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Build Your Own Rainbow: A Workbook for Career and Life Management Paperback – 19 Jan 2009


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  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Management Books 2000 Ltd; 4th edition edition (19 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852525878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852525873
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 1.1 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Career highlights

*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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jennphd on 9 Feb 2013
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Let me begin by saying that I would recommend this book. The exercises in most of the sections (particularly 'Who am I?', 'How satisfied am I?', 'What changes do I want?') were very helpful in helping me to identify what is important to me in life, what I feel is currently missing from my job (as well as, to some extent, my personal life). The book is written in a very motivational style and the exercises never feel like 'hard work' but make self-analysis and reflection very painless and even enjoyable.

I would recommend the book to anybody who wants to make a change, feels 'somehow' unhappy but can't quite work out why or what to do about it, or anyone who feels reasonably content but worries they might be missing out on something.

However. The book is now in its fourth edition, the last one having been published in 2009. Unfortunately, some parts of the book are now incredibly out of date. The book was first published in 1984 and most of the authors' research, statistics and, unfortunately, attitudes stem from the 1970s. I would suggest the publisher encourage the authors to make much more thorough updates to the next edition to bring the text in line with the 21st century. Section 2, 'Where am I now?' is particularly poor in this regard. This section discusses the life cycle e.g. how you might define success in your early 20s compared to your 50s etc. Unfortunately it contains a number of unforgivable references with regards to women. Reading this section, one would have thought 'career women' were women in their 40s working part-time as a secretary after decades spent at home as a wife and mother. In particular, the suggestion that 'The woman not married by age 29 used to - and maybe still does - feel embarrassed by it' (p. 73) made me howl with laughter!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Penny Jones on 8 Sep 2009
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I've been using this book in various ways since 1998 (!) and have always found its processes invaluable. Have recommended to lots of people who have all found it useful. I should be getting commission!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matas Milukas on 26 May 2013
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The greatest sentence in this book was:

If you don't take charge of your life you will be a pinball machine and other people will control you.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phoenix on 17 Aug 2012
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This workbook is perfect for anyone who wants to change career, isn't happy in their job or hasn't yet found the career for them. It's also good if, like me, you are pretty certain you're on the right track but want to make sure of it and examine other possibilities.
It get's you to look at your interests and your values through a series of exercises, and then match them up with what you do in your life, and what you could do instead with regards to work and leisure time.

One exercise I particularly enjoyed involved working out exactly which job you would be most suited to (there is a very long list at the back of the book) by giving a pattern of letters depending on what you are most interested in/value the most. For me it came up with the exact same job I am currently working towards.

I thought that this book was very pro-active in its approach and a lot of the exercises were extremely useful. It is a little time consuming and not the sort of thing you could do in one afternoon, it took me a good few weeks. But it was well worth the time and effort!
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