Pour yourself a cup of tea, pull up a comfortable seat and settle in with our spring reading roundup. These books were all published in 2021 and cover a variety of topics including emotions in career development, outcome-based experiential learning and the power of career stories.

What’s the best book on careers that you’ve read this year? Share in the comments below!

Canada, A Working History describes the ways in which work has been performed in Canada from the pre-colonial period to the present day. Work is shaped by a wide array of influences, including gender, class, race, ethnicity, geography, economics and politics. The work experience led people to form unions, aspire to management roles, pursue education, form professional associations and seek self-employment.

For too long, the work of career helpers has focused on helping clients acquire information and then using it to make sound occupational choices. Magnusson demonstrates the importance of paying attention to client perceptions and emotions to help them navigate increasingly complex personal career challenges, and provides strategies that career practitioners can use to harness the power of perception and emotion.

New York Times technology columnist Kevin Roose lays out a hopeful, pragmatic vision for how humans can survive in the machine age. He shares the secrets of people and organizations that have thrived during periods of technological change, and explains how we can protect our own futures.

COVID-19 has heightened career uncertainty in a work landscape dominated by turbulence and change, and it is directly affecting how people are entering – or re-entering – the workplace. Pollak provides encouraging, strategic and actionable advice on making lifelong decisions about education; building a resilient personal brand; using virtual communication to remotely interview, network and work; skilling and reskilling for the future; and maintaining mental health.

Kerri Twigg combines her theatre background with her training in HR, coaching and meditation to offer a program to find out which job is perfect for you, by examining your stories. Twigg also provides practical tools for networking, writing resumes that impress, building your LinkedIn profile and more.

This guide includes tools to help jobseekers avoid wasting effort, such as:

A step-by-step guide for career professionals who want to add corporate outplacement to their services. Chapters include “Is It Outplacement or Career Transition?”, “Employers and Career Transition – What You Need to Know” and “Engaging Your Client.”

Career coach Ashley Stahl shares the strategies she’s used to help thousands ditch their Monday blues, get clarity on what work lights them up and devise an action plan to create a career they love. Stahl’s 11-step roadmap enables readers to discover their core skillset, clarify their key interests, become their own coach and more.

Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.
Lindsay Purchase oversees CERIC’s tri-annual magazine, Careering, and the CareerWise website, along with the CareerWise Weekly newsletter. She has a background in journalism, having worked previously as a digital editor and reporter. Lindsay is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program.

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