Because there are so many career planning related books out there, I appreciate getting feedback on specific ones directly from students. Rich, who recently took my college career planning class, read The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore and really enjoyed the book. Rich is a part-time college student who lost his full-time job last year. Here’s his review of this book.
Rich’s Review of The Pathfinder
The Pathfinder is a thought provoking career and life planning book and guides you through a process that helps you find a job that fits your personality and strengths.
The book covers three parts:
- living a life of love
- how to get there from here, and
- designing your future career.
The end of the book teaches you how to write an exceptional resume.
One of my favorite chapters is Meaning, Mission, and Purpose. I felt this chapter was talking directly to me. This chapter helped me answer the question “What am I playing for?”
I liked the easy reading, non-academic style of writing. The small excerpts in the beginning of each chapter were really interesting and helpful.
One thing I did not like about this book is the beginning. The first part of the book takes a long time trying to convince you that the book will help you find your true path. I believe this book is only a tool among other tools you could use in finding the right path. I also felt the book was a little long; maybe the author could have fit all 375 pages into 250-280 pages.
Overall though, I really enjoyed this book, and felt it helped me in my search for a satisfying career. I will definitely use the information in this book in my career planning.
If you are in college, this is a must read, and when you’re ready to graduate, you should skim through again. When I read the book I took some notes, and I plan on taking a look at them again when I graduate.
I believe that anybody who is searching for a career or wanting to start a new career will benefit from this book. I also believe that this book could help somebody trying to find a purpose in life or their self worth.
I would also recommend this book to all college graduates and anybody who has recently lost their job. Somebody who has lost their job due to the economy could really use this book as a starting point in finding a new and satisfying career.
I lost my job last year, and I have been looking for a new career path ever since. I know that there are many people who are just like me, and I suggest they pick The Pathfinder up and give it a read through; you never know, this book just might change your life.
[Thanks, Rich, for sharing your review of The Pathfinder!]