When You Can't Go Back - A Career Guide to a New Start

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What do you do "when you can't go back" to your job? What do you do when you don't want to go back to your job? The purpose of this guide is to provide some methods and raise some questions that can quickly get you moving in a new direction whether you're experiencing a career crisis or thinking of a change for your own personal and professional development. More

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About Kevin Michael Ross, M.S., LMFT

Kevin Michael Ross is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, California. A believer in keeping his options open, he also holds a license in Real Estate Sales; is Manager of a multi-unit apartment building, and is Sales & Marketing Director of a boutique interior design group. His interest in residential interior design has culminated in project-managing many apartment unit renovations.

In his leisure time Mr. Ross enjoys spending time with friends, keeping fit, and basking in the sun in Palm Springs, CA.

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Review by: 2248 on Aug. 07, 2014 :
'When You Can't Go Back' is concise, accessible, and complete with practical ideas for addressing the issue of career transition. It is great to have this resource to suggest to clients considering, or facing a job crossroads, as a manager of Employee Assistance Services at a leading Health Maintenace Organization.
(reviewed 62 days after purchase)

Review by: markmontijo on April 01, 2014 :
"When You Can't Go Back" is a wonderful resource for psychotherapists and counselors working with patients who are either considering a career change or have had change forced upon them. The author maps out every necessary element of consideration in a step-by-step manner. What I found most valuable is Ross' personal insights gained from years of working with clients who are immersed in that very situation - needing to quickly sort through feelings of loss and anxiety and consider their real world options. The stories he shares are real and provide living examples of the path forward to those in crisis. Kudos to Kevin Ross for taking those years of difficult work with his clients and spinning it into gold. I highly recommend this book.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)

Review by: Sha Sha on March 22, 2014 :
The book is directed toward those who are at a critical turning point regarding making a career -- or even life -- change, whether on a voluntary or involuntary basis. Needless to say, our identity is defined to a great extent by our jobs for the major part of our adulthood. Job loss or facing the possibility of job loss naturally generates a crisis associated with the resulting monetary and identity losses. The accompanying fear and uncertainty cause numerous psychological disturbances. The common reaction for most people is to try to keep their job, driven by one's survival instinct.

Unfortunately, it's not unusual that when people struggle to hold on to their jobs and endure the stress and challenges for an extended period, they are eventually forced out despite their relentless coping efforts. The real negative impact is to suffer detrimental effects on one's physical and mental health, as the author has observed from working with his patients over the years.

So, when standing at the crossroads and consumed by the dilemma of whether to quit or stay, what is the right choice? When stymied in an irreversible situation and facing the unknowns and uncertainties, where is the clear path? Or, being unable to return to the previous job, is this twist of fate sending an unequivocal message that propels one to go back to look inward and explore one's inner self?

Captivating, heart-warming, and easy to read, this smart and pithy book offers sound and practical advice and methodic and fun exercises to help readers transition to a fulfilling job (career) and meaningful life.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: THRILL on March 18, 2014 :
Midlife crisis ensuing, I purchased this book and read and read and felt better page by page...It is well written in a manner that all of us can relate to. I have been kicking the tires about life and this set me in the right direction and I look forward to more of Mr. Ross' work!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jim Johnson on March 17, 2014 :
Kevin Michael Ross addresses a subject that perhaps many may consider obscure but that, in reality, is becoming increasingly relevant in today's rapidly-changing workforce. When You Can't Go Back features real-life scenarios and offers valuable tips on how to evaluate your own job history, consider whether a move is in order, and then move forward with a plan. Though geared for the person who is in transition career-wise, it cannot help but be beneficial to college graduates as well. My favorite quote is from actor, Sylvester Stallone, who once asked himself, "What would I do for free?" and then, "Can I make a living doing that?" Those two questions could very well summarize Mr. Ross's "big idea," namely that foundational to any job search is knowing yourself well enough to streamline going after jobs that suit you best. Even if you are not transitioning between workplaces, When You Can't Go Back will introduce you—maybe for the first time—to yourself!
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)

Review by: 3Dforever on March 16, 2014 :
As well as agreeing with reader Jim Johnson, I believe author Kevin Michael Ross has given some great and useful information into determining whether or not you "can't go back". The tools he's given can be applied to other areas of life as well as the work force. Several individuals I know would benefit by reading this; it could kick-start them into taking that next step.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

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