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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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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Reinvention Press (September 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982731809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982731802
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,755,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Caroline Dowd-Higgins offers "real-life" career tips - an easy, enjoyable read that is interspersed with practical tips and advice on how to advance your career. This book gave me a new way of approaching my career growth, and I'm excited about the possibilities! I highly recommend this guide for anyone looking to boost their professional growth, or thinking of changing careers!
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“Career success in the second decade of the 21st century belongs to those who courageously move beyond the boundaries of their comfort zones toward exploration of possibilities. Dowd-Higgins masterfully weaves together anecdotes of women who have done precisely this with solid tools and tips for parlaying who you are into what you can become.” - Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office and See Jane Lead
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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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This book is a roller-coaster ride of reality-checks and inspiration. Caroline Dowd-Higgins has again allowed her candor to come through in this book that, if read with intent, will inspire women – young and old, married and unmarried, professional and non-professional – to take control of their lives and move forward with pride, purpose, and confidence.
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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 book is for anyone who is looking for a career make over or is just ready for a change. It is an excellent resource that gives you insights on how to explore new opportunities at your current place of employment or to discover your passion and reinvent yourself!! If you want to change the direction of your life and be excited about going to work in the morning you will be touched moved and inspired by this book. It's never to late to order a new career!!
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