10 Awesome Resources for Exploring New Career Directions — According to Experts

Has your career stopped working for you? Are you stuck in limbo, afraid or confused about stepping out of your comfort zone to something new? If that’s the case, then use this post to answer the question, “How can I find my profession?”

“Find My Profession” DIY Style

I recently gathered information from top career and leadership development experts about the best do-it-yourself resources available to career finders and career changers. They directed me to their time-tested tools, which I  have compiled into the slide deck below.

If you’re a reader, we have books. If you’re visual, we have videos. If you’re experiential, we have guided visualizations (I love slides 13 & 14!) and workbooks. You will find life-changing resources in these slides.

The deck starts with some brief, reassuring advice from career and life coach, Phyllis Mufson, and then dives right into the resources.

If you’re 100% DIY, then you will find what you need to answer the question, “How can I find my profession?” right here:

The 10 Best Books, Videos, Podcasts & Tools for Finding Your Career Direction 

Click here to view this presentation in SlideShare, here to see my other Slideshare presentations, and here to see my other YouTube videos. 

All the Links in the Video (no affiliate relationships)

Slide 8: Finding Your Way in a Wild New World (book).

Slide 9: Let Your Life Speak (book).

Slide 10: The New World of Work (book).

Slide 11: Start With Why (Ted Talk).

Slide 12: Values in Action (VIA) Character Strengths Survey (experiential).

Slide 13: Getting Unstuck (podcast).

Slide 14: The New Quick Job-Hunting Map (experiential).

Slide 15: The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (intro video & assessment).

Slide 16: Career Anchors (experiential).

Slide 17: Transitions, Making Sense of Life’s Changes (book).

“Find My Profession” with a Coach (no affiliate relationships)

If you want to work with a coach, Janet Civitelli, Phyllis Mufson, and Donna Schilder (in alpha order) are my “go to” recommendations for career changers. They have the knowledge, professional training, experience, and wisdom to help you decide on your next move.

Phyllis works out of the Eastern Time Zone, Janet is on Central Time, and Donna is on Pacific Time.

Don’t Miss the Comments Below

For this 2018 update to the original 2014 post, I’ve asked another group of career pros to add their recommendations in the comments section below. I hope no one feels lost after seeing all of these resources.

Sharing is Caring

BTW, if you know someone who wants to make a career change, but doesn’t know how to make it happen, then please share this deck with them.

They will enjoy the resources and thank you.

Knowing you want to make a change, but not knowing how to go about it, can feel both scary and lonely.

Image: Fotolia/Sergey Nivens
Updated March 2019

© 2014 – 2019, Donna Svei. All rights reserved.

Comments 26

  1. I would love to hear about others’ favorite resources. Please feel free to share them here!

  2. Thank you for this. It is especially important thing to consider for those that have been in a career for a long time and are looking for a change. Also important in a dynamic economy.

  3. Phil,

    It’s true, many people want second and even third or fourth careers. Thus, it’s good to know there are DIY and professional resources available to help with the pivot(s).


  4. BTW, I’ve provided a link to the original SlideShare because the embedded SlideShare isn’t functioning on my laptop. It worked when I wrote the post, but not now.

    I’ve tried numerous fixes without success. SlideShare Help (SlideShare is owned by LinkedIn) makes LinkedIn Help look good by comparison.

    I’d love feedback on:

    1. Whether or not you can operate the SlideShare within my blog.

    2. Anything you know about fixing it.



  5. Thank you, M.

    I was lucky to work with some colleagues who really know what they’re doing on this post.


  6. Janet,

    Thank you. I had some great advisors on this post.

    It was my 100% pleasure to mention your coaching services. As you know, we have some mutual clients. They rave about you!


  7. Donna, thanks for your kind mention here. I’m honored.

    The Values in Action (VIA) Inventory is my number one career resource because Martin Seligman’s research shows that if you find work that uses your Values in Action, you will feel more fulfilled, and most people exploring careers are looking for fulfillment.

    For experiential learners, I recommend this exercise: go to Barnes & Noble with a pad of paper. Walk the aisles and write down anything that interests you. Then use the list to brainstorm and research possible careers.

    I also recommend the “Ask Your Friends” exercise. Basically, just ask those that know you the best, what career(s) they think you’d enjoy.

    And, Informational Interviewing is great way to see if a career you’re interested in is a good fit for you.

    For those looking for their third profession or rewirement occupation or avocation, I recommend the book, the “The Third Age: 6 Principles for Growth & Renewal After 40” by William Sadler. And,
    “Rewirement: Rewiring The Way You Think About Retirement” by Jamie P. Hopkins is also very good.

  8. April,

    Thank you. It’s loaded on my Kindle as my Thanksgiving airport and airplane read. I love Janet’s Vocation Village blog so I’m looking forward to spending a little time with her e-book.


  9. Donna Schilder,

    I rarely get past the cookbooks. What’s does that mean?

    “Ask Your Friends” would be a fun approach to use over the holidays when you typically reconnect with those who mean the most to you.

    And I love “rewirement,” so much more alive than “retirement.”

    Thank you for these helpful ideas,

    Donna Svei (just keeping the Donnas straight)

  10. Here’s another Career Exploration resource (especially for auditory learners): a “Coaching for Leaders” podcast by Dave Stachowiak on “Reinventing Your Career”: https://bit.ly/2RONnqM.

    There are other Career resources on Dave’s podcast. Just use the search bar to find them.

  11. Hello Donna,
    Thanks for the terrific resources. Having recently interacted + gotten to know Donna Schilder through LinkedIn conversations, it was delightful to see her on your coaches recommendation list. As well, I’m a longtime Phyllis Mufson fan.

    I would recommend careerists seeking to disrupt themselves / their careers consider subscribing to Whitney Johnson’s Disrupt Yourself podcast: https://whitneyjohnson.com/disrupt-yourself-podcast/.

    All the best,

  12. Donna Schilder,

    Dave’s podcast sounds like something that would be perfect to listen to while commuting to work while wanting to change careers. 😉

    Thank you for sharing it.

    Donna Svei

  13. Jacqui,

    Thank you for another podcast recommendation. Building on what I just shared with Donna Schilder, maybe this can be the listen on the way home from work!

    Plus, I love the idea of “disrupt yourself.” That’s called living.

    Thank you so much for sharing this resource.


  14. Sam,

    That will keep you busy. You might want to start with one or two. That’s all it will take to get you going on a good path.


  15. Denny,

    Thank you. I’m happy that you’ve added some cross-cultural perspective to our conversation.


  16. Great resources! Thanks for sharing Donna. Love your story of using the visualization techniques.

  17. Swee Hoon,

    Thank you. The visualization that results from using the exercises in the book shown on Slide 8 is SO powerful!


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