Book by Jane Barrett and Camilla Arnold
Taking Charge of Your Career
The essential guide to finding the job that’s right for you
The world of work is changing dramatically and jobs for life have become a thing of the past.
Even people moving up the corporate ladder are questioning their choices and considering new possibilities, such as work/life balance or portfolio working.
If you want to take charge of your career but don’t know where to start, change can feel unobtainable – a pipe dream.
This action-oriented and pragmatic book will help you overcome the barriers to deciding on a career and changing career, giving you a proven roadmap to achieve your goals.
Taking Charge of Your Career will lead you step-by-step through the process of building your career strategy and making it happen. Full of exercises and self-assessment tools to help you make the right choices, it also includes real-life stories of successful career changers.
Kind words about the book
“I have turned to Taking Charge of Your Career many times over the years since it was first published – both for those I coach through career change as well as at times for myself. Just about everything you need to think about when considering a career change is included in this gem of a career guide. I recommend this book for both career coaching professionals as well as jobseekers everywhere.”
Regional Director, INSEAD Executive Education; former Global Director, INSEAD Career Development Center
“A thorough, structured and pragmatic overview to career management that covers both the practical aspects of changing careers in our volatile, uncertain world, with the often harder, personal underlying challenges many people have to face and overcome to move forward.”
Director of Career Development at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
“Taking Charge of Your Career has helped me a lot in planning and executing a clear strategy in two of the most difficult aspects of my professional career: finding the right career goal that best fits me, and a plan to achieve it. The book is very well structured, it provides frameworks and exercises that help you in discovering yourself, what you truly want and what you should be looking for. I wish I had read this book 10 years ago.”
Yair Marc Martinez Palomino
Consultant at Accenture
“Finally, a book that connects the mechanics of the job search to the critical motivations that should drive the direction of the search. Only by combining these dimensions can a job seeker hope to achieve genuine job and career fulfilment. Arnold and Barrett provide us the impulse and the practical tools to do just that with great flair.”
former Associate Principal at McKinsey and founder of Promeo
“This is a practical, straightforward book that details the key stages of managing and changing careers with a really useful mix of advice, exercises and tips brought to life with real life case studies. Both Camilla and Jane have decades of experience in this field, which is so evident in the book.”
Partner, Boyden Executive Search
“This book takes you systematically through the career transformation process, from self-assessment to successful job hunting, helping you overcome any anxiety, doubt or the agony of making choices in the face of change by providing a solid framework for taking sound career management decisions.”
Head of Career Planning & Communication Unit, UNHCR
“Taking Charge of Your Career is grounded in the realities of the modern-day job search and gives real-life examples to guide you in implementing the ideas within. Pick up this book today and your successful future self will thank you for it!“
Former Head of Talent Development E&Y and Managing Partner of Journey Partners
“Jane and Camilla are a fantastic source of careers advice. In Taking Charge of Your Career, they combine in-depth knowledge and real breadth of experience with a lightness of touch, which makes the book a pleasure to read.”
Journalist and Author of The Careerist: Over 100 Ways to Get Ahead at Work
“This is a great one-stop-shop of information, insight and resources for anyone looking to reinvigorate their career. Many career guides will claim to help you uncover your skills, values and interests, but too often leave you thinking, “That’s great. Now what?”. Jane Barrett and Camilla Arnold provide the structured framework to help you uncover your underlying strengths and interests but, as importantly, the practical steps to help translate those insights into tangible career options. Pragmatic, accessible and full of helpful exercises, case studies and practical tips, this guide brings together all you need to take charge of your career. I’d highly recommend it!”
Head of MBA Marketing, Admissions and Careers, Cambridge Judge Business School
“Camilla and Jane’s approach has helped me to integrate all aspects of my life to help me grow in confidence and grow professionally. Their snippets of day-to-day wisdom have been invaluable. They draw on stories and examples which are so easy to remember. I used to think this sort of stuff was common sense but it really isn’t – it’s a powerful and accessible tool that I am now recommending to everyone.”
Founder of MAC UK and The Integrate Movement (TIM), Social Entrepreneur and Clinical Psychologist