By Ana Margarita Olar|

Here are some helpful books that can help us bring about transformations in our career:

Test-Drive Your Dream Job A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding and Creating the Work You Love by Brian Kurth.

Brian Kurth is the founder of Vocations Vacations, a company that guides people to find a mentor and their dream job. This book depicts Kurth’s business which lets you have an idea and experience on what was it like to be a baker, butcher, candlestick maker, and other careers. The idea is to try out your dream job and do it (without quitting your day job). The actual training trips lasts up to three days, are conducted under the supervision of small and medium business owners both for-profit and non-profit.

The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nick Lore

Nick Lore is a long time career mentor and he released this updated version of his 1998 best seller which guides people in to assess their knowledge, talents, personalities, priorities in life, to determine job and career that would best fit them. Lore advices midlife career shifters to look for their personal clues about what inspires them or excites them even in minor details such as song lyrics. In this book, he also gives warning not to scrimp on the time it takes to make a change.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

When things in our present life and career get boring, hard, tiring, and causing us unhealthy stress, all we want is a transformation. But many people are afraid of the uncertainties when it comes to change especially if it would be a massive transformation of life and career. Chip and heath offer a guide to a successful transformation on their latest book. Change is inevitable from time to time. And although it is easier to give up and to think that it’s not worth the trouble, Chip Heath says: “Big changes can start with very small steps. Small changes tend to snowball. But this is not the same as saying that change is easy,” The book is well-researched from literature containing psychology, sociology, and other fields to give an insight on how to make successful changes on your career.

Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life by Marc Freedman

Marc Freedman is the founder and CEO of Civic Ventures and co-founder of Experience Corps, America’s largest nonprofit national service program for Americans over fifty-five years old. This book is a guide for people who want to transform their work field into a better place. It provides concrete steps to finding a meaningful new job.