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"TEST-DRIVE YOUR DREAM JOB by Brian Kurth, and It's Not A Glass Ceiling, It's Sticky A Floor by Rebecca Shambaugh. I would suggest you go to your nearest library or bookstore and get those books. Any major change in life should begin with research, and those books are a good place to start."―Wellpast50.blogs.com
"This is far more than a collection of motivational quotes. Test-Drive Your Dream Job offers concrete examples and practical solutions for the disenchanted. Highly recommended!"―Curledup.com
Test-Drive Your Dream Job is both an engrossing chronicle of Kurth's journey to creating his own dream job and a sourcebook for those who can't afford a mentoring fee or would prefer to set up a test-drive themselves. The book delivers by offering lists of questions to ask potential mentors; charts to help in establishing an action plan; and reality-checks about
money, health insurance and the impact a life-change might have on your relationships. Anecdotes about successful dreamers are inspiring, while profiles of those who needed a dream-adjustment demonstrate the importance of taking action: Regardless of the result, you'll have useful experience and information. Kurth notes that many of us accept the ordinary because we've been conditioned to, but it's OK to want something different or better. Really.
"This revolutionary, hands-on program from the founder of VocationVacations will help you mesh your working life with your deepest sense of self as you learn how to plan a vocation vacation in any career; build the skills and gather the knowledge you'll need to embark on your new career; overcome the fear of changing careers; transition into a dream job without risking your job or jeopardizing your financial stability; turn a layoff or other involuntary career change into the opportunity of a lifetime; design and create a dream job that doesn't exist yet; manage a smooth, safe transition from your present job into your dream job; and minimize financial risk as you embark on your bold new life."
―The Sunday Oregonian --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- Publication date : January 7, 2008
- File size : 1546 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 220 pages
- Publisher : Business Plus (January 7, 2008)
- ASIN : B000XPPVCO
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,801,389 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There are hundreds (thousands?) of career development and self-help books out there, but not enough that offer something new and fresh - and include a clear plan. This is one of the best books I have read in this genre. The individual stories are inspiring and relatable.
Brian Kurth has come up with a brilliant road map for going from making a living to making a life. This book is user-friendly - he isn't talking down to us, he's been there himself.
Most of us approach a career change with the same joy we have for say, root canal and Kurth generously provides us with a plan that could and should be stimulating, interesting and dare I say - FUN? This innovative approach of "test-driving" one's dream job makes so much sense. It takes the information interview to a whole new level.
I was always taught that "you need good information to make a good decision" and this book totally tells you how to get that information you will need - from assessing your own needs and goals, to what a particular job might entail.
Truly one of the best resources out there. I'm glad it's in paperback - because I'm not willing to part with my copy and I know several friends who I need to buy this for!
Kurth's plan to start this type of business came as the result of fantasizing while making a 90-minute commute to work each day in Chicago. He was daydreaming about all of the kinds of jobs he wished he had rather than the one he was headed to. While waiting in traffic he thought up the name Vocation Vacations, and almost on a whim, registered the domain name. Eight years later he started his new company.
The book describes the vocations/jobs that some of his clients have tried out. They have been as diverse as opening a bakery to becoming a dog trainer. Some have blossomed into successful careers. Others have discovered that the realities of their dream job were more like a nightmare. So trying out the career move saved some real agony in the long run.
While interesting in part, I found the book a bit simplistic. Kurth seems to think he is giving readers all of the tools they would need to leave an unsatisfying job and move into a "career for which they feel a deep sense of passion and purpose." But nearly all of his examples are well-educated members of the corporate world who are bored with the day-to-day work.
He tends to romanticize the "joys" of small business ownership, but assumes a lifestyle that doesn't have multiple financial responsibilities.
I just couldn't take his methodology seriously. And the book dragged on too long for a light look at how to find the perfect job.
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