Get a Life, Not a Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talents Work for You
Paula Caligiuri. FT Press, $19.99 (193pp) ISBN 978-0-13-705849-5
A psychologist, career coach, and Rutgers University professor of Human Resource Management, Caliguiri uses her significant practical wisdom to turn the pie-in-the-sky notion of ""doing what you love"" into an achievable lifestyle. Caligiuri makes a convincing case that, as employers no long show any long-term loyalty to their employees, it's up to workers to take control of their own destiny. Thus she provides a progressive plan of attack focusing on empowerment and fulfillment-chapters range from ""Discover What Really Motivates You"" to ""Integrate Your Career with Your Life Priorities""-with helpful questionnaires, exercises, and case studies of people whose multiple career ""acts"" have given them happiness as well as financial freedom (such as a nurse of 30 years who turned her love of sewing into a paying side business, or Caligiuri herself, whose career has included four acts). Though ""do what you love"" may seem like a luxurious conceit in a time of economic recession, Caligiuri provides a cumulative, practical plan for leveraging skills, talents, and interests to add income and value to life.
Reviewed on: 03/15/2010