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Career Development

Passion, Purpose & Calling

What You Need to Know: 

A variety of books, organized into categories, are available for checkout from the Career Development Resource Room. When you have chosen a book you would like to borrow, just stop by the Career Development Resource Room in 124 Scovell Hall, between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., M-F, to check out any of the following books.

Answering Your Call

by Schuster, John, ©2003, 1-57675-205-4.
From BarnesandNoble.com:
This spiritual how-to book helps readers discern what they are called to do, find the courage to respond to that call, and stay on course to make that vision a reality.

Childhood Dreams: Career Answers

by Chaney, Marti & Thayer, Vicki, © 1991, 0-9630717-7-7.

Composing a LIFE

by Bateson, Mary Catherine, ©1990, 0-452-26505-3.
From Amazon.com:
Mary Catherine Bateson has been called "one of the most original and important thinkers of our time" (Deborah Tannen). Grove Press is pleased to reissue Bateson's deeply satisfying treatise on the improvisational lives of five extraordinary women. Using their personal stories as her framework, Dr. Bateson delves into the creative potential of the complex lives we live today, where ambitions are constantly refocused on new goals and possibilities. With balanced sympathy and a candid approach to what makes these women inspiring, examples of the newly fluid movement of adaptation--their relationships with spouses, children, and friends, their ever-evolving work, and their gender--Bateson shows us that life itself is a creative process.

Creating the Work you Love

Jarow, Rick, ©1995, 0-89281-542-6.
From Amazon.com:
In this unique and provocative look at work, career counselor Rick Jarow argues for a return to the concept of vocation--finding a "calling" instead of a job. Creating the Work You Love presents a unique alternative approach, using self-reflective exercises based on the seven chakras, to help you determine the elements you need to create a life filled with meaning and purpose.

Doing the Work You Love

by Gilman, Cheryl, ©1997, 0-8092-3043-7.
From BarnesandNoble.com:
"Doing Work You Love provides further proof that we can create a livelihood for ourselves today that only yesterday would have seemed like an impossible dream." (Sara and Paul Edwards; authors, Finding Your Perfect Work and Secrets of Self-Employment: Surviving and Thriving on the ups and Downs of Being Your Own Boss)

How to Find the Work You Love

by Boldt, Laurence, ©1996, 0-14-019524-6.
From BarnesandNoble.com:
Technological advances and the global marketplace are changing the way we live and work. Doing the work you love is the critical factor to personal fulfillment and economic success. No one understands this more than Laurence G. Boldt, whose Zen and the Art of Making a Living helped many carve out new and rewarding career paths. But how do you find the courage to start the search for a new career? And how do you tap into your own best resources to discover what you want to do and what you're good at? This remarkable guide offers simple yet profound strategies to help you answer those questions by focusing on four key elements to be sought in any life's work: Integrity, Service, Enjoyment, and Excellence. Boldt has reduced the quest for meaningful work to its essence and will lead you to an understanding of what you could and should be doing with your life.

Live the Life you Love

by Sher, Barbara, ©1996, 0-385-31662-3.
From Amazon.com:
Barbara Sher has helped thousands of people recapture their dreams, overcome self-doubt and fear, and find meaning in their lives with her sensational bestsellers, I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was and Wishcraft. Now, in a work that is a brilliant culmination of her groundbreaking ideas, the New York Times bestselling author goes beyond the principles introduced in her previous books to explore the unique genius inside each of us. Here, Sher employs a new, phenomenally effective approach to uncovering hidden talents--and nurturing the inborn "gifts" that make you different from any other person and provide the key to creating a life you will love. If you've been waiting for a job that rewards you with more than a paycheck, or for the perfect moment to take that "long-lost" dream off hold, Barbara Sher's exquisitely simple but utterly transforming program makes right now the perfect time to break free from a career that doesn't cut it tailor-make a meaningful, rewarding life to your personal specifications and create a foundation for success that's strong enough to support your heart's desire. With profound wisdom and insight, Barbara Sher has written a book that will lift your spirits, transform your thinking, and inspire you to dream--freeing you to do what you love and love what you do for the rest of your life!

Living on Purpose: Straight Answer's to Life's Tough Question

by Millman, Dan, ©2000,
1-57731-132-9. From Amazon.com:
Written by a former world-champion athlete, coach, and educator, Dan Millman's books present practical ways to transform daily challenges into vehicles of spiritual growth. In Living on Purpose, Millman tackles some of the toughest questions, and in the process, refines and expands on the teachings of his other books. Millman applies timeless principles to questions about metaphysics, destiny and free will, control and surrender, goal-making, marriage, child-rearing, money and work, sexuality, priority setting, and simplifying life. He combines hard-won personal wisdom with common sense to shed light on real-world problems.

Sacred Work

by Chapman, Erie, ©2006, 0-9747366-7-8. From Amazon.com: Planting Cultures of Radical Loving Care in America. This is a Caregiver's Edition Field Guide including: Five Steps to Culture Change, Fifteen Work Tools, A list of America's most Caring Hospitals and Examples of Loving Charities that Practice Sacred Work.

The Congruent Life

by Thompson, C. Michael, ©2000, 0-7879-5008-4.
From Amazon.com:
From Dagwood to Dilbert, the past fifty years haven't seen much evolution in our attitudes toward work. Too many of us still believe that our work selves and our real selves, our professional and personal lives, are separate entities. This book is about how that concept is slowly, but surely, changing. It is about why it is changing. And, most important, it is about why it must change. C. Michael Thompson takes a compelling look at the connection between our inner lives and our work lives and shows how the development of the individual spirit can trigger not just personal fulfillment, but much-needed organizational change.

The Power of Flow: Practical Ways to Transform Your Life with Meaningful Coincidence

by Belitz, Charlene & Lundstrom, Meg, ©1998, 0-609-80197-X.
From BarnesandNoble.com:
Imagine feeling as though the world is working with you, not Àagainst you. Imagine a day in which you make every green light and slip effortlessly into a parking spot in the most crowded part of town. You make a To Do list, and the people on it call you first. You turn on the radio just in time to hear the exact information you need. These meaningful coincidences, called synchronicity, are sure signs you are "in the flow."

The Power of Purpose: Creating Meaning in your Life and Work

by Leider, Richard, ©1997, 1-57675-021-3. From BarnesandNoble.com: "Purpose" and "Calling" seem, at first glance, grand words, best reserved for a gifted few. But we all possess an ability to do work we were made for. The Power of Purpose is an original guide to discovering your unique calling. Bestselling author and career counselor Richard Leider offers a compelling discussion of the call to work. He provides a practical guide for creating meaning in your life and work. He focuses on living and working from the inside out, grounding the common sense of soul work in the common practice of everyday life.

To Build the Life You Want, Create the Work You Love

Sinetar, Marsha, ©1995, 0-312-11905-4. From BarnesandNoble.com: Discover your life's work and gain inner satisfaction and personal meaning with this inspiring, practical guide. In this sequel to her phenomenal bestseller Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow, Marsha Sinetar shows you how to put her philosophy to work. Sinetar explores the qualities of effective, fulfilled entrepreneurs who manage to find both love and money by investing time, brainpower, and spiritual energy in their work.

True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do

Toms, Michael & Toms, Justine Willis, ©1998, 0-609-80212-7. From BarnesandNoble.com: Here is wisdom for the workplace from the husband-and-wife team of the nationally syndicated public radio series New Dimensions, which airs each week on more than 300 stations and is often described as "Bill Moyers on radio." Some people are consumed by their work, others simply endure it as they anticipate the weekend or retirement, and hardly anyone enjoys it anymore. If we could find a way to transform how we view what we do so that it becomes a source of enjoyment and refreshment, it would be a cause for celebration. And indeed, this is exactly what Michael and Justine Toms provide in their remarkable book—the fruit of their own twenty-five years of practical experience.

Whistle While you Work: Heeding your life's calling

Leider, Richard & Shapiro, David, ©2001, 978-1-57675-103-9. From BarnesandNoble.com: Everyone has a calling with a unique purpose to fulfill in the world. Heeding it is about deliberately choosing a way of life and work consistent with individual gifts, passions, and values. Through powerful stories and a guided exploration of 52 possible callings, Whistle While You Work helps readers discover how to make a living doing what they were born to do. The authors provide a framework for embracing a very abstract subject in a systematic, practical, and fun way. And their Calling Cards "TM" help readers develop answers to profound life questions as they learn to "listen with the third ear" to cultivate a mode of searching that isn't limited to the merely tangible.

Work and Life Integration

by Kossek, Ellen Ernst & Lambert, Susan J, ©2005, 0-8058-4616-6. From BarnesandNoble.com: Containing 23 contributions from psychologists, sociologists, and economists, this volume examines the ways in which the intersection of work and personal life is affected by various individual, organizational, and societal factors. A sampling of topics includes the changing time demands of managerial and professional work; the identity transformation experienced by professionals when they become parents; and the role of social policy in work/life integration. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.

Zen and the Art of Making a Living

Boldt, Laurence, ©1999, 0-14-019599-8.
From BarnesandNoble.com:
First published in 1991, Zen and the Art of Making a Living is the life-changing book that helped revolutionize the career planning field by offering a new vision of work. This new edition has been updated throughout with up-to-the minute contact information and hundreds of new biographical and internet resources. Guiding listeners to discover and find -- or create -- their dream job, the author gives support and encouragement with inspiring stories, how-to's, and tips from sages of every stripe. A book that goes far beyond other career guides, Zen and the Art of Making a Living brings creativity, dignity, and meaning to every aspect of the work experience.