How to change careers.

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Most change is beneficial. Like so many others, you may be asking exactly how change happens. We don't have all the answers to life's big questions. But we can provide guidance from the experts to help you answer the question, "What should I do with my life?"

Julie Jansen SPEAKER, COACH, AND AUTHOR

Having had four successful careers before starting her own business in 1999, she offers practical help for job seekers and career changers in her book, I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work (2003). She is also the author of You Want Me to Work with Who? Eleven Keys to a Stress-Free, Satisfying and Successful Work Life ... No Matter Who You Work With (2006).

THE RENAISSANCE SOUL Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One By Margaret Lobenstine (2006)

This brand-new book provides a unique spin on how people with a million interests who easily suffer from boredom can permit themselves to experience a multitude of jobs, careers, and hobbies throughout life rather than feeling forced to make one choice. The Renaissance Soul is a wonderful resource for those who continually lose interest once the challenges of one job are mastered or who flit from hobby to hobby and need help designing a career or hobby that meets their needs for both variety and fulfilling passion.

THE PATHFINDER How to Chose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success By Nicholas Lore (1998)

A best-selling classic, The Pathfinder is a comprehensive career guide that covers every element of what's needed to choose or change careers. It's filled with self-assessment quizzes and easy-to-follow steps to make work more of "a dance than a drag." A favorite section is how to deal with what Lore calls the "yeah but" voices that keep someone from leaving their dissatisfying job.

DO WHAT YOU ARE Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type By Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger (2001)

Tieger and Barron-Tieger, Myers-Briggs personality experts, wrote this book to help people identify careers that match their MBTI[TM] personality type. There are lists of professions and dozens of real-life examples of people who chose careers based upon their personality. While this approach to changing careers is very specific, the book never fails to open one's eyes to the logic of finding work that aligns with his or her preferences, likes, and dislikes. It should be part of...

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