Books on Career Development
Self-development practices greatly help in building fulfilling careers! We publish and promote books on career development that help professionals in self-navigating in the job market. If you consider various career paths and you are interested in self-development as a professional, please take a look at this list!
Books published by Welcome Solutions
What is out there? Do you believe in life outside academia?
For researchers who consider a career switch, the open job market often feels as remote and uncertain as dark wood, or as outer space. To be happy at work, you need to find a job that is aligned with your values, gives you a feeling of belonging, purpose, appreciation, and some level of both safety and excitement. There are so many conditions that need to be met to develop a sense of job satisfaction! For those contemplating a transition from advanced studies in academia, an overriding question looms, with far-reaching practical and emotional consequences: How do I navigate and accomplish the change as smoothly as possible and with a minimum of stress?
The purpose of this book is to give you an overview of what you are capable (and might not even think of!) after completing a PhD, and a vista of directions you might consider to develop a happy, fulfilling professional life. It explores not only the scope of high-level employment in which PhDs usually excel, but also provides broad descriptions of the tribes that have formed in the job market and their characteristic behaviors. Do you fit the tribe of corporate denizens committed to the analysis and improvement of operations in accordance with prescribed goals? Or perhaps you are drawn to the tribe of entrepreneurs who create goals of their own? In this book, you will find open questions and self-discovery exercises which will help to clarify your true inclinations and their tribal affinities. You might find something really beautiful in these explorations and their implications for your path into the future!
Recommended books on career development
Books for job hunters
This book has been on the top of the bestseller list for over 40 years now (with a new edition coming out every August). And it is not without a reason! This book was a breakthrough in the self-help literature–it was the first book about the job search process which put the focus not on writing job applications but rather, on self-discovery.
This book is very practical and focused on results. It gives an overview of effective strategies for passing job interviews. It is also a collection of self-discovery exercises that will give you insight into seven important aspects of your professional life, from your preferred working conditions and types of people you resonate with, all the way to your life purpose. Highly recommended read, especially if you have no clue where to go next.
Do What You Are
Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type
Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron, Kelly Tieger
Today, it is not a secret that we are all different. Some of us are extroverted, while some of us are introverted. Some of us enjoy fast-paced working environments, while some of us prefer peaceful and cozy working conditions. Some of us enjoy working for a charismatic leader while some of us prefer to be independent. Yet, the job market welcomes all of us. Therefore, there is nothing like “a perfect job” or “the best job”–your job should match you.
So, how to best choose a job that matches your personality? This book is based on the classic “16 Personalities” Myers-Briggs model based on the Jung’s psychology and will help you analyze your personality and behavior to make better career choices.
How To Be Everything?
A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up
Perhaps you have a few jobs behind but you never really develop the feeling of job satisfaction. In every job you ever had, something was always missing.
This book might give you an explanation for why it is the case. Some people are multipotentiates: they represent multiple talents and can fully develop only if they combine or juggle multiple professions at a time. Juggling a few professions is not a piece of cake but efficient strategies introduced in this book will help you in organizing your life as a multipotentiate. So, perhaps, before you start looking for the next job, it is worth asking yourself the question: am I a multipotentiate? If so, how can I choose jobs to best use my potential?
Books for broad professional development
We can be our best friend, but we can also be our worst enemy. All because of worrying way too much. It can take away most of your life energy, and eat a few hours of your day–every day. Worrying way too much throughout a lifetime is what many people regret the most at the deathbed. So, how to get over your worries and start enjoying life for real? As a matter of fact, there will always be external circumstances that make our future uncertain. But we tend to inflate our uncertainties and fears and imagine worse scenarios than anything that might potentially ever happen in a real life. It is good to get conscious about the worst possible outcome and realize how ridiculous most of our fears are. Extensive worrying is a disease and it’s good to heal from it as soon as you can.
Today, we are conditioned to think that to be successful, we need to (1) find our passion, (2) build our online presence and acquire a network. We often follow that route only to discover that… we still cannot find a job.
Why is that? Well, what the employers want is not strictly “passion.” What they primarily want is high-quality work that can only be done if you fully focus your attention on what you do, rather than exchanging tons of superficial pieces of information on social media. It’s good to be aware of these employers’ point of view, and work on your ability to focus and efficiently perform deep work. This will highly leverage your value as an employee regardless of the market sector you are working at!
Rich Dad Poor Dad
What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
How can we feel confident as professionals if we are not financially safe? This iconic book is all about financial illiteracy associated with the public education system. The author, Robert Kiyosaki, has written this book using the comparison between his own Dad–a highly educated yet poor individual with a PhD–and the Dad of his best friend–a poorly educated yet highly entrepreneurial and wealthy person.
What Robert found out is that we are not taught anything about money and wealth at school. To be financially safe, or financially free, you need to get this education all by yourself. this book will teach you about the difference between assets and liabilities, and give you a basics understanding of the economy. A highly recommended read for everyone who considers themselves a beginner in terms of strategies for saving and investing your money.
This classic book challenged the status quo in the job market and gave millions of people a new vision for their professional life. Before the internet era, anyone who thought seriously about their career had to spend at least 40 hours per week as an (office) employee to get their paycheck.
Now, in times of e-commerce, it is possible to leverage the value of your work so that you can get your income even when you sleep. This allowed the whole class of people to become “the new rich:” shrink their working to the minimum and acquire plenty of quality time in their lives. Would you like to join the new rich? This book is a wonderful introduction for why you should consider this lifestyle, and how to start.
Regardless if you are wealthy or poor, famous or not, your day only has 24 hours. It is the same for Elon Musk, Barack Obama, or Bill Gates as it is for you or me. So, how does it happen that some people can shake out so much out of their working day compared to all the others?
Well, the mindset and daily habits. Even though effective people represent different professions, backgrounds, and different visions, they share many personality traits and outlook on life. For instance, they develop a character ethic–they start from what they represent before they go out to the outer world to present their work to others. They are also proactive and focus on their circle of influence rather than being concerned with what they cannot change and are good at selecting tasks that serve their ultimate purposes. You can gain a lot in inspirational lessons from this book that will make you more successful as a professional!
Why do people procrastinate? Is it because they are just lazy, or perhaps because they feel anxiety? How to limit your procrastinating behaviors?
In this famous book, Brian Tracy introduces a simple yet very powerful idea that will help you in working more efficiently and avoiding procrastination. This simple principle is, “Start the day from the hardest task.”Completing hard tasks when your mind is rested in the morning is the best way to acquire the energy necessary to perform all the other tasks throughout the day. This book is priceless if you feel that procrastination is present in your life!
How to be efficient and get things done? How to win against fears, procrastination, pressure for results, and all the distractions of today’s world?
According to David Allen, it is all about self-discipline. You should release the information overload from your brain: store action points in lists and release your own brain from the necessity to remember them. You should also organize yourself better and construct a functional workflow for your daily professional and social activities, and systematically review your to-do lists.
This is a powerful self-help book that will speed up your progress in just any job and give you some peace of mind at the same time. Highly recommended!
How to become irreplaceable at work? How to make sure that you never get fired? Is it all about your cutting-edge technical skills, or perhaps, is it more about your aptitude to self-navigate within the company or organization where you belong?
In this book, Seth Godin gives his advice on how to become the linchpin: the pivotal part of any team who stands out from the crowd. Someone who has leadership skills can change people, is more human, more conscious of reality, and better connected than other people. Someone who is an artist at what they do, and is not afraid of taking risks. Someone who can win with their lizard brain. Linchpins love being uncomfortable and unfamiliar with the situation because they understand that not taking risks is the biggest risk of all.
Everyone has a linchpin inside of them, and n this book, Seth Godin explains how to release this potential.
Who Moved My Cheese?
An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
Dr. Spencer Johnson
Where is my cheese? Why is it gone? Who is responsible for it? I want my cheese back!
When we lose something that we find important in life, we often start looking for someone we could blame for it, instead of taking the loss, learning from it, and going forward.
This book is quite special. Light in form, and written in an entertaining way, it talks about simple yet powerful truths about life. Is it better to sit still and spend your time thinking about your losses and regrets, or rather, go forward with a smile on your face? As a matter of fact, everyone has things to regret in life, and perhaps, it is better to look at the bright side of life.
This famous book drew attention to the principle that lies under the market success of most global phenomena like Apple. These companies, or rather, these people, don’t sell just products. They sell their vision. They first ask themselves why they even started the company in the first place, before they release any products to the market. They also clearly communicate their “why” to the customers.
Can you also adopt this strategy to your professional career, even if you don’t have your own business? Of course, you can!–by focusing on what type of person you would like to become in the future, defining your mission, and choosing jobs and projects accordingly. Thus, it is a must-read for any professional!
“Sorry, I don’t have enough time for this”–how often do we use this argument to call off meetings, resign from projects, or forgetting about our dream projects? Well, the good news is, you have more time in your week than you might think, and for the most part, this argument is just a poor excuse.
The bad news though is that to stop wasting your time, you will need much more self-discipline. So, how to shake out as much as you can from your week? This book will show you how!–by listing all the effective strategies for better prioritizing tasks and organizing your time.
We all know how important networking has become. Today, developing yet any career is impossible without creating a broad network of personal contacts and the ability to influence the way other people think. But why are some people so much efficient at creating a network than others?
This is a very straightforward guidebook to how to become a well-connected person. It explains the basics of human psychology and how you can use this knowledge to your advantage. At the end of the day, we all want the same things. We want to feel understood, supported, and appreciated. Knowing this simple fact, how to build a strong and supported network? Well, this book is the answer!