Jonathan Black - Where am I Going and Can I Have a Map? - Little, Brown Book Group

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds
Other Formats
  • Paperback
    More information
    • ISBN:9781472137586
    • Publication date:15 Mar 2017
  • Paperback
    More information
    • ISBN:9781472143693
    • Publication date:02 May 2019

Where am I Going and Can I Have a Map?

How to take control of your career plan – and make it happen

By Jonathan Black

  • E-Book
  • £P.O.R.

Learn how to make a career plan that suits you and take action to make it happen.

'We will certainly be recommending the book to all our parents. It's quite simply the best available' - George Fussey, Head of Career Education, Eton College

'One of the most practical and comprehensible career guides ever produced' - Baroness Gillian Shephard

From the Financial Times careers adviser, this book of wisdom will help you feel more empowered about your career. You can read it from beginning to end, or dive into specific sections for immediate advice on, for example, writing your CV.

There are three sections:

Stepping Back - What's this all about?

The bigger issues that frame the whole area of your career and jobs; looking down on your career map from 10,000 feet. Practicalities - What do I do on Monday Morning?

CVs, applications, interviews and all the other details on your map. Along the Way - Or, How do I Keep Going?
How to cope with the hurdles and challenges that you might encounter while you're travelling along your route It includes an extensive set of real examples to bring it all alive, and is grounded with helpful statistics and sociological research.

'Indispensable, inviting and engaging' - Prof Dame Carol Black, DBE, FRCP, FMedSci

'A book about how to lead a happy life' - James Hodgson, Bedford School

'A uniquely powerful guidebook' - Mark Byford, Egon Zehnder

'The definitive careers guide' - David Palfreyman, OBE

'Wise, calming and pragmatic' - Emma Jacobs, FT

'A true career design compendium' - Caroline Konrad, Ryerson University

'Winningly combines anecdotes, surveys and years of professional experience' - Dr Tim Hands, Winchester School

'Elegant, light and humorous style' - Prof Dame Carol Black, DBE, FRCP, FMedSci

'From an expert at the top of his game' - David Palfreyman, OBE

Biographical Notes

Author Jonathan Black has been Director of the Careers Service at the University of Oxford for the last eight years. Before that, he's had a number of different jobs including: management consultant, professional publisher, co-founder of a start-up company, finance director, aerospace engineer, computer salesman, and strategy director. He has worked in the UK, Europe and the USA, in small businesses and large corporations, private and public sector. In his day job, he works one-to-one with students, presents at international conferences, on the radio and TV, and comes up with new ideas and programmes to help students in schools, university and beyond, to improve their career prospects.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781472137593
  • Publication date: 15 Mar 2017
  • Page count:
  • Imprint: Robinson
We will certainly be recommending the book to all our parents. It's quite simply the best available. — George Fussey, Head of Career Education, Eton College
For students spending £27k-£36k on their degrees, a further £12.99 on this book is a certain step towards getting a better return on that massive investment. — David Palfreyman, Director, Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies
Winningly combines undergraduate anecdotes, professional surveys, and years of top level professional experience, providing as a consequence an indispensable and totally authoritative source of wisdom to students, teachers and parents alike. — Dr Tim Hands, Headmaster, Winchester College
From an expert at the top of his game . . . the definitive careers guide for a stressed generation of high-fees debt-laden graduates understandably far more concerned about employment than ever before. Grounded in theory, he provides a wealth of practical advice. — David Palfreyman, OBE FRSA, Director, Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies

This is not just a book about careers; it is a book about how to lead a happy life.
Both as a philosophy for career planning and as a last minute crib for interviews, this book is invaluable for all those setting out upon the next step. It is a treasure trove of common sense and experience, underpinned by the wisdom of a life well-trodden.

— James Hodgson, Headmaster, Bedford School
A guide for people of all ages as they prepare, often hesitantly, to take an unfamiliar path. Better than a map, this book shows by captivating example how we can shape our own lives and careers. — Professor Dame Carol Black DBE FRCP FMedSci, Principal, Newnham College, Cambridge.
This must be one of the most practical and comprehensible career guides ever produced. It is also extremely reassuring for the reader, who needs to understand that there is a mass of help and advice to hand, and that in a rapidly changing world, a career choice is not necessarily for ever. It is packed with useful practical advice on how to consider your personal options, how to construct a CV, how to prepare for an interview - pointing out that a thorough knowledge of your own CV is essential! - and how to approach the tricky issue of salary negotiation, among many other invaluable tips. — Baroness Gillian Shephard of Northwold, Secretary of State for Education and Employment, 1994-97
This is not yet another book on cv writing, job interviews and salary negotiations... Where Am I Going and Can I Have a Map offers a fresh approach to personalised career development in a personal tone of voice. Under headings like "not a life sentence", "passing the two second test" and "trial by sherry" the author shares original "words of wisdom" from his rich experience and engages (prospective) professionals in an aerial view on career exploration. — Wijnand Aalderink, director Career Services and Corporate Relations, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
I wish I had had this book when I was leaving university, worrying that my friends' paths were the right ones. The book tackles the anxiety and indecision head-on. Black is a wise, calming and pragmatic advisor to those climbing the first rungs of the career ladder. — Emma Jacobs, Financial Times
A true career design compendium for the 21st century graduate. The author's extensive global experience, combined with his role leading one of higher education's most innovative Career Centres, is now available for all to benefit from. Realistic in its approach, this indispensable guide addresses and empathetically tackles the sensitive issues confronting students, such as family pressure to pursue a particular path. Acknowledging the competing demands of student life - both academic and co-curricular, the rich guidance provided is complemented by pragmatic exercises to assist the reader with converting goals to action. — Caroline Konrad, Director, Ryerson University Career Centre, Toronto, Canada
Jonathan Black has written a uniquely powerful guidebook for those taking the first steps in their career journey. He provides a rare combination of really current knowledge of the detailed practical steps that are needed, with the clarity of perspective and judgement garnered from many years working in careers advice and related research. The result is a manifesto for action, helping the reader quickly orient themselves towards a path that reflects their individual goals and skills, while accessing the experience of many others about how best to progress along it. — Mark Byford, Senior Partner, Egon Zehnder London
Reading it is like having a really good conversation with someone who knows you well who is able to challenge your limiting assumptions and get you to rethink some rather useless cliches. I thoroughly recommend the book not just for undergraduates or recent graduates but for their advisers and tutors. — Cathy O’Neill, Head of Careers and Coordinator of Lifelong Learning, Oxford High School GDST

Not only full of indispensable guidance, this book is also a joy to read. This is witty, encouraging and intelligent with some great stories and superb insights.

— Dr Helen Emmott, Head of Talent, The Whitehall & Industry Group
From giving students an insider's perspective on employer's recruitment strategies to helping them build up a communications tool kit for answering questions in interviews, Jonathan's straightforward, common sense approach takes the fear out of thinking about your career. — Natascia Phillips, i/c Pupil Development and The Student Consultancy, Berkhamsted School
The book is a highly readable and accessible approach to career planning and action - aimed at 16 to 30 year olds. — Oxford Times
This is a must-read book for anyone standing (or about to stand) at a careers-crossroad in life - or those charged with (or interested in) guiding them. ... If you're about to leave school, college or university, get a copy before you do much else. It might just help you onto the right track. — Michael Bond, Vice-Principal Education, Berkhamsted Schools Group
Da Capo Lifelong Books

A Walking Life

Antonia Malchik
Authors:
Antonia Malchik
Seal Press

Imagination Transforms Everything

Andrea Kasprzak
Authors:
Andrea Kasprzak
Robinson

The War for Kindness

Jamil Zaki
Authors:
Jamil Zaki

Empathy has been on people's mind a lot lately. Philosophers, evolutionary scientists and indeed former President Obama agree that an increase in empathy could advance us beyond the hatred, violence and polarization in which the world seems caught. Others disagree, arguing it is easiest to empathize with people who look, talk or think like us. As a result, empathy can inspire nepotism, racism and worse. Having studied the neuroscience and psychology of empathy for over a decade, Jamil Zaki thinks both sides of this debate have a point. Empathy is sometimes an engine for moral progress, and other times for moral failure. But Zaki also thinks that both sides are wrong about how empathy works. Both scientists and non-scientists commonly argue that empathy is something that happens to you, sort of like an emotional knee-jerk reflex. Second, they believe it happens more to some people than others. This lines people up along a spectrum, with deep empaths on one end and psychopaths on the other. What's more, wherever we are on that spectrum, we're stuck there. In The War for Kindness, Zaki lays out a very different view of how empathy works, one that breaks these two assumptions. Empathy is not a reflex; it's a choice. We choose empathy (or apathy) constantly: when we read a tragic novel, or cross the street to avoid a homeless person, or ask a distraught friend what's the matter. This view has crucial consequences: if empathy is less a trait (like height), and more a skill (like being good at word games), then we can improve at it. By choosing it more often, we can flex our capabilities and grow more empathic over time. We can also "tune" empathy, ramping it up in situations where it will help and turning it down when it might backfire. Zaki takes us from the world of doctors who train medical students to empathise better to social workers who help each other survive empathising too much. From police trainers who help cadets avoid becoming violent cops to political advocates who ask white Americans to literally walk a (dusty) mile in Mexican immigrants' shoes. This book will give you a deepened understanding of how empathy works, how to control it and how to become the type of empathiser you want to be.

New Harbinger

The Upward Spiral Workbook

Alex Korb
Authors:
Alex Korb

Positive life changes lead to positive brain changes. Drawing on the huge success of his groundbreaking book, The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb offers actionable, step-by-step skills to help you reshape your brain and create an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life.Depression is defined by a collection of symptoms. You feel crappy most of the time. Nothing seems interesting, and everything seems overwhelming. You have trouble with sleep. You feel guilty and anxious and have thoughts that life isn't worth living. Each symptom reinforces and inspires new symptoms, and this is a sign that your brain circuits are caught in the downward spiral of depression. So, how can you reverse it?In his first book, The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb demystified the intricate brain processes that cause depression and outlined a practical and effective approach for getting better. Based on the latest research, this evidence-based workbook takes the theory behind Korb's breakthrough book and distills it into concrete, actionable exercises and skills.Just as one small trigger can drag you down, an effective intervention can start enough momentum to carry you back up.Exercise, attention to breathing, gratitude, sleep hygiene, and positive social interactions are just some of the offerings in this workbook that can help alter activity in specific neural circuits, setting you on the path toward an upward spiral to happiness and well-being.

New Harbinger

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook

Martha Davis
Authors:
Martha Davis

Now in its seventh edition-with more than one million copies sold worldwide-The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook remains the go-to resource for stress reduction strategies that can be incorporated into even the busiest lives.The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook broke new ground when it was first published in 1980, detailing easy, step-by-step techniques for calming the body and mind in an increasingly overstimulated world. Now in its seventh edition, this fully revised and updated workbook-highly regarded by therapists and their clients-offers the latest stress reduction techniques to combat the effects of stress and integrate healthy relaxation habits into every aspect of daily life.This new edition also includes powerful self-compassion practices, fully updated chapters on the most effective tools for coping with anxiety, fear, and panic-such as worry delay and defusion, two techniques grounded in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)-as well as a new section focused on body scan.In the workbook, you'll explore your own stress triggers and symptoms, and learn how to create a personal action plan for stress reduction. Each chapter features a different method for relaxation, explains why the method works, and provides on-the-spot exercises you can do when you feel stressed out. The result is a comprehensive yet accessible workbook that will help you to curb stress and cultivate a more peaceful life.

New Harbinger

The Inner Bonding Workbook

Paul, Margaret
Authors:
Paul, Margaret
New Harbinger

The New Happiness

Matthew McKay
Authors:
Matthew McKay

We all want to be happy, but how do we achieve it? This unique workbook blends spiritual wisdom with evidence-based psychological practices to help you achieve lasting fulfilment.Most of us are searching for happiness in one form or another, but the "happiness" we've been conditioned to pursue is often elusive and fleeting. When we base our happiness on what we have-such as material possessions or status recognition from others-our happiness is no longer in our control. This workbook will show you that happiness is not about accumulating and consuming, or even achieving some deep state of spiritual bliss. Instead, you'll find a fresh perspective on how to achieve authentic happiness rooted in spiritual values and actions. Written by two best-selling authors in the field of psychology (The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook), this guide blends mindfulness-based spiritual practices with evidence-based acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help you develop your own spiritual action plan. Using the practical guidance and exercises in this guide, you'll create a set of principles and behaviors aligned with your deepest values and sense of purpose, and learn to make decisions with a wise mind.Every moment of your life is an opportunity to make choices based on your own personal, deeply held spiritual values-why not start now? This workbook will give you the hands-on tools you need to get started.

New Harbinger

Freedom from Anxious Thoughts and Feelings

Scott Symington
Authors:
Scott Symington
New Harbinger

This Moment Is Your Miracle

David Hoffmeister
Authors:
David Hoffmeister
New Harbinger

Mastering Adulthood

Lara E Fielding
Authors:
Lara E Fielding
New Harbinger

Kid Confidence

Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Michele Borba
Authors:
Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Michele Borba
Hachette Australia

Get Remarkably Organised

Lorraine Murphy
Authors:
Lorraine Murphy

How to be organised in business and in life, by one of Australia's leading entrepreneurs and founder of The Remarkables Group. Is your life chaotic? Are you hungry for advice on how to live calmly, happily and productively? The cornerstone of success at work and at home is being organised and, with Lorraine's help, you can achieve this by forming excellent habits - in a way that's easy and fun, not stressful. This book is an inspiring look at the organisational lessons Lorraine has learned during her entrepreneurship journey - through study, trial and error; the strategies she has developed and the habits she religiously follows. As well as coaching you through specific challenges, you'll discover 14 informative and approachable chapters with guidance on:- The value of routine and habits- Easy decluttering- Tips for planning your week and managing your day- Conquering distractions- The joy of hassle-free outsourcing- Overcoming procrastination - Harmony at homeGET REMARKABLY ORGANISED with the advice of one of Australia's most exciting thought leaders. Be so good they can't ignore you.'I know, like me, you'll find this remarkably life changing.' Bestselling author Sally Obermeder

Robinson

Overcoming Panic, 2nd Edition

Vijaya Manicavasagar, Derrick Silove
Authors:
Vijaya Manicavasagar, Derrick Silove
Piatkus

The Mind Workout

Mark Freeman
Authors:
Mark Freeman
Robinson

Management Starts With You

Alan Hester
Authors:
Alan Hester
Hachette Australia

Remarkability

Lorraine Murphy
Authors:
Lorraine Murphy
Sphere

Start with Your Sock Drawer

Vicky Silverthorn
Authors:
Vicky Silverthorn

Spring clean your life with this practical, achievable guide to decluttering from the British Marie Kondo Wardrobes bursting with unworn clothes.Boxes full of obsolete chargers and neglected children's toys. A dresser jammed full of mismatched socks. . . Sound familiar? Many of us feel increasingly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff packed into our homes. Being organised at home doesn't just mean always knowing where you left the remote; it means being able to face the world with a clear mind and increased energy. It all starts at home. But where? When the problem is so vast and we are all so busy, how do you even begin to tackle the clutter mountain? Professional organiser Vicky Silverthorn has the simple answer: start with your sock drawer. Using tried-and-tested methods, Vicky will guide you through practical, bite-sized tasks that will help you achieve a friendly level of organisation throughout your home and a life-changing clarity of mind. With Vicky's help, you can banish clutter and turn your home into a sanctuary. Perfect for fans of the Netflix series Tidying up with Marie Kondo and followers of Mrs Hinch. Readers love Start With Your Sock Drawer: 'Full of useful tips' 'Great advice in this concise book, which will get you on your way to better organisation and leading an uncluttered life' 'As a professional declutterer, this is the only book I regularly recommended to my clients''Informative and practical' 'Excellent, sensible advice'

Robinson

Defeating Teenage Depression

Roslyn Law
Authors:
Roslyn Law

HIGHLY COMMENDED for the British Medical Awards book prize for Popular MedicineAre you feeling down and irritable a lot of the time? Do relationships with your family and friends seem more complicated than they used to? Do you wish that someone would understand that you aren't just being a moody teenager? If so, you're not alone and this book can help. Depression is more than being sad or in a bad mood and it can make life feel like it is all too much. Depression tells you that there is nothing you can do about it, but with the right help you can turn your story around and rediscover all there is to enjoy in life.This practical guide uses techniques based on Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A) which has been used to help children and young people with depression around the world. IPT-A helps you to develop your own story of what is happening in your life so that you can understand your depression and how to get out of it.You will learn who you can call on to help, even when depression tries to tell you that no one is interested. Don't listen - depression gives bad advice! IPT-A helps you to sort out the problems with other people that are an inevitable part of life when you are growing up and so much is changing around you. With IPT-A, we will get there together.

Robinson

Overcoming Distressing Voices

Mark Hayward, David Kingdon, Clara Strauss
Authors:
Mark Hayward, David Kingdon, Clara Strauss
Piatkus

Fierce Conversations

Susan Scott
Authors:
Susan Scott

Fierce Conversations is a way of conducting business. An attitude. A way of life. Communications expert Susan Scott maintains that a single conversation can change the trajectory of a career, marriage or life. Whether these are conversations with yourself, partner, colleagues, customers, family or friends, Fierce Conversations shows you how to have conversations that count. Scott reveals how to:*Overcome the barriers to meaningful conversations*Express who you are and what you believe*Confront tough issues with courage, confidence and sensitivity*Overcome fear to get to the heart of the problem*Inspire followers, attract believers and build visions that become reality*Bring about real change through talking*Encourage others to reveal their true opinionsPacked with exercises and questionnaires to help you have the best conversations possible, Fierce Conversations will revolutionise the way you communicate.