Get a Life, Not a Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talents Work For You
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Paula Caligiuri, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Human Resource Management Department at Rutgers University where she directed the Center for HR Strategy from 2001 through 2010. She has been recognized as one of the most prolific authors in the field of international business for her work in global careers and global leadership development. Paula has written (with Steven Poelmans) Harmonizing Work, Family, and Personal Life (Cambridge Press, 2008) and (with Dave Lepak and Jaime Bonache) Managing the Global Workforce (Wiley, 2010). She has covered career-related topics for CNN and has hosted a pilot for a television show, CareerWATCH. Paula holds a Ph.D. from Penn State University in industrial and organizational psychology.
You can design your own career, so you love what you do! You only have one life: why settle for anything less? Whether you’re an entrepreneur or working within a company, Get a Life, Not a Job shows how you can make it happen for yourself. You’ll learn how to move towards a fulfilling career that offers greater work-life balance, financial security, and personal control over your future -- and more sheer pleasure and inspiration from the work you do. You’ll learn how to allocate more time to roles you enjoy, and shed roles you can’t stand… identify career choices you’ll be passionate about, and build your skills and abilities to match them… improve your career without leaving your employer, and make your position more resistant to downsizing… define a mix of several stimulating and liberating wealth-building activities that keep your life engaged and balanced… keep personal relationships healthy while you pursue work you’ll love. This book doesn’t just teach you powerful career techniques: it profiles people in all walks of life who’ve used these them to build truly inspiring careers. With greater workplace uncertainty than ever, you can no longer afford to let anyone else control your destiny — or to maintain outdated “psychological contracts” with your employer. You need to take control of your own career and future. With this book’s help, you can do just that — and make work more fulfilling than you ever dreamt possible.
113 of 132 people found the following review helpful
Sad to say this is too rosey a picture,
This review is from: Get a Life, Not a Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talents Work For You (Paperback)Hmmm so many five star reviews? Given the book I was shocked, until I found that most were written by reviewers who have only reviewed one book--this one!
Okay, on with the review.
Paula Caligiuri, a Professor of Human Resource Management at Rutgers points out that the social contract between employer and employee has changed, our work lives take up most of our lives. She encourages people to manage their careers not by changing jobs, but by nurchuring their talents. Professor Caligiuri is clearly a compassionate person who wants people to think seriously about how they spend their lives.
But Paula Caligiuri doesn't realize that people spend their lives in companies because gettting out of a company, at a senior level, and devoting yourself to freelance means making an irreversible decision--labeling yourself as one who "could not make it." If you are over the age of 45 you will be labeled as someone who is washed up. Don't believe me? Try... Read more
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Should be required reading,
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This review is from: Get a Life, Not a Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talents Work For You (Paperback)As a retired US Army NCO I know how important and difficult it is to advise people on career choices, most people want the answers handed to them. This book is a great tool to help people think for themselves, to look beyond what they do for a daily job and find options for careers within their hobbies and passions. I highly recommend this book. "Get a Life Not a Job" should be mandatory reading for all members of the military and their dependent spouses.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read for Career Building,
This review is from: Get a Life, Not a Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talents Work For You (Paperback)As a small business owner, author and former journalist, I found Dr. Caligiuri's advice exactly right on. I've always managed my career in similar way to what she suggests in Get a Life, Not a Job, and have found that my passion in my work and rewards from it grow every year. Each chapter offers great guidance about how to proceed and what to think about.
Readers who are looking for career fulfillment will find Get a Life, Not a Job a mind-opening, inspiring, well-written book with an array of easy-to-apply techniques to get you started. It's a Must Read if you are building your career.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Create a Personally, Professionally, and Financially Rewarding Career Doing What You Love 11
Chapter 2 Discover What Really Motivates You 39
Chapter 3 Propel Your Career Forward through Self-Development 65
Chapter 4 Enjoy Financial and Professional Security 83
Chapter 5 Increase Your Mental, Physical, and Emotional Well-Being 111
Chapter 6 Protect and Leverage Your Time, Money, and Human Resources 127
Chapter 7 Get a Life: Integrate Your Career with Your Life Priorities 159
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