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10 Excellent Resources for Finding a New Career Direction

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

Find a New Career Direction DIY Style

To help, 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 shared their time-tested, favorite tools with me. You will see them compiled into the video below.

If you’re a reader, we have books; visual, we have videos; or hands-on, we have guided visualizations and workbooks.

Throughout the video, you will find life-changing resources that can help you determine career goals, a career path, and start you toward the career success you want.

First, the video provides some brief, reassuring advice from career and life coach, Phyllis Mufson. Then, it dives right into the resources.

So, if you’re 100% DIY, you will find what you need to answer the question, “How can I find a new career direction?” right here:

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

Resource Links

After you view the video, to make it easy for you to find the resources, I’ve provided links to each of them (no affiliate relationships):

  1. Finding Your Way in a Wild New World (book).
  2. Let Your Life Speak (book).
  3. The New World of Work (book).
  4. Start With Why (Ted Talk).
  5. Values in Action (VIA) Character Strengths Survey (experiential).
  6. Getting Unstuck (podcast).
  7. The New Quick Job-Hunting Map (experiential).
  8. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (intro video).
  9. Career Anchors (experiential).
  10. Transitions, Making Sense of Life’s Changes (book).

Find a New Career Direction with a Coach

But what 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. You will find each of them on LinkedIn. I do not have affiliate relationships with Phyllis, Janet, or Donna. I simply respect and admire their work. In addition, I’ve have had 100% positive feedback from our mutual clients.

Don’t Miss the Comments Below

Finally, to update the original 2014 post, I’ve asked another group of career pros to add their recommendations in the comments section below.

Sharing is Caring

BTW, if you know someone who wants to figure out what their dream job is, or find a new career direction, but doesn’t know how to make it happen, then please share this post with them.

Knowing you want a change, but not knowing how to go about it, can feel both scary and lonely. They will appreciate the resources and thank you.

Image: Fotolia/Sergey Nivens
Updated August 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. What a great list, Donna! These books are like a master course in career decision-making. Your resources are always so useful. Thank you so much for mentioning my career coaching services.

  7. 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!


  8. 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.

  9. 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.


  10. 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)

  11. Here’s another Career Exploration resource (especially for auditory learners): a “Coaching for Leaders” podcast by Dave Stachowiak on “Reinventing Your Career”:

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

  12. 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:

    All the best,

  13. 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

  14. 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.


  15. What a super informative video! Thank you so much for sharing Donna. I just added your books to my reading list!!!

  16. 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.


  17. Denny,

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


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

  19. 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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