Q: I’m looking at a career change. I’ve been in retail for 25 years and I’ve enough of it. I’m just going the motions. Now, knowing me, this change won’t be a turn-on-a-sixpence job. I tend to make big decisions with all the pace of a glacier. Is there any book you’d recommend at this stage in my decision-making process? (FG, email).
A: There are a whole lot of books out there on decision-making, none of which I have decided to read just yet.
For career change, What Colour is your Parachute by Richard N Bolles is still a market leader after all these years. Career writers can produce tedious copy (“who are you telling?”) but Bolles injects the whole process with the sense of excitement and exploration it warrants.
The 2018 edition is now out. It’s as good a place as any to start.