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How to be happy at work : a practical guide to career satisfaction
Hirsch, Arlene S., 1951-
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : JIST Works, [2004]

Physical Description:
x, 294 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Love your work and success will follow. c1996.

Includes index.
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HF5381 .H516 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Popular Materials-Job

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Whether you're choosing your career for the first time, rethinking the choices you made years before, or deciding how to spend your pre- and post-retirement years productively, the right career can make all the difference in whether your work life is happy. Using the worksheets and real-life stories in this book, you will gain the insight to make the right choices, succeed in your career, and overcome your past career mistakes. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Arlene S. Hirsch is a career counselor and psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago She is a senior lecturer in career psychology at Northwestern University

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Booklist Review

Hirsch is the founder of a career and psychological counseling company in Chicago and a senior lecturer at Northwestern University. In this second edition of her book, she writes that to be deeply fulfilled through their jobs, workers must integrate their financial needs and goals with their spiritual desires. Spirituality in this sense refers to those animating life principles that enable you to feel most completely alive. Part 1 introduces a number of psychological challenges that need to be addressed and resolved, including the need to create a personal life agenda and timetable. Part 2 discusses some of the difficult organizational realities that have evolved over the last decade, including the loss of job security. Part 3 explores alternative work styles and schedules to increase autonomy and enhance the quality of life. There are chapters on midlife career transitions, achieving career security, business ethics, quitting a job, balancing work and personal life, and starting a business. --George Cohen Copyright 2003 Booklist

Table of Contents

Part 1 Career Choice and Success from Graduation to Retirement and Beyondp. 1
Chapter 1 Career Choice: What Do You Want to Be...Now That You're Grown Up?p. 3
Career-Choice Generation Gapsp. 5
Looking Forward to Career Growthp. 13
Take a Personal Career Interest Surveyp. 18
Chapter 2 Do You Know the Secrets of Career Success?p. 25
Rule 1 Motivation Is the Key to Successp. 26
Rule 2 Success Takes Hard Workp. 28
Rule 3 Follow Your Dreamp. 30
Rule 4 Honor Your Talentsp. 34
Rule 5 Manage Yourselfp. 36
Rule 6 Take Calculated Risksp. 39
Chapter 3 Fail(ure) Is Not a Four-Letter Wordp. 47
The Thrill of Defeat?p. 49
Common Causes of Career Failurep. 51
Turning Failures Aroundp. 62
Chapter 4 Oh No, 50!: Midlife Career Transitionsp. 69
Are You Just Waiting for a Pension?p. 71
A New Phase of Lifep. 72
Managing Late Career Changep. 80
Limitless Potentialp. 83
Part 2 Career Securityp. 93
Chapter 5 Achieving Career Security in Turbulent Timesp. 95
Do Good Workp. 96
Develop Marketable Skillsp. 97
Be Willing to Pitch Inp. 99
Expect the Unexpectedp. 99
Develop an Innovative Spiritp. 101
Learn to Manage Riskp. 101
Know How to Job Huntp. 103
Feed Your Rolodexp. 105
Chapter 6 How to Love the Job You Hatep. 113
Strategy 1 Stop Watching the Clockp. 114
Strategy 2 Learn to Take a Complimentp. 115
Strategy 3 Pat Yourself on the Back (Occasionally)p. 116
Strategy 4 Take Criticism for What It's Worthp. 118
Strategy 5 View Politics as a Challengep. 119
Strategy 6 Build Positive Relationshipsp. 123
Strategy 7 Stay Positivep. 125
Strategy 8 Take Responsibility for Your Own Happinessp. 125
Strategy 9 Don't Confuse Your Job with Your Lifep. 127
Strategy 10 Have a Plan to Get Outp. 128
Chapter 7 Layoff Survivors' Dilemma: Put Up or Shut Upp. 133
Anxiety Rulesp. 134
Get in Touch with Your Emotionsp. 135
Devise New Solutionsp. 137
Make a Commitment to Be Part of the Solutionp. 140
Attitude Is a Key Variablep. 141
View This as a Learning Opportunityp. 142
Don't Let Others Hold You Backp. 144
Be Prepared to Walk Awayp. 146
Chapter 8 Quitting Your Jobp. 153
The Lies We Tell Ourselvesp. 154
Timing Your Departurep. 160
An Emotional Journeyp. 162
Saying Farewellp. 163
Part 3 The Path to Career Happinessp. 171
Chapter 9 Business Ethics: What's Your Bottom Line?p. 173
An FBI Agent Stands Up for Her Principlesp. 175
A Lack of Ethicsp. 176
The Argument for Business Ethicsp. 178
When Co-Workers Do Wrongp. 180
There's Strength in Numbersp. 182
Fight Subtle Pressuresp. 183
Find a Role Modelp. 185
Defend Your Rightsp. 186
Reshape the Worldp. 187
Trust Your Inner Strengthp. 188
Chapter 10 Work/Life Balance: Making a Life While Making a Livingp. 197
Take a Breakp. 199
Thinking of a Permanent Vacation?p. 201
Starting a Whole New Lifep. 203
Less Is More?p. 205
Moving Someplace Else Isn't Always the Answerp. 207
Alternative Work Arrangementsp. 209
Pay Attention to Yourselfp. 213
Start on the Right Footp. 215
Chapter 11 Having Fun at Workp. 221
Laughter Really Is the Best Medicinep. 222
Laugh in the Face of Fearp. 224
Finding Everyday Funp. 224
From Play to Successp. 227
What Delights You?p. 231
Take on a New Adventurep. 233
Improve Your Social Lifep. 234
Chapter 12 We, Inc.: Working with Others or Starting Your Own Businessp. 243
Managing Your Bossp. 243
Finding a Mentorp. 247
Starting Your Own Businessp. 251
Appendix Your Career Happiness Planp. 263
Indexp. 289