Career Design Handbook

Career change isn't simple unless you know the right steps to take. That's why we put together the Career Design Handbook, which breaks down the four steps of career change. We've extracted the best ideas and exercises from 20 career change books and courses, along with 50+ occupational psychology research papers. Then we tested what works and what doesn't in order to put together our career design curriculum.

 

The best collection of career change books, resources and inspiration

You might still want to go to the source materials, though - here's a list of all the major career change resources and books. We're always learning and adding to this. Please get in touch if there's a book that you think should be included.

The Career Fulfilment Score

You are the best predictor of what you want to change in your career. That's why we put together a career test so you can know exactly what you want to change in under five minutes.

 

The best sources across work psychology and careers research 

Here is a list of the more academic writing that informed the production of the Career Fulfilment Score. 

  • Flourish by Prof. Martin Seligman is a survey of the findings of positive psychology from the last couple of decades, by the founder of the field.
  • Stumbling Upon Happiness, by Prof. Dan Gilbert, outlines the science of measuring happiness, and explains why we’re so bad at judging what will make us happy.
  • Give and Take, by Prof. Adam Grant, outlines the evidence that having an altruistic mindset can make you more successful, so long as you avoid burnout. It then goes on to explain how you can avoid burnout.
  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You, by Cal Newport, argues you should focus on building career capital rather than following your passion if you want to have a good career.
  • Fried, Yitzhak, and Gerald R. Ferris. “The validity of the job characteristics model: A review and meta‐analysis.” Personnel Psychology 40.2 (1987): 287-322.
  • A meta-analysis of the relation of job characteristics to job satisfaction. Loher, Brian T.; Noe, Raymond A.; Moeller, Nancy L.; Fitzgerald, Michael P. Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol 70(2), May 1985, 280-289.
  • Meta-analytic comparison of the Job Diagnostic Survey and Job Characteristics Inventory as correlates of work satisfaction and performance. Fried, Yitzhak Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol 76(5), Oct 1991, 690-697.
  • Integrating motivational, social, and contextual work design features: A meta-analytic summary and theoretical extension of the work design literature. Humphrey, Stephen E.; Nahrgang, Jennifer D.; Morgeson, Frederick P. Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol 92(5), Sep 2007, 1332-1356.
  • Judge, T. A., Klinger, R. (2009). Promote Job Satisfaction through Mental Challenge. Handbook of Principles of Organizational Behaviour, Second Ed, pp107-119
  • Fried, Yitzhak, and Gerald R. Ferris. “The validity of the job characteristics model: A review and meta‐analysis.” Personnel Psychology 40.2 (1987): 287-322.
  • Judge, Timothy A., and Ryan Klinger. “Promote job satisfaction through mental challenge.” Handbook of principles of organizational behavior (2000): 75-89. P115

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