A short list of no-BS career resources
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Find a Job:
» www.jobmonkey.com lists the “coolest jobs on earth,” from working at a ski resort to teaching abroad.
» GORP Outdoor Careers (gorp.away.com/gorp/eclectic/jobs.htm) offers career tips from professionals, like photojournalists, who make their living off the wilds.
» www.ecojobs.com gives bimonthly access to more than 500 jobs in conservation, policy, and education.
Get a Clue About What to Do:
» Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation (www.jocrf.org), a nonprofit scientific-research organization based in Boston, offers aptitude testing for career and educational guidance in 11 testing centers across the U.S.
» The Pathfinder Career Choice Program (301-340-6600, www.rockportinstitute.com/career_choice.php), from the Rockport Institute, offers one-on-one career testing and consulting at its Maryland headquarters, as well as by phone.
» I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work (Penguin, $14), by Julie Jansen. Jansen helps readers target their job issues and points them toward work they find more meaningful.
» What Should I Do with My Life? The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question (Random House, $15), by Po Bronson. Find solace in 50 profiles of professionals who grappled with career questions and got enlightened.
» The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life (Ballantine Books, $14), by Robert Fritz. An oldie but a goodie that takes a no-frills approach to professional transformation.
Satisfy Your Wanderlust:
» Vocation Vacations (866-888-6329, www.vocationvacations.com), a unique mentorship program based in Portland, Oregon, offers one-to-three-day mini-sabbaticals on everything from wine making to dog training in the U.S. and the UK. From $349.
» Work Your Way Around the World, 12th Edition (Vacation Work Publications, $22), by Susan Griffith. Tips for wandering off and seeking casual work and adventure.
» The Back Door Guide to Short-Term Job Adventures: Internships, Summer Jobs, Seasonal Work, Volunteer Vacations, and Transitions Abroad, 4th Edition (Ten Speed Press, $22) by Michael Landes. A laundry list of options—from ballooning to kibbutz work—for people looking to try something new.