Starting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, the Newton Free Library will be holding the second in it’s “Job Seekers, Career and Professional Development Series”. It will be in the Druker Auditorium, immediately to your left as you come in from the parking lot. The topic is “Reinventing Yourself in Today’s Economy.” The speaker will be Danila Szekely, a professional career coach. To hire a career coach can be expensive. At the library you have access to her advice and get to ask her questions at no cost.
Abandoning an established career can be a very scary prospect. Leaving what you know will be a challenge whatever the reason. Perhaps you have been laid off or are unhappy in your current position. Not sure what to do next to secure a safe landing? Do you want to explore your options? Coming to this program will give you the opportunity to talk to others, to receive advice, and to see how others are dealing with the situation you are facing.
If you feel you would like more information on this topic, either before or after the program, you may want to take a look at some of the books I have listed below. If you click on a title that interests you, the link will take you to the book’s entry in our library’s catalog. Once there, you can click on listed subject headings to find additonal books on the same topic. You can come in, retrieve it (or them), check it (or them) out, and use whatever meets your needs. You can also call the Reference Department and have one of us pull available books for you for pick up at the library. Before 4:00 we can probably pull them that day, once we are off desk. After 4:00 p.m. they will be pulled between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. the next morning. Just make sure you have your Minuteman library card handy so we can put in the reserve.
General Books on Managing a Career Change:
Coach Yourself to a New Career: 7 Steps to Reinventing Your Professional Life by Talane Miedancer. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010. 331.7 M58C
The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention: Essential Survival Skills for Any Economy by Pamela Mitchell. New York: Dutton, 2010. 331.7 M69T
The Sequel: How to Change Your Career without Starting Over by Laurence Shatkin. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, 2011. 331.7 S53S
Strategies for Successful Career Change: Finding Your Very Best Next Work Life by Martha E. Mangelsdorf. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2009. 331.7 M31S
New Guide for Occupational Exploration: Linking Interests, Learning, and Careers by Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, 2006. 331.7 FARR
The Age Advantage: Making the Most of Your Midlife Career Transition by Jean Erickson Walker. New York: Berkley, 2000. 658.4 W15A
Are There Any Good Jobs Left?: Career Management in the Age of the Disposable Worker by R. William Holland. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2006. 331.7 H71A
I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This: A Step by Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work by Julie Jansen. New York: Penguin Books, 2010. 331.7 J26I
The Career Change Resume by Kim Isaacs. New York, 2003. 331.115 ISAACS
A Useful Website:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes The Occupational Outlook Handbook each year. They also maintain a website by the same title but with additional information.Both have occupation based articles with sections that describe the nature of the work; training, other qualifications, and chances for advancement; employment opportunities; job outlook; earnings; related occupations; and sources of additional information. Click here to link to the Occupational Outlook Handbook Online. When you have the time, make sure you explore the tabs.
Good luck with your search. Hope to see you at the library on the 23rd.