5 Must-Read Books to Improve Your Career

A new year had kicked in and it’s time to take control of your career. There’s no point in sitting twiddling your thumb hoping for life to happen. You need to take control and responsibility for your future. Review where you are now and see where you can improve. That’s the same for a career in finance as anywhere else. 

In order to get you started, here are some important books you should be reading to move you ahead of the crowd, regardless of the industry you are in:

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What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard N Bolles: This is one of the best books out there for helping you to get a handle on your career. It’s packed full of tricks, tips, and techniques on everything from how to interview, how to work out what role is best for you, and even how to start your own business.

The best thing about it is it’s been around for decades but gets updated every single year. Clearly, it must be doing something right!

Do What You Are by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron: It’s all well and good saying you want a new job, but do you know what type of role works best for you? This is where the analysis of personality type can play a major role. Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know. We find ourselves struggling to understand why we aren’t enjoying a job we thought would be perfect.This long-time bestseller helps us unravel what makes us happy at work.

The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicolas Lore: The concept of graduating from college to then graft at the same company for your entire career is going the same way as the dodo.

The world has changed and we have to adapt because of that. How do we make sense of the seemingly ever-changing world of unlimited options out there?  This is a classic bestseller and career-design bible for college graduates and midlife career-changers alike.

Pivot: The Art and Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life by Adam Markel: This book on personal reinvention is one of the most talked about career books of recent years.

It was written by a massively successful career coach who designed a system for shaping your career path in the twenty-first century. It’s a great book for developing an appreciation for what you already have and hope for what can also be in the future.

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. This certainly isn’t a conventional career book. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

It tries to tear up some long-established rules to show you don’t have to operate in the conventional 9-5 paradigm. It shows you how to be more efficient and effective in life and work by applying new principles.

If you’re looking for a standard, structured framework, this book might not be for you. If you are looking at finding a new way to look at the world, read on.

It’s Up to You!

Don’t forget that the days of relying on a company to look after you all the way until retirement are long gone. You’ve got to shape how your career evolves on your own terms. Do it now while you’re still thinking about it.