We've extracted the best ideas and exercises from these books, tested what works and what doesn't and then included these in our curriculum. You might still want to go to the source materials though - here's a list. We're always learning and adding to this. Please get in touch if there's a book that you think should be included.


1. Legal Career Books


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Career After Law by J Robert Hardy

 

Leaving the Law: Quit the Legal Profession and Find Work You Love by Adele Barlow

 
 

 

Running From The Law by Deborah Arron

 
 
 

 

Life After Law: Finding Work You Love with the J.D. You Have Paperback by Gloria Larson (Foreword), Liz Brown(Author)

 
 

2. Career change books


 

Working Identity: Unconventional strategies for reinventing your career by Herminia Ibarra explains why there is no one perfect career and we must experiment with possible selves in a process of trial and error. Read more about it in the blog.

 

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Getting Unstuck by Tim Butler has put together very useful case studies, exercises, and advice designed to get you unstuck.

 

 

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How to find Fulfilling Work by Roman Krznaric explores in a scholarly way the competing claims we face for money and status while doing something meaningful and in tune with our talents.

 

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What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles is US career-changer classic. There are useful exercises to get to know yourself better, and strong on networking.

 

 

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Zen and The Art of Making a Living by Laurence Boldt offers something different with his Zen perspective and creativity – a dense collection of insights, philosophy, career strategies and introspective exercises. His other book How to find the work you love  is shorter.

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The School of Life’s Guide to Realising your Potential provides imaginative and constructive exercises to do with some great inspiration from literature and philosophy.

 

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How Can I Make A Difference by Tim Drake helps us find the golden thread of purpose in our lives in a readable, well researched and inspiring book.

 

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The 12 Principles of Work We Were Born To Do by Nick Williams has very useful exercises to identify and root out unhelpful ideas about work and replace them with better ones.

 

 

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Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love by Jonathan Fields is an alternative guide to  help you find work you love what you do and you make a nice living  

 

 

 

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The GoodWork Toolkit is an approach to engage individuals and groups about good work, which includes ethics, engagement and excellence.


3. Career change inspiration


Careershifters gives you inspiring stories and a step-by-step approach to move into work you love through their workshops.

How To Find And Do Work You Love by Scott Dinsmore at TEDx talks about his career change story and his mission to change the world by helping people find what excites them and build a career around the work only they are capable of doing

How to Know Your Life Purpose in 5 Minutes  by Adam Leipzig with some useful questions about career change.

Escape the City is an online platform for over 120,000 members who want to 'do something different' – discover exciting jobs all over the world.

MoveMeOn is a careers site dedicated to consultants and ex-consultants. Jobs across: in-house strategy; C-level in start-ups; and boutique advisory positions.

Why You Will Fail To Have A Great Career by Larry Smith is a provocative TED talk on why most people won’t do anything.

Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks in a TED video at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.

What Should I Do With My Life? by Po Bronson charts what happened to 50 people who ditched their old job to follow their heart. More inspirational than a 'how to'

What If Money Was No Object? by Alan Watts is a beautifully shot video with some straight-talking advice.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Dan Pink explores the three pillars of motivation at work: autonomy (controlling what you do), mastery (learning and getting better) and purpose (contributing to something bigger than yourself) 

All work and all play tells the story of changing attitudes towards workplace social status in the last 50 years in a quick-fire, inspiring video.

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson takes many real life examples of people who have brought together heir passion and their talent and made it their life’s work. 

Do Schools Kill Creativity is a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse This is one of those novels that has a lot to say about the individual path we take through the world, what really matters in life, where and why you are going where you are going.


4. Networking, CV's and interviews


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Great Answers to Tough Interview Questions by Martin John Yate is a classic book on interviewing.

 

 

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Killer CVs & Hidden Approaches by Graham Perkins is a good manual on CV with strong tips on networking your way into your next job.


5. Effectiveness at work


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Influence Puzzle by Val Williams shows you how to get things done in your organisation and through that, make an impact in the wider world.

 

 

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Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott helps you to talk frankly with your boss or a colleague

 

 

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Influencing with Integrity by Genie Z Laborde: is a useful NLP primer to improve your communication and influencing skills.

 

 

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On Form: Achieving High Energy Performance Without Sacrificing Health and Happiness and Life Balance by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwarz is a brilliant book on managing your energy to be at your best. Takes a more holistic view of time management than most.


6. Other psychology, self-development and philosophy


Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton explores our anxiety about what others think of us, about whether we’re judged a success or a failure and offers some solutions. A kinder, gentler philosophy of success video worth a look too.

The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Making Any Change Easier by Ariane de Bonvoisin is an upbeat way to help become a ‘change optimist’ and conquer your change demons in the first stages of any change.

Why We Do What We Do Tony Robbins is a big guy : big frame, big personality and big heart. And some great ideas like taking a look at the quality of the questions we're asking ourselves and seeing how big of an impact they have on our lives

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is a readable classic on how to start accepting that shit happens and enjoy yourself more.

The Paradox Of Choice by Barry Schwartz helps us deal with choice paralysis  through abundance, whilst avoiding simplification that impedes our ability to make a good choice.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey is a classic of self-development books containing the 7 Habits—from being proactive to beginning with the end in mind.

The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris is a practical guide to gaining long-lasting confidence and overcoming fear using mindfulness-based therapy.

The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle draws on research to reveal that, far from being some abstract mystical power fixed at birth, ability really can be created and nurtured.

It's Not About the Money: Unlock Your Money Type to Achieve Spiritual and Financial Abundance by Brent Kessel is part yogi, part financial planner and helps to uncover what’s driving your financial well being.

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 offers everyone a way of viewing the world to help us make decisions, realise our potential and improve our innovation skills.


7. The Best Relevant positive psychology


Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment by Martin Seligman, the father of the Positive Psychology movement, helps us discover our Strengths, really useful to discover a life of meaning and purpose.

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is all about the science of optimal human experience by getting into flow (when you get fully engaged in an activity that matches your skills with the right amount of challenge)

Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar shares the best of what the evidence about about how to create happier, more fulfilled lives.

The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky is the most comprehensive and readable look at what we scientifically know works to boost our happiness.