A successful career switch doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process of self-reflection, trying things out, adding skills and more — and it can take a few years to get things rolling. That’s why The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career by Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew, cofounders of the popular career site The Muse, appealed to me. And I believe it will appeal to many of you pondering a career shift as well.
“The advice in this book is going to be focused on that two-to-five-year horizon; on getting you ready to make the most of what you are doing today and for the next few years,” Cavoulacos and Minshew write. “The best part is you can return to it again and again — the practices and thought exercises we’re doing here will serve you not only now, but the next time you’re ready for another step, shift, or reinvention in your career.”
Preparing for Your Next Act
While The Muse tends to skew Millennial (its founders are in their early 30s), this straightforward guidebook isn’t confined to the newly-minted graduate. It covers the workplace waterfront from resumés to networking to job interviews that can help people of all ages and in all stages of their careers.
If you’re in your 50s or 60s and job searching for the first time in decades or pondering shifting fields to pursue a passion, The New Rules of Work captures the essence of what you need to prepare for your next act. (Curiously, though, there’s no chapter on starting a business, which is odd given the success of Cavoulacos and Minshew with The Muse, which they launched five years ago.)
One of the underlying takeaways from the book, which I preach with regularity, is that to follow a career path you love, you need a good grasp of your career values — from flexibility to compensation to creativity. What do you really want to get out of work? That must be your guide to navigating your career.