I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This

A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work

Julie Jansen

Publisher: Penguin, 2003, 272 pages

ISBN: 0-14-200248-8

Keywords: Personal Development

Last modified: Aug. 7, 2021, 6:15 p.m.

Studies show that more than 75 percent of people are dissatisfied with their work. Career coach Julie Jansen has found that there are six basic scenarios that lead to this professional unhappiness:

  • Where’s the meaning
  • Been there, done that, but still need to earn
  • Bruised and gun-shy
  • Bored and plateaued
  • Yearning to be on your own
  • One toe in the retirement pool

Do any of these sound familiar? You're not alone. Many people want to alter their current work situation, but don’t know how. Jansen addresses today’s work-dissatisfaction epidemic and uses career assessment quizzes and personality exercises to help readers asses their present job, discover the type of work for which they’re best suited, and make change happen. Filled with real-life examples and a useful resource section, Jansen’s guide is an invaluable instrument for implementing positive career change.

  • Part I: Where Are You Now?
    • Chapter 1: Why Do You Want or Need to Change Your Work?
    • Chapter 2: What Is Your Work Situation?
  • Part II: Where Do You Want To Be?
    • Chapter 3: Values, Attitudes, and Change Readiness:
    • Chapter 4: Personality Preferences, Interests, and Favorite Skills
  • Part III: How Do You Get There?
    • Chapter 5: Where's the Meaning?
    • Chapter 6: Been There, Done That, but Still Need to Earn
    • Chapter 7: Bruised and Gun-shy
    • Chapter 8: Bored and Plateaued
    • Chapter 9: Yearning to Be on Your Own
    • Chapter 10: One Toe in the Retirement Pool
    • Chapter 11: The Ten Keys to Success
    • Chapter 12: Job Search — the Nuts and Bolts
    • Afterword


I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Disappointing *** (3 out of 10)

Last modified: Feb. 19, 2011, 11:14 p.m.

There are probably people out there that will be helped by this book. Unfortunately, I wasn't one of them, as I just became more confused after answering all the questionnaires in the book (and it is a very thin book).

My recommendation is to avoid it.


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