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Must Read Career Books

Must Read Career Books

So Good They Can't Ignore You

There are dramatic differences in health between countries and within countries. But this is not a simple matter of rich and poor. A poor man in Glasgow is rich compared to the average Indian, but the Glaswegian's life expectancy is 8 years shorter. The Indian is dying of infectious disease linked to his poverty; the Glaswegian of violent death, suicide, heart disease linked to a rich country's version of disadvantage. In all countries, people at relative social disadvantage suffer health disadvantage, dramatically so. Within countries, the higher the social status of individuals the better is their health.

These health inequalities defy usual explanations. Conventional approaches to improving health have emphasised access to technical solutions - improved medical care, sanitation, and control of disease vectors; or behaviours - smoking, drinking - obesity, linked to diabetes, heart disease and cancer. These approaches only go so far. Creating the conditions for people to lead flourishing lives, and thus empowering individuals and communities, is key to reduction of health inequalities.

In addition to the scale of material success, your position in the social hierarchy also directly affects your health, the higher you are on the social scale, the longer you will live and the better your health will be. As people change rank, so their health risk changes.

The Squiggly Career: Ditch the Ladder, Discover Opportunity, Design Your Career

Today, we're living in a world of squiggly careers, where moving frequently and fluidly between roles, industries, locations, and even careers, is becoming the new normal. Squiggly careers can feel stressful and overwhelming, but if you know how to make the most of them, they can be full of opportunity, freedom and purpose.

And to make the most of our increasingly squiggly careers we need to answer some important questions: What am I good at? What do I stand for? What motivates and drives me? Where do I want to go in the future?

Packed with insights about the changing shape of work and inspiration from highly successful people, this book will fuel your growth and help you be happier, and ultimately more successful in your career.

Deep Work

To learn hard things quickly, you must focus intensely without distraction. This book lays out the importance of deep work. The ability to quickly master hard things and the ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed, are two core abilities for thriving in today’s economy. Deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive twenty-first-century economy.

The book explains how shallow work is non-cognitively demanding, logistical-style work, can be performed while distracted. An organisation’s culture shift toward the shallow is exposing a massive personal opportunity for the few who recognize prioritizing depth is important.

Ultralearning: Accelerate Your Career, Master Hard Skills and Outsmart the Competition

Future-proof your career and maximize your competitive advantage by learning the skill necessary to stay relevant, reinvent yourself, and adapt to whatever the workplace throws your way in this essential guide.

Faced with tumultuous economic times and rapid technological change, staying ahead in your career depends on continual learning―a lifelong mastery of new ideas, subjects, and skills. If you want to accomplish more and stand apart from everyone else, you need to become an ultralearner.

Scott Young incorporates the latest research about the most effective learning methods and the stories of other ultralearners like himself.

Super Thinking: Upgrade Your Reasoning and Make Better Decisions with Mental Models

You want to make better decisions. You want to be right more of the time professionally and personally. However, being more right consistently is a hard problem because the world is such a complex, evolving place. How do you navigate this complexity?

Mental models are decision-making tools that guide our perception of the world and our behaviour in it. They help us understand life, make decisions and solve problems. The best models help us make intelligent investments, develop ground-breaking technologies and even travel to outer space.

Building on our knowledge of well-known models such as the Bandwagon Effect or Paradigm Shift and introducing us to the lesser known like the Eisenhower Matrix or the Boiling Frog Symbol, this indispensable book distils the most effective mental models into a single, digestible volume. It will make even the most complex models accessible and engaging to enable you to make better, more informed decisions in every part of your life.

Make Time: How to focus on what matters every day

This book is about creating space in your life for what truly matters using highlights, laser-style focus, energizing breaks, and regularly reflecting on how you spend your most valuable asset. It is not just about work, but a holistic view of life.

Our calendars are always full, but do we always feel fulfilled? For many of us, the answer is no. Even if you enjoy your work, which is a big issue on its own, it’s very easy to slowly fall into the trap of busyness, time and again.

By deliberately creating space in our lives for the projects we really wanted to tackle, eliminating distractions, and prioritizing health, you can turn unmindful reactiveness into mindful proactivity.

Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

Careers are not linear, predictable ladders any longer; they are fluid trajectories. No matter our age, life stage, bank account balance, or seniority, we are all being asked to navigate career changes much more frequently than in years past. The average employee tenure in America is just four to five years, and even those roles change dramatically within that time. Our economy now demands that we create businesses and careers based on creativity, growth, and impact. In this dynamic world of work, the only move that matters is your next one.

Drawing from her own experience and those of other successful pivoters, Jenny Blake has created a four-stage process that teaches anyone how to seamlessly and continually:

  • Double-down on existing strengths, interests, and experiences
  • Find new opportunities and identify skills to develop without falling prey to analysis-paralysis and compare-and-despair
  • Run small experiments to determine next steps
  • Take smart risks to launch with confidence in a new direction

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2020: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

In today's challenging job-market, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. Recent grads facing a shifting economic landscape, workers laid off mid-career, and people searching for an inspiring work-life change all look to career guru Richard N. Bolles for support, encouragement, and advice on which job-hunt strategies work--and which don't. This revised edition combines classic elements like the famed Flower Exercise with updated tips on social media and search tactics. Bolles demystifies the entire job-search process, from writing resumes to interviewing to networking, expertly guiding job-hunters toward their dream job.

Designing Your Work Life: How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work

We will spend up to 120,000 hours at work in our lifetimes.

But how best to use those hours is one of our most challenging questions.

We all want to find meaning at work, but our managers can’t get it for us. And as companies work to be more nimble and shift according to changing markets, the workplace is increasingly unpredictable. It’s up to each of us to define and find our own happiness in this ever-moving landscape, which is rich with opportunity and possibility.

Designing Your Work Life helps you understand the politics and psychology of work and equips you with the ‘design thinking’ principles – the innovative methodology pioneered at Stanford that has been fuelling the growth of Silicon Valley – to build a working life that works for you. Designers don't analyse, worry, think, complain their way forward; they build their way forward.

Perfect for anyone hoping to improve their current job, aiming for a promotion or even switching career paths, as well as recent graduates thinking about their future, Designing Your Work Life is a deeply empowering read. Part business book, part inspirational and innovative self-help, this book will help you answer one of life’s most challenging questions.

1000 Years of Career Advice: interviews with 100 graduates 10 years on from university, their career paths and lessons learned

The people interviewed are from 16 different professions (finance, IT, science, engineering, creative, law to name a few) and work in a wide variety of industries and countries.

Q) Ever wonder if you are following the right career path?See how the decisions 100 young people made worked out 10 years later, so that you can make more informed career decisions.

Q) Do you wonder about what job you could be doing in 5-10years time?Look at how 100 people navigated through their 20’s to help you plot your own path.

Q) Are you aware of ALL the career options available to you?See how varied and different 100 peoples’ career paths are to make you more aware of your career options.

Q) Are you stuck in a job/career path you don’t like?Read about people who changed their careers, and be inspired to look at your career differently.

This book lets you tap into THE POWER OF HINDSIGHT; when do you ever get the chance to do that?

Whether you’re a student, graduate, careers professional, lecturer, or parent; this book is 370+ pages loaded with advice.

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