Strategies for Successful Career Change

Finding Your Very Best Next Work Life

By Martha E. Mangelsdorf
(Ten Speed Press, Paperback, 9781580088244, 224pp.)

Publication Date: June 23, 2009

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Are you ready for a change?

Whether you’re seeking a more fulfilling job or rethinking your career goals after a layoff, the questions you face are crucial. In Strategies for Successful Career Change, seasoned business and career journalist Martha E. Mangelsdorf distills lessons from a diverse group of people who have made the leap and landed on their feet. To help you navigate the challenges, pitfalls, and rewards of career transition, this book will show you how to:

• Align your professional life with your personal goals
• Identify your transferable skills, strengths, and constraints
• Explore possible new careers in low-risk ways
• Change careers while still paying the bills

You’ll assess your current work life and aspirations, while taking into account logistical realities such as finances, health insurance, and family obligations. Through exercises, resources, and inspiring stories from successful career-changers, this supportive and empowering guide will help you find your very best next work life.

“If you’re considering a career change, this book should be your go-to resource for insight, strategy, and practical advice. But even better, it serves up the inspiration we all need to do something great, thanks to real stories from people who’ve discovered their best life.”
--Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back

“The genius of this book is its integration of solid, tried-and-true principles of career change with practical, engaging real-life stories of people who used them. An essential resource for career-changers and those who love them.”
--Margaret Benefiel, PhD, author of Soul at Work and The Soul of a Leader

“If you’re thinking about changing careers, Martha Mangelsdorf’s book is a must-read. Even if you’re not thinking about changing careers, it’s a should-read. Her fascinating stories about successful career-changers will make you ask yourself vital questions that are all too easy to ignore.”
--Bo Burlingham, editor at large of Inc. magazine and author of Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big




About the Author

Martha E. Mangelsdorf is an experienced business and careers writer. She is a former senior editor and senior writer for Inc. magazine, and her work has appeared in a diverse range of publications—from Family Circle magazine to the Wall Street Journal. While a freelance journalist, Mangelsdorf for four years wrote a monthly feature on career change, called “Transitions,” for the Boston Globe.




Praise For Strategies for Successful Career Change

“a practical approach to job satisfaction.... Boston-based business writer Martha E. Mangelsdorf systematically addresses a host of issues, shares inspiring stories, and offers a set of best practices for career changers.”
—Boston Globe’s Sunday book section “Shelf Life”
 
Mangelsdorf “provides a number of very helpful references and resources as well as a bit of inspiration... She’s a good writer, too,...her anecdotes are vivid and relatable.”
—Richard Pachter, Miami Herald
 
Named one of “5 Books That Will Help Your Career.” Said: “The real-person interviews are inspiring and show you that even though it’s hard work, finding the right career can improve your happiness.”
—CareerBuilder.com

“If you’re considering a career change, this book should be your go-to resource for insight, strategy, and practical advice. But even better, it serves up the inspiration we all need to do something great, thanks to real stories from people who’ve discovered their best life.”
–Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back

“The genius of this book is its integration of solid, tried-and-true principles of career change with practical, engaging real-life stories of people who used them. An essential resource for career-changers and those who love them.”
–Margaret Benefiel, PhD, author of Soul at Work and The Soul of a Leader

“If you’re thinking about changing careers, Martha Mangelsdorf’s book is a must-read. Even if you’re not thinking about changing careers, it’s a should-read. Her fascinating stories about successful career-changers will make you ask yourself vital questions that are all too easy to ignore.”
–Bo Burlingham, editor at large of Inc. magazine and author of Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big

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