Changing Careers For Dummies

Changing Careers For Dummies

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Changing Careers For Dummies by Carol L. McClelland, Richard Nelson Bolles

“This book is a must for anyone who wants a career they feel passionate about.”
—Dr. T. Lafeber, President, Lafeber Company

Changing Careers For Dummies helps you take charge of your career and live the life you dream of. It helps you get organized, discover what you really want from life, and transform your passion into a great job. Full of handy checklists, worksheets, and brainstorming techniques, this practical guide includes everything you need to get your professional life on the right track.

Whether you’re out of work because of choice or because of circumstances—or even if you have a job but need a change—now’s your chance to build a rewarding new career. This fun and easy guide helps you explore all your options and take advantage of the endless opportunities that are out there. Changing Careers For Dummies includes all the helpful advice you need to:

  • Identify your ta lents and desires
  • Create your own definition of success
  • Invest in your personal growth
  • Develop a realistic plan of action
  • Learn the skills you need to succeed
  • Find a new job or start your own business

Career expert Carol McClelland shows you how to figure out what is or isn’t working in your career and determine what you need and want for yourself and your family. With easy, practical tools, she helps you discover your true interests and helps you find careers that might interest you based on your skills, talents, and interests. You’ll find nontraditional career ideas by the boatload and helpful resources like professional associations for any career area you’re interested in. You’ll find plenty of information you can use and all the confidence you need to succeed. Inside you’ll discover:

  • How the work world is different today than it was yesterday
  • Alternatives to the 9-to-5 work day
  • How different careers will affect your home life
  • How to find a job that offers all the things you want in it
  • How to get by while you wait for your dream job
  • How to figure out what you’re best at
  • How to find out what you’re passionate about
  • How to brainstorm for a new career
  • How to start your own business (or decide if you should take that risk)
  • How to successfully interview and land the job
If you’re stuck in a dead-end job, here are all the tools and advice you need to get back on the road to success and fulfillment. Full of the kind of expert advice you can usually only get from your own career advisor, Changing Careers For Dummies is the fun and easy way to change careers—and your life!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764553769
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Series: For Dummies Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 7.46(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Carol L. McClelland, PhD, founder and director of Transition Dynamics, trains career consultants and lectures widely. She is a radio counselor on such nationwide programs as Inner Wisdom.

Table of Contents



PART I: Setting the Stage for Your Career Change.

Chapter 1: The World of Work: It Ain't What It Used to Be!

Chapter 2: Evaluating Your Current Situation.

Chapter 3: Exploring Personal Needs and Home Realities.

Chapter 4: Expanding Your Notion of What's Possible at Work.

Chapter 5: What to Do in the Meantime.

PART II: Searching for Hidden Treasure — Your Passion.

Chapter 6: Uncovering Clues to Your Passion.

Chapter 7: Thinking Outside the Box.

PART III: Career Areas to Stimulate Your Thinking.

Chapter 8: If You Thrive on Words.

Chapter 9: If You Think in a Logical, Organized Fashion.

Chapter 10: If You Connect Well with Others.

Chapter 11: If You Have a Good Eye.

Chapter 12: If You Want Your Work to Be Physical.

Chapter 13: If You Have an Ear for the Sound of Music.

Chapter 14: If You Love Nature and Its Creatures.

PART IV: Weaving It All Together.

Chapter 15: Preparing Your Game Plan.

Chapter 16: Testing the Waters of a Potential Career.

Chapter 17: Getting All the Pieces to Fit.

Chapter 18: Strengthening the Skills You Need.

Chapter 19: Taking the Steps to Get Your Job.

Chapter 20: Taking the Steps to Start Your Business.

PART V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Tips for Staying Sane During Your Career Change.

Chapter 22: Ten Keys to Keeping Yourself Inspired and Motivated.


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