Books I Love

 
There are so many books out there for jobseekers, career changers and ‘what should I do with my life’-ers that it can feel overwhelming. Throw a sustainability, social impact, or corporate responsibility lens into the mix, and it’s even tougher to know where to start. Below are my reviews of two books that anyone asking themselves ‘What should I do when I want to do everything?’ should put on their wish-list!

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I’ve been ordering up a storm on Amazon these past few months and I just had to share my best reads with you. There are so many books out there for jobseekers, career changers and ‘what should I do with my life’-ers that it can feel overwhelming! Throw a green, sustainability, social impact, or corporate responsibility lens into the mix, and it’s even tougher to know where to start.

To help you figure out which books are right for you, I’m grouping my favourites together into themes. In today’s blog, the theme is ‘What should I do when I want to do everything?’ Below are my reviews of two books that anyone asking themselves this question should put on their wish-list!

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This “comprehensive career resource from the leading nonprofit jobs website” does exactly what it says on the tin. Aimed squarely at recent-graduates who aspire to change the world, this guide to working in nonprofits breaks down the traditional job search tips and tricks, but with an impact-edge.

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Written by sustainability pros for sustainability pros, the Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook is a brilliant collection of essays by thought leaders on the mechanics of embedding sustainability. In 300+ pages, it seeks to do three key things: increase understanding and awareness of sustainability on conceptual, practical and personal levels, energise and expand commitment to building sustainable enterprises, and provide the tools and techniques needed.

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This exceptionally user-friendly book from the Dummies series will help you navigate your path to a green job, no matter what your starting point. Carol McClelland dissects the green sector with the deft hand of a brain surgeon, lays the component parts out  on the operating table and proceeds to offer a systematic analysis of each bit in her friendly, matter of fact style.

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If you’re studying environmental issues at university or looking to switch from your core function into a greener role and want to know what environment-related jobs are out there, then this is your bible! With 68 in-depth green career profiles and a host of Q&As with professionals in each role, Cassio and Rush’s ‘Green Careers’ guide is an indispensible resource.

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This insightful book is billed as a guide for wannabe entrepreneurs to finding where your gifts, passions and purpose intersect – and using them to build a new career. In it, Pollard introduces the concept of a ‘natural enterprise’ as a “sustainable, self-organised, self-managed, community-based business partnership in which a group of people agree to make a living together”, and goes about explaining how to create one.

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Are you fascinated by a new thing every week? Do you find it impossible to choose just one career when there are so many exciting things to do out there? Do you start lots of projects, but finish far fewer?

If you answered yes to these questions, you might just be a ‘Scanner’, and if you are – this book’s for you.

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