Pathfinders Career Design Review
Anthony Spadafore, Coauthor of Now What? (review on Amazon.com)
As a young professional who devoted so much time and energy to a career I thought I would love, it was disheartening to realize after 4 years and 2 companies that I hated what I was doing. I had no idea how to figure out what to do next… then I found my guide – my career coach and co-author of this book, Anthony Spadafore.
I spent the last few months working with Anthony (pathfinderscareerdesign.com) and became a guinea pig of sorts as he helped me navigate my way utilizing this new book. Each chapter is filled with relevant and purposeful information, as well as meaningful inquiries to help you dig deep inside and really put some thought behind what you want to do for the rest of your life! You spend so much of your life at work… too much to be miserable and hate what you do. Don’t you owe it to yourself to find what truly makes you happy, what satisfies you and empowers you? I think you do and this new book will help you do that.
Unlike any other career-related program I’ve personally experienced or seen advertised, this book steps outside of that box and takes you down 3 separate paths that ultimately come together as one when you are ready to design your career: 1 – Natural Talents, 2 – Meaning & Subject Matter, 3 – Workplace Environment.
This book goes against everything we are taught about choosing a career. I am willing to bet that most of you heard this question asked of you many times – “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Typically, you would answer with a job title such as “doctor”, “fireman”, “President of the United States”, etc. Whatever your little heart desired – you can be anything! Well, I don’t know about you, but the thought of “anything” was a bit overwhelming. And it’s awfully disappointing to start down a career path, investing time, money, and energy into something you end up hating.
I encourage you to read this book and learn how to approach it from the other side. Instead of picking the title first, try backing into it – figure out the components first, then find the title that meets your criteria. This book will help you with that – every step of the way.
My biggest revelation that came about as a result of this process was that I didn’t need to stuff myself into a career “box” that didn’t fit. And for the last 4 years of my life, that is exactly what I was trying to do. It’s no wonder I hated my job. It didn’t fit who I was or what I desired – talents, meaning, environment and all. Instead, I made the choice to design a career “box” that fits me for who I am… not the other way around.
I successfully completed Anthony’s career change program using this book just a short time ago. Now, I am making choices and taking chances to pursue the new career that I designed… for me and me alone. I am a success story – a positive result of using this book.
If you are truly serious about finding a career that fits, and you are willing to put the time and energy into this process, then you are in the right place. Buy this book and start down your new path.