I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work

I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work

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by Julie Jansen
     
 

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A disturbingly large number of people today are unhappy with their work. In this helpful book, career coach Julie Jansen addresses this work-dissatisfaction epidemic. Using career assessment quizzes and personality exercises, Jansen helps readers understand their present work or career situation, discover the type of work for which they're best suited, and learn how

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A disturbingly large number of people today are unhappy with their work. In this helpful book, career coach Julie Jansen addresses this work-dissatisfaction epidemic. Using career assessment quizzes and personality exercises, Jansen helps readers understand their present work or career situation, discover the type of work for which they're best suited, and learn how to create the changes they need. Filled with real-life examples and including a useful resource section, this guide provides the inspiration and know-how to implement positive career change.

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“Is it possible to improve an already wonderful classic? Apparently it is, because that's exactly what Julie Jansen has done. This book could have saved me years of frustration at the start of my career!” —Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Work & Never Get Stuck  
 
“A superb guide for career changers that will definitely improve your life. Jansen provides the tools, insight, and support you need to evaluate yourself and to develop and implement an effective action plan to move on to a job you will love or at least like a lot.” —Robin Ryan, bestselling author of 60 Seconds & You're Hired

“‘Life-changing’ is a bold claim. But with its inside-out approach to career creation, this book can be exactly that!” —Bryan W. Mattimore, bestselling author of 21 Days to a Big Idea

“A solid resource for people who know they don’t like what they do; it might also be a wakeup call for others numbed into job complacency.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“A must-read for anyone who is working and feeling dissatisfied, unfulfilled, or unhappy with their current work situation.” —Paul Tieger, bestselling author of Do What You Are

I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This is the perfect guide if you want to find gratifying work but aren't sure how to get started…Jansen includes lots of quizzes and questions to guide your look inward, but the best part of the book is the explanation of the answers, which helps translate your unique attitudes and values into a meaningful career…Her handbook is a smart way to get going in a new direction.” —BookPage

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142002483
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Julie Jansen has made five career changes in order to find work that fulfills and satisfies her professional and personal needs. A career coach and consultant, she has been featured in publications such as WSJ.com, Career Journal, Selling Power, Working Woman, and Smart Money and has been published in the National Business Employment Weekly. She is also a frequent speaker at both non-profit groups and corporations throughout the United States.

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Julie Jansen's book really makes you think about yourself, learn things about yourself, and charts a path for you to follow to change yourself, your job, and/or your career. The book is in three parts: (1) Where Are You Now? (2) Where Do You Want to Be? and (3) How Do You Get There? In Chapter 2, she describes six work situations from "Where's the Meaning" in my work to "One Toe in the Retirement Pool," but not yet ready to retire or can't because I need to keep earning. Chapter 3 talks about "Values, Attitudes, and Change Resilience." Here she lists several pages of values which the reader selects as "most important to you," and then narrows down to a top 10 value list. For instance, Advancement, Challenging, Competitive, Family happiness, Financial Security, Leadership, Personal Development, and so on. She then asks you to think about your own work situation to see if any of these values are being met in your work. If not, you are ready for a change elsewhere within the company, the industry, or very possibly, leaving the job altogether. The Values assessment is followed by an Attitudes assessment, a listing of 12 statements where the reader indicates: Almost Never (1), Seldom (2), Sometimes (3), Frequently (4), or Almost always (5). For instance, the first statement: I have enough confidence in myself and my abilities that I am willing to take reasonable chances and do things I haven't done before in order to create satisfying work for myself. You learn about your self-confidence, self-knowledge, managing relationships, maintaining motivation, goal orientation, and professional commitment. The author goes on to say: "If your work situation is less than desirable, your score may be low in one or several of these categories. If so, you can improve the above through motivation, guidance, and the right tools." This is followed by the "Change Resillience" test, which measures how adaptible, or resistant to change you are. I liked the fact that she illustrates her points with stories of people in all sorts of jobs (well, all sorts of white-collar jobs) who are unhappy or unsatisfied at a certain point in their career and are ready for a change. Sometimes they didn't know they were ready for a change. Chapter 4 helps you figure out your "Personality Preferences, Interests, and Favorite Skills." You go through more tasks and score yourself to determine if you're "Introverted or Outgoing," "Idealist or Realist," and so on and so forth. The authur states, "...if your personality doesn't match your work, you will not be satisfied." The personal stories of people in various jobs backs up each point made and provides much insight for the reader. In the back of the book, the author provides almost 20 pages of resources, listing other books to read and websites to visit which enhance and illuminate upon the points made in the book. There are also resources on networking, writing resumes, interviewing, starting your own business, and much more. This book is well worth the cost and I recommend it for anyone who is ready to make a change in their life's work.