesn't mean, she's quick to add, that the course ahead is easy. To find that dream job, a seeker must first do some serious self-exploration. They must understand their deepest needs -- or, as she calls them "requirements" -- as well as their strongest values, and most driving passions. In essence, they must decide what matters most to them in life.
The questions require hard thinking, but for those who do forge on, the results will be life-changing. Once readers truly understand what they want, they'll be free to leave drudgery and unemployment behind and move into exciting, ideal jobs. I whole-heartedly recommend this book -- Kate Taylor
Coach Yourself to a new Career has several quizzes and worksheets that help define needs, boundaries and goals. Also in the book I found an annual life plan and career profile that was a great personal resource. I can't imagine considering a career change without this book as a guide.
I found Coach Yourself to a new Career not to be just about career change, but also a guide for making decisions and positive changes in both your personal and professional life. I have also joined Talane's [...] website, as it has many tools to help along one's journey in life.
I know Talane as a wonderful, caring, experienced coach, and those qualities really show in this book. I know it has helped me, and I am sure it will give you the coaching you need to help change your career, and your life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books I have ever read! This book helped me tremendously during a career transition, and I don't use this word lightly - miracles - started happening for me. Read morePublished 12 months ago by caroline
Amazing book! Well-written, up to date, inspiring advice. Realistic, but encourages the reader to dream of bigger things.Published 20 months ago by Danielle R. Thompson-Saines
The reference to Natural Abilities is very good and is good advice. Some of the other stuff is a bit light and even after going through all of the exercises I did not really come... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Robert Wall
I usually like to have one important takeaway from a book I'm reading. Talene's book has several and really good ones.
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