Resources to help Career Choices

Written by Jane Molloy on 2 August 2016

I have a coachee in a senior position who is making some choices about career direction in the next few months.  She likes reading and would welcome recommendations on useful reading that will help her thinking.  I've mentioned old stalwarts of the field 'Build your Own Rainbow' and 'What colour is my parachute?'.  Do you have any thought-provoking recommendations that might help?  I'm wondering if there are any that are particularly useful for mid-career (rather than when setting out).

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Submitted on 2 August, 2016 - 10:43

Another great stalwart which I'd recommend is Nicholas Lore's The Pathfinder. But for a different thought-provoking option, try Po Bronson's "What Should I Do With My Life?" which tells the stories of people who've made major life/career changes. It's more like long-form journalism than career advice or self help. No easy answers but plenty of food for thought.

Hilary Cooke

Submitted on 2 August, 2016 - 12:47

Hi Jane,

I did respond to this before, but for some reason my post didn't show. So hopefully it will have a better result this time! 

Because I am a bit of a Will Schutz and Human Element devotee, I love the work of Steve Miller and the Implicit Career Search approach. There is a PDF explanation at: or just search Steve Miller and Implicit Career Search. There is quite a lot of helpful stuff on the internet.

It's holistic work,based on the work of Joseph Campbell and the Heroes Journey - which I find quite beautiful in its simplicity and philosophy. It takes respectful care of the inner journey and treats it as implicit to career development.

I've often harboured a dream that if I could drum up enough interest to make it economically viable, I could get Steve Miller to travel this side of the world and do a workshop. Last time I spoke to him, he didn't kick it out of touch anyway.

I do hope it helps and provides some food for exploration - I'd love to know what you think of it.

Best wishes



Submitted on 2 August, 2016 - 13:43

Hi Jane,

I'd recommend Tom Peters 'the Brand You 50' which is all about reputation, which tends to be critical at this point. Anything by Marcus Buckingham on using your strengths is good too.

All the best.



Submitted on 3 August, 2016 - 10:23

Hi Jane

Why not go straight to the hero's journey for food for thought? I'm thinking of Robert Dilt's and Stephen Gilligan's book of the same name.

David Whyte also springs to mind, especially (but not only) his books Crossing The Unknown Sea and The Heart Aroused. (I love his CDs, too - and notice one of them is entitled Midlife And The Great Unknown).

And Joseph Jaworski's book, Synchronicity: The Inner Path Of Leadership.





Submitted on 3 August, 2016 - 21:09

Please do forgive me answering a slightly different question to the one you've asked Jane.  I am in a similar situation to yours right now, and again with a coachee.

I've introduced her to the Strength Deployment Inventory, which has been rather an 'eye opener'.  There is also a 'Job Rewards' inventory - which maps the motivational rewards inherent in the role.  In simple terms, if the inherent rewards of the job role are a match with an individual's SDI, then the job will indeed be emotionally rewarding.  I'm sure Lewis Hamilton could manage a library effectively... doesn't mean he'd enjoy it though!

So as I say Jane, please do excuse the response being a little off piste, but it's with a genuine desire about adding a thought regarding Job Satisfaction.


Submitted on 4 August, 2016 - 11:10

Thank you so much for all your helpful and varied suggestions - what a rich range of resources!  I have emailed my coachee your suggestions and asked her to let me know if she finds any of them particularly useful, so I'll provide feedback as and when I get it.  I am also working with a client to build and promote their internal career development toolkit, so I will also pass on your suggestions to them too. A double whammy - thank you!