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The Career Book

Jane Downes

This book is unusual because it is both original and practical … I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is experiencing any doubts or difficulties in their career path.” 

- from the forward by Edward de Bono, internationally acclaimed author


“This book will make you think, but that’s not all – it will give you the confidence to DO.”

- Senator Feargal Quinn


“Jane Downes book brings a rare freshness, wit and depth of understanding to the fairly tired genre of career self-help literature. I defy you to read the book without feeling an urge to transform your career.’

- Claire Byrne, broadcaster and journalist

Are you 'stuck' in your current job? Or are you frustrated by your lack of a job, or the lack of a life outside your job?

A mercifully waffle-free guide for post-Celtic Tiger times, this updated edition of the The Career Book is nothing short of a must-read for anyone either contemplating career transition or embarking on a career for the first time.

Writing in a style that is direct, honest, empathetic, irreverent and fearlessly cliché-busting, Jane Downes, one of Ireland's leading career coaches, introduces her unique 'Disappointer/Appointer' system, helping you to understand those aspects of your personality that help, and hinder, your career progression.

She then guides you through the practical process of designing and realising a better future for yourself, covering topics such as transferable skills, CVs, interviews, job research, redundancy, recession and work–life balance.

A new feature is a section containing 10 top tips for students, covering areas like work experience, making the best of university careers services and postgraduate study.

The Career Book doesn't just help you find a job, it helps you realise your career potential and create a more fulfilling life.

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Publication Date

January 2012


978-1-871305-43-2 (Paperback)

No. of Pages



216 x 138



About the Author

Jane Downes is founder of Clearview Coaching Group (www.clearviewcoachgroup.com), which was established in 2004 following an extensive career working within the area of recruitment and HR consulting. Jane also co-owns Ireland's first Assessment and Coaching Centre for Emotional Intelligence – www.EIIreland.com. Jane regularly contributes to the national media on career, motivation, and planning and managing yourself within the workplace.