Unhappy in your current job? Thinking about switching careers? Looking to start your own business? Before you make any move, pick up a copy of Coach Yourself to a New Career by Talane Miedaner.
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. There are also plenty of examples from Miedaner's own life and the lives of some of her coaching clients.
The final chapter contains some bonus tips to help you put the seven steps to work. She actually gives a short cut for those who are looking for a quick start program. In this bonus section, she gives some very good coaching advice. "The danger in reading any self-help book is thinking you are actually doing something. This book is all about taking action." Your results will vary in direct relation to the time, energy and effort you put into taking action on the exercises she has provided.
Finally there is a resources section where she offers additional resources for those looking for more guidance. On her website she has lots of resources that compliment the exercises in the book.
The book is well written, reader friendly and easy to read. This is an extremely valuable resource, but only if you put forth the effort to do the exercises.