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Friday, October 30, 2020
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9 books on work, education and more to read in Fall 2020

If you have to spend a lot of time indoors this fall, you might as well enjoy a good book. These books were all published in 2020 and cover a variety of topics including burnout, career counselling and career transition.

Burnout to Breakthrough: Building Resilience to Refuel, Recharge, and Reclaim What Matters – Eileen McDargh

McDargh guides the reader through the process of identifying energy drains and implementing strategies for handling them, whatever phase of life you are in. Her intention is to help you not only to successfully manage work and life demands but also make even larger strides in understanding how to put together a life by design and not by default.

Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation – Anne Helen Petersen

While burnout may seem like the default setting for the modern era, in Can’t Even, BuzzFeed culture writer and former academic Petersen argues that burnout is a definitional condition for millennials, born out of distrust in the institutions that have failed them, the unrealistic expectations of the modern workplace, and a sharp uptick in anxiety and hopelessness exacerbated by the constant pressure to “perform” their lives online.

Career Counseling: A Holistic View of Lifespan and Special Populations – Rebecca R. Sametz and Mary-Anne M. Joseph, Editors

Featuring contributed chapters by experts in the discipline, this book is designed to help readers competently and effectively provide career counselling to diverse populations at all stages of life. It begins by presenting foundational concepts for career counsellors, including an overview of the historical context of the career counselling profession, models and theories, as well as critical information on ethical and legal issues.

Individual Development Plan 2.0: Master Your Professional Development in 4 Practical Steps – Gonzalo Cordova

Take charge of your professional future in a strategic, simple, actionable and meaningful way by:

  • Step #1: Assessing your Capabilities
  • Step #2: Setting Your Long-Term Professional Goals
  • Step #3: Identifying Meaningful Capabilities
  • Step #4: Committing to Tangible Actions and Metrics
International Education as Public Policy in Canada – Merli Tamtik, Roopa Desai Trilokekar and Glen A. Jones, Editors

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of international education policy in Canada, tracing the complex history of when, how and why it emerged as a policy area of strategic importance.

Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Live – Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein

Who hasn’t felt drained by wasteful meetings, disorganized papers endless emails, and unnecessary tasks? These are the modern-day hazards of working, and they can slowly drain the joy from work, limit our chances of career progress, and undermine our well-being. Kondo and Sonenshein offer stories, studies and strategies to help you eliminate clutter and make space for work that really matters.

Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in CollegePeter Felten and Leo M. Lambert

In Relationship-Rich Education, Felten and Lambert demonstrate that for relationships to be central in undergraduate education, colleges and universities do not require immense resources, privileged students or specially qualified faculty and staff. All students learn best in an environment characterized by high expectation and high support, and all faculty and staff can learn to teach and work in ways that enable relationship-based education.

Starting Over: A Practical Guide For Reinventing Your Career In Midlife – Rajan Chopra

Transitioning to a new career can be scary and overwhelming, especially for those in mid-life. Fortunately, career reinvention is only perceived to be hard because most people simply do not know how to make it happen. Chopra provides the essential principles and action steps for overcoming challenges when transitioning careers.

The 2-Hour Job Search – Steve Dalton

The 2-Hour Job Search offers step-by-step, time-limited instructions for the most frustrating part of finding work — getting a first interview. This science-based process splits the job search into manageable pieces, each requiring at most 15 minutes, to help those looking for work conduct the best job search possible.


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Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
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