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Changing Careers For Dummies [Paperback]

Carol L. McClelland
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July 1 2001 For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)
“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!

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"This book … is one of the best I've ever read on career change." Richard N. Bolles, author, What Color Is Your Parachute? "This book is a must for anyone who wants a career they feel passionate about." Dr. T. Lafeber, President, Lafeber Company Praise for Changing Careers For Dummies "If you want a career that taps your true talents and allows you to answer to your highest calling, make this book your constant companion for the duration of your career change." —Frank McKinney, author, Make it BIG, 49 Secrets to Building a Life of Extreme Success "Carol McClelland's Changing Careers For Dummies is almost as good as having a career counselor by your side." —Deb Koen, co-author, Career Choice Change & Challenge

The fun and easy way to change careers — and your life!

Want to make your dream job your real job? If so, this book is for you! In this friendly guide, expert Carol McClelland shows you how to figure out what would Really make you happy, then helps you muster up the courage to spring into action and make that dream a reality!

Discover how to: Take charge of your career transition Identify your strengths and desires Create your own definition of success Invest in your personal growth Develop a realistic plan of action

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book Oct. 12 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book came at a fortuitous time in my life. My company had just gone through a small downsizing maneuver under the guise of 'enhanced performance system' employee reviews. It certainly made me sit up and notice, especially since my job and I aren't really well suited to each other. Ms. McClelland's book gave me much more insight into what I really wanted to do, and how to go about it. I especially liked the section where you find out what interests you, out of the seven sections, I found four that fit me. Interestingly enough, none of the four are in the area in which I currently work. She also gives the reader permission to dream of ANY career, and not to be bound by old thoughts and worries. I intend to change careers in about a year, and will take the discoveries I made by reading this book into my next job. It can truly help anyone who wants to move on to something else, something they've always wanted to do!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for career changers Nov. 5 2001
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Format:Paperback
I have read quite a few of these types of books and I must say that Changing Careers for Dummies is in a class by itself. It is an extremely useful and enjoyable book. The author steps you through a reassessment of your likes, skills and talents in a manner that makes the process much simpler than is the case with other career changing books. The book also has a friendly, almost nurturing feel that is welcome during a time of uncertainty. McClelland almost makes it seem that changing careers is something to regard with joy and positive anticipation. Highly recommended!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A needed book Feb. 13 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is really excellent. One of the reasons is because it specifically addresses career *changes*, as well as just careers in general. There are certain details and differences, especially in the psychology of the career changer. I believe this books hits that nail on the head.
There are some sections that really, really help you get to the core of what you were born to do...which is a very hard process.
Rob
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for career changers Nov. 5 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have read quite a few of these types of books and I must say that Changing Careers for Dummies is in a class by itself. It is an extremely useful and enjoyable book. The author steps you through a reassessment of your likes, skills and talents in a manner that makes the process much simpler than is the case with other career changing books. The book also has a friendly, almost nurturing feel that is welcome during a time of uncertainty. McClelland almost makes it seem that changing careers is something to regard with joy and positive anticipation. Highly recommended!!
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book Oct. 12 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book came at a fortuitous time in my life. My company had just gone through a small downsizing maneuver under the guise of 'enhanced performance system' employee reviews. It certainly made me sit up and notice, especially since my job and I aren't really well suited to each other. Ms. McClelland's book gave me much more insight into what I really wanted to do, and how to go about it. I especially liked the section where you find out what interests you, out of the seven sections, I found four that fit me. Interestingly enough, none of the four are in the area in which I currently work. She also gives the reader permission to dream of ANY career, and not to be bound by old thoughts and worries. I intend to change careers in about a year, and will take the discoveries I made by reading this book into my next job. It can truly help anyone who wants to move on to something else, something they've always wanted to do!
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A needed book Feb. 13 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is really excellent. One of the reasons is because it specifically addresses career *changes*, as well as just careers in general. There are certain details and differences, especially in the psychology of the career changer. I believe this books hits that nail on the head.
There are some sections that really, really help you get to the core of what you were born to do...which is a very hard process.
Rob
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very usable and practical guidebook Nov. 14 2005
By Barrett on Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What I liked best was that this was not just a theoretical examination - but rather an excercise that gets the reader to take a very pragmatic examination of their overall needs and wants. Most of us have thought about those things that affect our career choice at some point, but this book takes one through an organized evaluation of the many aspects that are important in selecting a career - and does so using worksheets and other means that give the reader and organized and well thought out picture of career options that best meet their needs. I think this is an excellent book that really gets your personal factors affecting career choice in front of you in a very clear and straightforward manner.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The lemming who wore wayfarers! Nov. 18 2008
By Big Cat Bob - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I understand that this will be the first "less than 5 star" review of this book, but it does need to be said.

In fairness, if you are very uninformed AND have lost your job for the first time AND feel intimidated by the entire career change arena, this book would then serve a purpose.

Firstly, the book is very rudimentary in purpose and style. It offers basic information geared to individuals with a very low base of self knowledge and self awareness. The book is ok if you need assistance in understanding yourself.

The book is cheaper than a therapist, so if you need help in understanding yourself within the context of changing careers, buy the book!

This book should have been published as a 100 page career change handbook. Unfortunately for the intelligent reader, it was published as a 300 page PHD driven collection of pomposity and drivel. This author has an uncanny ability to change rudimentary concepts into mini sermons from the Mount.

Finally, I would make this suggestion...save $20.00, Google the following,"career changing",print any relevant articles and move on into your new career!
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