This book consists of a number of exercises designed to help you to analyse and develop your personal skills, aptitudes and ambitions. It provides the key to a number of essential career development skills, including: Knowing Yourself; Learning from Experience; Research Skills; Setting Objectives and Making Action Plans; Making Decisions; Looking after Yourself; and, Communicating. In carrying out the exercises in this book you will discover what is important to you about your work, your interests, your transferable skills, and your most comfortable career pattern. You will be helped to set personal and career objectives and make action plans to take greater charge of yourself and your life. Using a new system for classifying jobs and courses devised specifically for this book, your own personal profile can be checked against jobs, education and training opportunities and leisure pursuits to help widen your range of possibilities.
Barrie is a psychologist specialising in career development and lifelong learning, and a serial entrepreneur. Beginning his paid work as a psychometrician working with the National Foundation for Educational Research, he soon moved to Leeds University as a researcher into vocational guidance. This was the beginning of a distinguished academic and commercial career in which he has authored 40 books and set up five successful organisations in the UK and one in the USA.
*Director, Vocational Guidance Research Unit, Leeds University
*Founder and director, Counselling and Career Development Unit, Leeds University
*Co-founder and Chairman, Lifeskills International, now part of the VT Group
*Co-Chairman of Hay-Lifeskills Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hay Group
*Chairman, Axia Interactive Media
*Founder and non-executive director, 3 Albion Place, Leeds' leading private members club and conference and events venue
Director of Live Happier,Ltd
*Fellow of the British Psychological Society
*Fellow of the British Institute of Management.
*His 39 books cover personal and career development, quality service, transition and change management, generic training skills, marriage and Lifeskills teaching. In 2008 with Mike Scally he wrote the follow up book to Build Your Own Rainbow- The Rainbow Years: The Pluses of Being 50+, Middlesex University Press. He wrote "And What Do You Do? 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio Career', with Katie Ledger, A&C Black, October 2009, and published by Bloomsbury USA in May 2010. His latest book, written again with Mike Scally is "Live Happier:The Ultimate Life Skill" - available as and ebook from livehappier.com or in book form from Amazon.
Barrie now enjoys a portfolio career as a consultant, author, blogger, mentor, presenter and entrepreneur. His passions remain lifelong learning, portfolio living and using new technology to further learning and development. These days there is a new focus - that of being 50+. Current projects include: writing web-enabled learning programmes for organisations such as learndirect, campaigning and blogging about the joys of being 50+, portfolio careers and living happier. He chairs the Quality in Careers Standard Board nationally and also his local community organisation. He really enjoys patronising his local Wine Club. He has 2 children and 2 grandchildren and is highly motivated to impact the world in which they are growing up.
He has devoted his life to helping people become architects of their own futures.