Get a Life, Not a Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talents Work For You

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You can design your own career, so you love what you do! You only have one life: why settle for anything less? Whether you’re an entrepreneur or working within a company, Get a Life, Not a Job shows how you can make it happen for yourself. You’ll learn how to move towards a fulfilling career that offers greater work-life balance, financial security, and personal control over your future -- and more sheer pleasure and inspiration from the work you do. You’ll learn how to allocate more time to roles you enjoy, and ...

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Overview

You can design your own career, so you love what you do! You only have one life: why settle for anything less? Whether you’re an entrepreneur or working within a company, Get a Life, Not a Job shows how you can make it happen for yourself. You’ll learn how to move towards a fulfilling career that offers greater work-life balance, financial security, and personal control over your future -- and more sheer pleasure and inspiration from the work you do. You’ll learn how to allocate more time to roles you enjoy, and shed roles you can’t stand… identify career choices you’ll be passionate about, and build your skills and abilities to match them… improve your career without leaving your employer, and make your position more resistant to downsizing… define a mix of several stimulating and liberating wealth-building activities that keep your life engaged and balanced… keep personal relationships healthy while you pursue work you’ll love. This book doesn’t just teach you powerful career techniques: it profiles people in all walks of life who’ve used these them to build truly inspiring careers. With greater workplace uncertainty than ever, you can no longer afford to let anyone else control your destiny — or to maintain outdated “psychological contracts” with your employer. You need to take control of your own career and future. With this book’s help, you can do just that — and make work more fulfilling than you ever dreamt possible.

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A psychologist, career coach, and Rutgers University professor of Human Resource Management, Caliguiri uses her significant practical wisdom to turn the pie-in-the-sky notion of "doing what you love" into an achievable lifestyle. Caligiuri makes a convincing case that, as employers no long show any long-term loyalty to their employees, it's up to workers to take control of their own destiny. Thus she provides a progressive plan of attack focusing on empowerment and fulfillment-chapters range from "Discover What Really Motivates You" to "Integrate Your Career with Your Life Priorities"-with helpful questionnaires, exercises, and case studies of people whose multiple career "acts" have given them happiness as well as financial freedom (such as a nurse of 30 years who turned her love of sewing into a paying side business, or Caligiuri herself, whose career has included four acts). Though "do what you love" may seem like a luxurious conceit in a time of economic recession, Caligiuri provides a cumulative, practical plan for leveraging skills, talents, and interests to add income and value to life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137058495
  • Publisher: FT Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/2010
  • Pages: 193
  • Sales rank: 593,815
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Caligiuri, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Human Resource Management Department at Rutgers University where she directed the Center for HR Strategy from 2001 through 2010. She has been recognized as one of the most prolific authors in the field of international business for her work in global careers and global leadership development. Paula has written (with Steven Poelmans) Harmonizing Work, Family, and Personal Life (Cambridge Press, 2008) and (with Dave Lepak and Jaime Bonache) Managing the Global Workforce (Wiley, 2010). She has covered career-related topics for CNN and has hosted a pilot for a television show, CareerWATCH. Paula holds a Ph.D. from Penn State University in industrial and organizational psychology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Create a Personally, Professionally, and Financially Rewarding Career Doing What You Love 11

Chapter 2 Discover What Really Motivates You 39

Chapter 3 Propel Your Career Forward through Self-Development 65

Chapter 4 Enjoy Financial and Professional Security 83

Chapter 5 Increase Your Mental, Physical, and Emotional Well-Being 111

Chapter 6 Protect and Leverage Your Time, Money, and Human Resources 127

Chapter 7 Get a Life: Integrate Your Career with Your Life Priorities 159

Conclusions 175

Endnotes 181

Index 187

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2010

    Great Tools, Great Read

    It is important to always be cognizant of what is going on in the workplace. This book offers insightful advice and workable tools to help make decisions that will lead you on the path to true work-life balance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2010

    Outstanding book! A must read. I wish I had this insight years ago. Highly recommend for all levels of career development

    This book has great insight and useful exercises that help the reader customize their approach for their career and life. It is interesting how many things I have done without knowing, but equally surprising how many options I may have taken for granted. It has helped me to see things more clearly and given me ideas on how I may do things differently in the future. With the current economic challenges, you need to position yourself for the future, and this book can help guide you on a path to security in your life and career.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    Career review

    The book was a quick read and offered a fresh perspective on ways to think about your career. The book highlihgts the way employment really works today and should be required reading for all new graduates

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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