Book 28 of Year 2017 – “​An Intelligent Career” by​ Michael Arthur, Svetlana N. Khapova and Julia Richardson

Official Title – An Intelligent Career: Taking Ownership of Your Work and Your Life

Genre – Non Fiction

Book Length – 262 pages

Reading Time – ​4 hours

Style/ Plot – ​This book is all about taking ownership of your work and your life. It makes the reader ask questions. Who are you without the work you do? Who are you outside the work you do?.

The writers take the reader on a journey of different individuals who lost their jobs in unforeseen circumstances and used the time out to understand themselves outside of what they do.

There are also additional stories of individuals identifying gaps or opportunities in the way systems/ processes are run and meeting needs that arise out of those gaps.

I particularly enjoyed the part about personal branding (developing your narrative) and career resilience. I think both are essential for anyone carving out a path for themselves.

Favourite Quote – “In a global knowledge economy, personal narratives often evolve and interact across national borders. Some of what’s going on may seem fair to you, some may seem unfair. You cannot change the past, but you can influence the present and the future.

Recommendation – ​If you are looking for a different way to share your career story in a way that helps you and others move forward, this book is for you.

Rating – 4/5


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