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5.0 out of 5 stars Readable, practical overview of career coaching theory and practice, 21 July 2014
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This review is from: The Career Coaching Handbook (Paperback)
Julia Yates has produced an immensely useful book here. It’s highly readable (I read it pretty much at one sitting) and accessible even if you’ve never conducted a career coaching session. It provides a thorough but appropriately concise overview of career theory, with particularly useful insights into career decision making. Its strength is in the way it questions some of the assumptions career coaches assume are truths – for example showing that matching yourself to a job is far less likely to provide job satisfaction than a number of other factors.

This handbook takes a measured and pragmatic look at a wide range of career and job search theories, trawling through the background research evidence. Rather pleasingly it shows the weakness of using just prescribed models compared to a well-rounded (and well-grounded) practice based on market realities. I was particularly attracted to the book’s argument that people, motivation, and careers are complex animals.

Career coaches should read this book, not just because it points towards great coaching techniques and reviews a wide range of effective approaches, but also because it shows how many urban myths pervade careers work. Yates shows, for example, how job mobility is far less prevalent than we pretend.

I’d like to have seen more insights into the way portfolio careers have grown (in popular imagination if not always in practice), especially into the way these have developed across sectors, but in general this overview glides admirably across the field, never gets bogged down in impenetrable jargon, and keeps the reality of career coaching encounters very much in mind.
I’ve written 9 books to help people with career choice, and I wish I’d had this overview of theory and professional practice years ago.

John Lees, author of ‘How To Get A Job You Love’
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, easy to read, practical., 4 Dec 2013
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Douglas Miller "practical psychologist" (Pezenas, France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Career Coaching Handbook (Paperback)
This is a much-needed, practical and well-written book in a rapidly developing field. There will always be a place for careers advisors but in many situations it's not advice that's needed but coaching - someone who can hold up a mirror to your own thoughts and help clarify and develop them.

As someone who has regularly used the Seligman/Peterson VIA 'strengths' questionnaire over the years I found the excellent 3-4 pages on this and its best use (and down side - the coach becoming the 'expert') particularly effective and the straightforward way Julia Yates writes helps those who (like me) want direct entry points into established coaching models such as GROW and theories around human communication such as Transactional Analysis.

The book combines theory and practicality well giving an overview of important areas such as 'the world of work' and '21st century notions of career' as well as deeper psychological tools that can be used in a career coaching session.

Highly recommended and sure to be an established resource in its field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for anyone interested in or practising in careers work, 22 Nov 2013
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Jennifer (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Career Coaching Handbook (Paperback)
At Last! An up to date careers book that encompasses theory and discussion about career matters that affect us all in today's ever changing society alongside practical tools on how to best motivate and support your client as a careers worker. Not just for Career Coaches, this book is accessible; a pleasure to read and the author clearly has lots of experience and knowledge.
A Must Buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be included in 'Core Reading' for professional Career Coaching courses, 13 April 2014
A truly, excellent easy-to-read book yet steeped in theory and research to back up practical applications of career coaching. This book is a 'must' for anyone in the profession as Julia's approach allows the reader to understand how to apply the techniques with appropriate questions to ask and example case studies.

In the midst of heavy-going literature in the field, this book is a breath of fresh air and instills confidence in anyone new to the profession and should be on the book shelf of all existing practitioners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, engaging, informative page turner!, 6 April 2014
This review is from: The Career Coaching Handbook (Paperback)
Julia Yates writes in such an engaging and insightful style that is such a pleasure to read. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning the theories from this handbook and it is so refreshing to have a book that is concise, relevant and clear. I recommend this book to anyone who would like an intro to Career coaching as well as anyone who has been in the practice for years.Fantastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Reference Book, and Highly Accessible, 5 Jan 2014
This review is from: The Career Coaching Handbook (Paperback)
Julia Yates' Career Coaching Handbook is an accessible, comprehensive and up-to-date text for career coaching professionals and students. Well-referenced, it provides an excellent blend of career coaching theory, interventions, and practical applications to help clients into the world of work.

As a very useful reference book, this text can be read and re-read in any order, yet its engaging style makes it a very enjoyable read from beginning to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best career coaching that is actually applicable to everyone.., 22 Dec 2013
This review is from: The Career Coaching Handbook (Paperback)
Dear Ms Yates,

Your use of a systematic scientific approach, combined with coaching psychology and your high level careers knowledge, makes this text human and stand out from the crowd. I would highly recommend this book to everyone motivated to unlock their career potential.

Best wishes and a million thanks for sharing,

Sonia
Coaching Exchange
UK
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 7 Dec 2013
This review is from: The Career Coaching Handbook (Paperback)
Scholarly yet accessible. Very useful, I think, for practitioners already in the careers field, and for students and others looking to develop their skills.
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