Today’s review is Smart Career Moves for Smart Women: How To Succeed in Career Transitions. A self-help book which aims to guide those looking for a career change. This, as with anything new and unknown, is a daunting experience, so having a book which focuses on the options available and gives advice as to where to start, is a good book to have for not only current reading but also for future reference.
To quote Susan:
This book is about change in our professional lives. It examines how we can take charge of our careers, move more easily from one phase of our life to the next.
Does this sound interesting to you? Then read on…
Susan Doering is an international career and leadership coach who operates globally, coaching individuals to achieve professional success and facilitating career development training courses for private and public sector organisations.
Having transitioned herself from university lecturing to global event production and then again to executive training and coaching, she has had many lives building her career while nurturing her passions for music and literature and raising two sons.
Susan lives in London, where she is an active campaigner for diversity and inclusion and environmental causes. She is also a keen gardener in her local community garden in Greenwich.
Written for the businesswoman and professional, this book offers insights and guidance on making the right decisions about career paths and shows ways to strategically prepare for a career transition, be it a promotion, change of sector, setting up one’s own business, or even changing careers altogether.
Women are looking more and more at a change of work set-up (to ‘at home’ and hybrid models) and what they want out of their careers and wider life. In easy-to-follow steps, this book demystifies the unwritten rules of making a successful career transition. The reader is provided with a highly practical guide to navigating professional changes at all career points and of all types – as well as a toolkit to facilitate the practice of these new skills and approaches. The book encourages professional women to stop, reflect, and do the groundwork on where they want their career to go. It provides the tools to identify what they want, prepare for change, and cultivate the necessary skills and self-confidence key to a successful career transition.
The insights and actionable steps contained in this book make it an invaluable resource for professional women looking to achieve success and navigate the transitional stages of their career, re-enter the workplace after a career break, or who simply want to develop the tools and skills to make smart career moves.
Smart Career Moves for Smart Women is packed with good advice. Susan Doering clearly knows her stuff. The book begins with Susan’s introduction as to why she wrote the book and her own personal experiences. Having read this, I felt I could relate to Susan, leaving me keen to read on. Whilst reading, Susan advises keeping a coaching journal. There are useful exercises and suggestions for reflection throughout the book. By taking notes in a journal, the reader will have a useful record of their progress to refer back on.
Each chapter goes into depth, making sure the reader is fully knowledgeable and aware of the subjects discussed. It opens doors to possibilities the reader may not have been aware of. There are so many choices for finding the perfect work-life balance/work-life mix.
This book covers no end of perspectives. Here are just a few examples covered in Smart Moves for Smart Women: Women returning to work following a long break, those setting up their own business, beginning a new career in a new company or embarking on a new role due to promotion. Not everyone is a natural manager and having the skills to manage others successfully takes time, patience and experience – the chapter entitled: Moving In Power covers this topic thoroughly and leaves much food for thought. Even confidence and facing the all-dreaded Imposter Syndrome is covered (Part IV: Believing in Yourself), and I know there are many of us out there who can relate to this.
For any woman embarking on a career change, this book comes highly recommended.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My next review is, Once a Mother, Always a Mother: On Life With Adult Children, by Annette Byford.
The book follows the stages of motherhood, from early years - children leaving home. It includes such topics as welcoming children’s partners into the family, grandparenthood and adult children supporting elderly parents.
Until then, stay safe and happy reading.