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The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention

Essential Survival Skills for Any Economy

By Pamela Mitchell
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The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention: Essential Survival Skills for Any Economy by Pamela Mitchell

The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention (2010) teaches you the career survival skills you need for the twenty-first century economy. No matter what industry you’re trying to break into, this book will help you create a successful roadmap to your goal.

  • People who dread Monday mornings because they want a new job
  • Those who feel they might have missed their vocation
  • Anyone interested in how job security might look in the twenty-first century

Pamela Mitchell is a career coach, public speaker and media personality who has reinvented her career several times over the course of her life. She is founder and CEO of The Reinvention Institute, an organization devoted to helping professionals transform their careers.

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The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention

Essential Survival Skills for Any Economy

By Pamela Mitchell
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The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention: Essential Survival Skills for Any Economy by Pamela Mitchell
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The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention (2010) teaches you the career survival skills you need for the twenty-first century economy. No matter what industry you’re trying to break into, this book will help you create a successful roadmap to your goal.

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If you want to change your career, you first need a vision for your life.

What would you do if you didn’t have to worry about money? In all likelihood, your current job is a far cry from what you would like to do. But it’s equally likely that there’s a job out there that more closely resembles your vision.

This should be the starting point for your career reinvention.

Your career is an important tool in developing the life you want to live. For example, if you have two young children you want to spend more time with, then a research position that forces you to stay in the Antarctic for half a year probably isn’t for you.

If you want to reinvent your career, you need to closely examine how you want to live. One good way to figure this out is through an exercise in which you imagine your ideal working day in as much detail as possible:

Do you wake up at the crack of dawn? Is your office at home, or somewhere downtown? What does your office look like? Are you a lone wolf, or do you work with a team?

Continue with these questions until you’ve fleshed out your ideal working day from beginning to end. Dare to dream big. Your ideal working day should really resonate with you.

However, though you should dream big, you shouldn’t let your vision become infected by myths and fantasies. In other words, don’t pursue impossible dreams. Instead, inform yourself as much as possible so you can make a smart decision.

For example, if your dream is to travel and see the world, you might want to become a pilot. But while pilots do indeed travel and see lots of places, they often arrive at each destination exhausted, and have to use their short stay to rest for the next flight.

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