For anyone seeking a change in career, or post-retirement options for that matter, the new book by Samuel Greengard, ‘Crash Course in Finding the Work You Love‘, is a veritable treasure trove of everything one might ever want or need in pursuing such a life sea-change.
This is a highly readable book that offers a broad array of interesting facts, figures and case studies about career change. The author, who describes his own journeys along the personal self reinvention trail, is truthful and helpful. Unlike similar books, this author achieves his objectives without an iota of pretension. Given the many, many books already published that deal with this subject matter, Greengard is to be commended for both his candor and ability to distill and simplify the many complex issues entailed in such an endeavor.
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The author works hard to have the reader accompany him along a road that encompasses 14 chapters. Each, however, is structured in such a way as to maintain high reader interest. He does so by providing well-written text combined with case studies, charts, work sheets and anecdotes. There’s even a tool kit to help you on your way to a new and different career. As if this isn’t enough, Mr. Greengard also provides a bounteous listing of referrals, complete with current contact information.
One of his most salient points, however, deals with an individuals capacity to dream, to possibly restore some long-forgotten passion, and to be free of what he colorfully characterizes as ‘golden handcuffs.’ Despite his singular enthusiasm for career change and personal reinvention, the author also soberly recounts the missteps and potential problems that such changes can create. He’s balanced these equities quite well, with the objective of helping potential change seekers construct a strong foundation from which to launch their new beginning.
Overall, this book is highly recommended for anyone contemplating a possible career change, as well as thos eof us who are already seekers and dreamers. Given Mr. Greengards’ keen insights into the world of work and personal enrichment, this book should be on the ‘must read’ list for all HR professionals.