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on July 15, 2011 :
"I know of no explorer who once having reached his or her goal, has not wanted to go out and explore some more”- Susan Jeffers, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
The Career Explorer’s Journal is one of the most stimulating, inspiring and simple books to help anyone wishing to make progress in their work and life.
I discovered this book through a series of happy coincidences, at a time when I was uncertain about my future. By reading the book and applying the techniques, I am now much clearer about how I can take control of the choices which lie ahead.
The idea is simple, by imagining you are an explorer, embarking upon a voyage of discovery, you are encouraged to pay attention to detail and record your findings, uncovering meaningful and sometimes surprising findings along the way.
Through investigating, your Values, Talents and Goals, you can consider a deeper understanding of what’s important to you, what you’re good at and what keeps you going- all vital aspects to a more fulfilling and satisfying career.
There are lots of practical tools and entertaining examples from real life people to show you how to explore your own career journey and consider what this means to you, in the past , present and future.
The Career Explorer’s Journal really spoke to me in an engaging, reassuring and forgiving manner, helping me to build on my strengths and develop a positive attitude towards my current and future job seeking actions.
I would strongly recommend that you read this book and begin to ask yourself the questions it poses. As you record your thoughts and feelings and re-consider these alongside the perceptions of others, you will piece together a collection of insights into yourself that you never would have believed possible. As I have gathered my evidence, I now have my own personal treasure to draw upon as a positive influence when facing every day choices and more far reaching life changing decisions. It has helped me to shape new goals, which I know I will continue to develop with the support of The Career Explorer’s Journal.
(review of free book)
on Feb. 11, 2011 :
As you can see from my video I really appreciate what this book has to offer. Its unique perspective on how to approach career dilemma's is not only refreshing, but rewarding.
I encourage anyone who is learning to see their career more as a journey and less as a destination to download this book and begin exploring your values, talents and goals. You won't be disappointed!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 19, 2010 :
I have a keen interest in career exploration--have in fact embraced helping others to explore as part of my identity--and am always on the lookout for resources that can help people as they take this journey. The Career Explorer’s Journal provides an accessible alternative to manuals that are 300+ pages long and seem daunting before ever cracking the cover. I know because I’ve read many of them and felt daunted more than once.
Paul Diamond takes a conversational tone from the outset, inviting us into the explorer’s world with a wink and a hop (this is my mental image, anyway). With examples from notable explorers in history, he introduces the points (1) that sometimes we find things we did not know we were looking for and (2) that even the most impressive feats start with small steps. Having laid the mindset for exploration, I believe one of the most valuable things the author does is give the reader permission. He consistently gives permission to ponder, to not have all the answers immediately (which would be unrealistic but people sometimes expect it anyway), and to make a decision without fretting over whether it is “right” or “perfect.” Part of his model is practicing forgiveness, such that an explorer is not broken by unexpected results/outcomes but instead accepts them as part of the process.
The heart of the book takes readers through questions about what is important to them, what they are good at, and what keeps them motivated. The author demonstrates how these pieces of evidence are tied into the decision-making process by providing examples of how people have used these realizations to choose a path forward. A discussion I was glad to see as part of the present-day examples is that sometimes exploration is risky, and it is prudent to weigh both best and worst possible outcomes. So long as a person understands the potential risks of an action and are at peace with the possibilities, this coming to terms can be very liberating. One of the messages I am taking from this book: Exploration is driven by the curiosity and courage to move forward, knowing that the core pieces of information needed to make wise decisions are within the self. This is my philosophy also, and I believe Paul has presented us with a thoughtful and unintimidating way to mine information to be used in making career decisions.
I will note that The Career Explorer’s Journal does not provide the reader with web links or boundless resources for research, but I do not think that was the intent. The basic instructions are here for a person who is ready to start paying attention to and documenting the clues from their past experiences and current aspirations, in the context of using the information to create the future. There is also discussion of how to tie these findings into the resume, interview, and networking process. For people who are unsure how to start thinking about where they want their “career to go” next, this book offers great prompts for exploring.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)