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Career Leap : How to Reinvent and Liberate Your Career - Michelle Gibbings

Career Leap

How to Reinvent and Liberate Your Career

Paperback Published: 26th January 2018
ISBN: 9780730352198
Number Of Pages: 208

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The world is changing. How we work is changing. Now more than ever people need to be comfortable designing and orchestrating their own career path. The days of a traditional, linear career are long gone. We are approaching a crunch point as the pace of change outstrips the development of new roles. In the next twenty years, estimates are that 40% of roles that currently exist will be automated or done by robots. No role, profession, industry or geography is inoculated from this impact. People entering the workforce now, are likely to have at least 17 different employers, and five different careers during their lifetime. This is only going to increase. What is also different is that employees will need to adapt to a paradigm shift in terms of what it means to be employed. As the level of freelancing increases they may work for multiple employers at the same time, or more frequently move from job to job and in to different roles. The ‘gig economy’ is well underway, and yet workers are unprepared.  Why? Because they are stuck in the past; holding on to an outdated view of what a career path looks like, or a limited view of what having a successful career entails. They are stuck on the idea of a typical career path encompassing the following phases: entry, exploration, establishment, maintenance and retirement. In practice this meant that people moved, for example, from entry level roles through to middle management and then ultimately retirement. Careers don’t work like that anymore. They are far more fluid, flexible and adaptive.

Essentially they aren’t aware they need to find the right balance between whether they focus their time on their present job or their future, and whether they focus on their career passively or actively. By failing to find those balances they end up being one of:

  • Apathetic - They are so focused on the present they spend no time preparing for the future. Ultimately, they get left behind.
  • Anxious - They let their fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of the future cause them to make easy and less risky career decisions. Ultimately, they get so overwhelmed that they drift.
  • Arrogant – They are so confident of their place in the present that they don’t take the long term view of their career. They ignore the fact that the world changes, and therefore they fail to see that they always need to continue to learn and be challenged. Ultimately, through their over-confidence they lose their way.

Consequently, they are failing to ready themselves for a working environment that is demanding unprecedented levels of career reinvention, deliberate decisions and ongoing action. To thrive in this new working world, people need to be ready, willing and able to leap into the unknown.

This book provides the reader with a way forward. It sheds light on the choices they can make and the steps to take to reignite, reshape and liberate their career. It provides the techniques and practices needed to enable the reader to have the confidence to change, and the capability to make career leaps. Career Leap introduces the reader to the career reinvention cycle, guiding them through its four phases and the 12 key steps they need to follow to successfully leap from one career to another. You can’t future proof your role, but you can future proof your career. Get ready to lea


Great read for anyone wanting to "take the leap"


If you are looking for a guide to help steer your career in a new direction, then Career Leap is the book for you. It's packed with ideas, useful tips, practical exercises and great interviews. I found it to be an invaluable guide.



Michelle takes the guess work out of career leaps!


I regularly recommend this book to clients and friends who are considering a change but aren't sure about your next career step, you will be after reading Career Leap. This book helps you take the guess work out of making a career move. A great career guide, which I highly recommend.



Thoughtfully written and practical!


Thoughtfully written and practically directed Career Leap is everything you look for in a career book – and more! I'd recommend it to everyone looking to make a career change.



Brilliant and practical read - so useful for your career


Great to read such a practical and well-written book. It has been useful for team that I am mentoring as s guide in their early career and also friends and colleagues at senior levels to help them navigate crucial career milestones and decisions. Would highly recommend.



A great book gives you tips to get you future proof


This book will help you work out what the future holds for you and then it will also help with tactics and a plan to bring that future to life



Practical handbook to help your decision making


Having recently made a career change, this book helped me consider the practical steps and considerations I needed to think of. A great read an author who's been there and done it herself.



A must read book no matter where you are in your career


This is the essential, practical career sense check guide everyone needs. The true power this book is in the process it guides you through. You'll learn how to understand if your career is fit for the future and then how to decide if you want to tweak your career or wholesale change it. Most importantly the book breaks the process down into easy, well reasoned steps, to ensure you are setting yourself up for success no matter how big or small the changes. So next Friday night instead of moaning about work over a couple of glasses of wine, resolve to invest in yourself and spend a few days stepping through the exercises in this book. Surely your future is worth investing a weekend in. Your family and friends will thank you for it.



An essential companion for career transition


Michelle's book is a really timely read for anyone pondering "future proofing" their career in exciting times of change. It's full of practical insights and I find myself dipping back into it again and again as I go through my own process. Also references some great further reading and resources if you want to drill down in any areas.



Looking to make a career leap...this book is a must read.


I have been considering changing roles and taking the next step in my professional career. Michelle's book has really helped me to think through and plan this move. I am now clear on what role I am looking for and how to prepare myself for a successful outcome. The book is an easy read that is packed full of great examples and exercises to put you through your paces. You'll definitely be 'career change fit' by the time you've finished.

Ringwood, Victoria


Practical Advice


Career Leap gives you practical advice on how to own your career path. I felt quite a lot of the information was very relevant.

Melbourne, Australia


Career Leap

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Foreword xv

About the author xvii

Acknowledgements xix

Preface xxi

Leap online xxv

Introduction xxvii

Phase 1: ASSESS: Where are you in your career now? 1

1 Check: Are you future fit? 3

2 Realise: What is your potential? 15

Phase 2: ARCHITECT: Where do you want to be? 37

3 Explore: What are your options? 39

4 Choose: What will you progress? 57

5 Construct: What plan will you follow? 69

Phase 3: ACTIVATE: How will you get there? 85

6 Shape: What is your new career identity? 87

7 Influence: How will you enter the market? 101

8 Focus: How can you make each day matter? 117

Phase 4: ACCELERATE: How will you leap quickly and successfully? 133

9 Launch: How will you transition and land? 135

10 Advance: When will you celebrate and what will you do next? 151

A message from Michelle 159

Sources 161

Index 165

ISBN: 9780730352198
ISBN-10: 0730352196
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 26th January 2018
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Australia Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1