VSGD Recommended Reading List
We asked the community what books they found helpful during career change and here are some of their suggestions.
Designing your life (how to stop feeling “stuck” in your job)
Finding career fulfilment
Figuring out your values
Developing your mindset
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If you feel stuck at your job and don’t know how to start looking for another one…
Designing your life: how to build a well-lived, joyful life
Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
An inspiring and thought-provoking book that shows you how to build—design—a life you can thrive in, at any age or stage.
A well-reasoned, systematic, eminently practical, and joyful approach to navigating your career by approaching the challenge the way a designer would, using experimentation, wayfinding, prototyping and constant iteration.
If you are looking for more career fulfilment…
Get a Life, Not a Job
With a radically new approach to redesigning your career, get more passion, more fulfilment, better work-life balance, and real financial freedom! You only have one life. Why not love what you do? Discover how others have made it happen - and how you can too!
Learn how to:
Start spending more time in a career you enjoy and less on work you hate
Identify career choices you'll love and build your skills to match them
Transform and layoff-proof your current job
Define a mix of wealth-building activities that stimulate and liberate you
Escape outdated psychological contracts that let others control your destiny
Build the inspiring career you deserve!
If you need practical advice…
What colour is your parachute
Richard N. Bolles
With more than 10 million copies sold in 28 countries, the world's most popular job-search book is updated for 2019 and tailors Richard Bolles's long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today's 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 tough 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.
If you need help figuring out your values…
The Values Factor
Dr. John Demartini
The Values Factor shows you how to create a life in which every minute can be inspiring and fulfilling. The first step is to identify what you find most meaningful the values in life that are most important to you. Once you understand your own unique values and align your life accordingly, you can achieve fulfillment in every aspect of your life: deepening your loving relationships, creating an inspiring career, establishing financial freedom, and tapping into a rich spiritual life.
Dr. Demartini’s provocative thirteen-part questionnaire will reveal to you what you value most. The answers may surprise you! Then, each chapter of this book explains how to align every aspect of your life with your true values, so that you can finally achieve the success that you were capable of all along.
Recommended by VSGD member Olly King: “I know I bang on about this damn book but it has been an eye opener for me: The Values Factor, Dr John Demartini”
These books are great to help develop your mindset
The Chimp Paradox: The mind management programme for confidence, success and happiness
Prof. Steve Peters
If you want to feel more assertive and confident then this is the book for you. Leading consultant psychiatrist Steve Peters knows more than anyone how impulsive behaviour or nagging self-doubt can impact negatively on our professional and personal lives. In this book Steve shares his phenomenally successful mind-management programme that has been used to help elite athletes and senior managers alike to conquer their fears.
"I also love Prof. Steve Peters The Chimp Paradox-fantastic book about dealing with emotions and performance"
- Carolyne Crowe, VSGDer and VDS Training Coach
Mindset: changing the ways you think to fulfil your potential
Dr Carol S. Dweck
This book is for you if:
You feel like you’re always negative and you want to be more positive.
You always seem to be losing instead of winning.
You want to excel as a leader, entrepreneur, parent, vet, etc
“On the upside - there's plenty of evidence that mindset can be changed and coached. Try Carol Dweck's book Mindset for a stimulating read”
- Adrian Nelson Pratt, VSGDer and Emerge Veterinary
Do you struggle with self-care? Then these books are the ones for you…
The Self-Care Project: How to let go of frazzle and make time for you
Self-care is a tool, accessible to us all, which helps us to take responsibility for our own happiness - our physical, emotional, psychological and social needs. Jayne Hardy, founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation, argues that it is the best preventative measure available to us to combat overwhelm, stress and ill health, in our hectic, modern world.
The Self-Care Project is for those who have been feeling off-kilter for a while but have not been able to put their finger on 'why'. It is a no-nonsense, practical journey to help you do just that.
“I read this book when I had really lost sight of prioritising me. It really helped me get out my negative loop without reading patronising sentences”
- Ebony Escalona, VSGD founder
Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world
Mark Williams and Danny Penman
“This book has some zenny meditations on the CD that you can download also” Caroline Murray, VSGDer and travelling vet
It’s all absolutely fine
Opening up about her own struggles with mental health, Ruby draws about everything from depression, body image and eating disorders to anxiety, low self-esteem and working out how to be a 'grown up' in the most inverted comma-y sense of the word.
"I also love the ‘it’s all absolutely fine’ comic by Ruby Elliot. The tag line is ‘life is complicated, so I’ve drawn it,
it’s now my front line remedy for ‘I need to recharge, be kind to myself and give myself a mental health day/ afternoon /hour /15mins! It lives by my bedside" Amy Barstow. VSGDer and Assistant Lecturer in Clinical Skills at the RVC