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Your Dream Career For Dummies

Carol L. McClelland, Richard N. Bolles (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-118-07013-0 April 2011 304 Pages


From identifying your needs to exploring your options -- make the right career move

Changing careers by choice or due to circumstances beyond your control? Have no fear -- this hands-on guide focuses on helping you find a new job, start a business, or return to school in a detailed, step-by-step manner. With concise, eye-opening self-assessments, you'll understand how to assess your current situation, explore various career ideas, and identify ways to utilize your talents and skills in jobs that suit your lifestyle. You'll see how to build a career that lets you express who you are, fulfill your needs and desires, and live the life you want!

* Detailed, to-the-point explanations on outlining your action plan
* The inside scoop on transforming your passions into career options
* A wealth of tips, tricks, and warnings
* How to blend your ideal career with the realities of your life

Foreword xvii

Introduction 1

Part I: Setting the Stage for Your Career Change 5

Chapter 1: Evaluating Your Current Situation 7

Chapter 2: Opening Yourself to Discovery 15

Chapter 3: Uncovering the Real You 25

Chapter 4: Envisioning Your Dream Lifestyle 35

Chapter 5: Figuring Out How to Structure Your Work 45

Chapter 6: Defining Your Preferred Workplace 53

Part II: Finding Your Passions 67

Chapter 7: Uncovering Skills That Make Time Fly 69

Chapter 8: Discovering Topics That Make You Sizzle with Excitement 87

Chapter 9: Brainstorming Intriguing Career Ideas 95

Chapter 10: Sifting Out Your Most Intriguing Dream Careers 105

Part III: Exploring Possible Career Directions 119

Chapter 11: Considering Communicating Careers 121

Chapter 12: Exploring Scientific/Logical Careers 135

Chapter 13: Thinking Outside the Box with Creative Careers 149

Part IV: Bringing Your Dream Career to Life 165

Chapter 14: Researching Your Top Two Career Ideas 167

Chapter 15: Asking the Right Questions about Your Top Two Careers 185

Chapter 16: Merging Your Personal Life with Your Dream Career 201

Chapter 17: Reconciling Differences between Your Life and Your Dream Career 213

Chapter 18: Moving Ever Closer to Your Immediate Goal 221

Chapter 19: Turning Your Dream Career into a Reality 235

Part V: The Part of Tens 253

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Confirm Your Dream Career Won’t Be a Nightmare 255

Chapter 21: Ten Creative Ways to Make the Leap to Your Dream Career 261

Index 267