What do you want to do when you grow up? What kind of a lifestyle do you want? What is your passion? These are common questions when you start talking about choosing or changing your career. If you’re like me, you’ve been working for a number of years and are still not sure what you want to be. We invest a lot of time, effort and money into our careers and deciding what direction they should take is a big decision.
While we can plan on changing employers and possibly careers more than once during our working careers, taking the time to put some thought into our career decisions can save time and frustration. If you are looking for career advice, here are eight books to help you find a direction.
1. Career Match: Connecting Who You Are with What You’ll Love to Do by Ann Bidou
If you are looking for work that does more than just pay the bills, but is a source of pride, check out this book. It uses a ten minute self-assessment to determine your personality style. This can help point you in the right career direction. “Career Match” helps you choose a career and tells you how to get it.
2. The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore
A consistent bestseller, this book offers advice and more than 100 self-tests and tools to help choose a new career, or even look at your current one in a better way.
3. Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger
4. What Color Is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles
Annually updated for more than 40 years, there have been more than 10 million “Parachute” books sold. The author started the ideas of informational interviews and transferable skills. He uses worksheets to help translate hobbies and interests into job skills.
5. I Could Do Anything If I only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It by Barbara Sher and Barbara Smith
If you are not sure what you want to do, this book sends you on a personal search to find out what it is that you really want. “I Could Do Anything” is a follow up to New York Times Bestseller “Wishcraft, I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What it Was.”
6. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport
Author Cal Newport argues that we create the work we love by putting in the effort to get good at something valuable. This is a different perspective than some of our other choices, arguing that how you do your job is more important than what you do.
7. Now What?: The Young Person’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career by Nicholas Lore
The second book on this list by this author, “Now What” is aimed at those looking to start their career. It includes tests and tools to help you find a career that fits who you are.
8. the start-up of YOU by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha
Reid Hoffman is a co-founder and the chairman of LinkedIn, so he has a few ideas about building a career. The book encourages us to look at our careers like an entrepreneur. The rules have changed and we need to continue to evolve and grow to have a successful career.
These books can start you off on a career path. Do you have any others to add to the list?