Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type Kindle Edition
|Length: 330 pages|
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"Do What You Are" attempts to help individuals plot their own careers based on their own Myers Briggs "Type." Before finding this book, the only other career-related thing I had read was "What Colour is your Parachute," which was terrific. But I loved "Do What you Are" because it stated something that is so rarely said today... that you should find a job and career that suits who you really are. I passed this book around to all my friends and family, and most (but not all) loved it, too.
Something I found particularly delightful was that it affirmed a lot of things I had been thinkingabout my own situation, but had considered "unimportant." My type is "ENFP" (I know it might sound like jibberish to you now, but it will make sense if you read the book). This is a type that thrives on creativity, feels confined by rigid rules, and needs lots of friendly social interaction on the job. But, since I have a high IQ and did well at school, others have constantly tried to push me into "status" fields like medecine and litigation. In my heart, I had always felt those kinds of careers would kill me, but I couldn't really articulate why. After reading "Do What you Are," I was better able to accept my instincts and explored PR, fundraising, and finally settled on a job in publishing. I LOVE my job, and although I think I would have arrived here eventually, I do think that it would have taken me twice as long to arrive had I not read this book.
The book is most useful if you're discontented with your present career (or have qualms about the career you're preparing for, if you're a student). I was railroaded into a career that didn't suit me because of my family's expectations, although I was determined and intelligent enough to become moderately good at it. But I never felt comfortable with it, and it was only after many unhappy years that I realized I was in the wrong job and broke away to find a more congenial career path. I wish this book had existed 30 years ago!
I agree with other readers that the book is short on practical guidance as to WHICH career you should choose -- I've found Barbara Sher's books much more helpful. Nonetheless, this is a good place to start, at a reasonable price, and it's excellent as far as it goes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book to be profound. It literally changed my life at a time when I wasn't finding success in a particular endeavor and helped me make the adjustment to what has now... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Dezso
Great information for those trying to discover a career. Helps them discover their strengths and understand their weaknesses.Published 5 months ago by Kimberley Tracy
The authors do a great job breaking this down into simple practical terms. I am still reading it but already feel much more confident in who I am and how to work best with both... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jason Muldrow
I must say I was completely confused when purchased this book. So for those of you who have no idea or too many ideas on what potentially could be the best career path for you this... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Valeria
Do What You Are is a helpful, quick read. The descriptions are right-on, the book is loaded with examples, and it is updated frequently to help the career shifter and job surfer... Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Phyllis Capanna
I received the book entitled: "Do What You Are," which I recently ordered. However, as stated in the description, it was NOT new and this version of the publication was... Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by An Extremely Satisfied Customer
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