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Riding the Rocket

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Riding the Rocket means managing your Modern Career. This is the only book in this genre that uses the unique concept of a Modern Career to guide people. It's a practical 'how to' book, giving people the tools and motivation to create opportunities for themselves. People need to self-manage their career in order to keep working and this book is here to enable them to do so. Like rockets, careers can be unpredictable, require fine tuning, need maintenance and above all need someone to control their direction and speed. We have to be to be proactive, resilient and adaptable and manage our career so that it works for us and gives us the working life that we want. The working world is full of risk, change and uncertainty …and also opportunity. Compared to the static career-ladder approach of the post-war era, we now live in a Modern Career world where technology, globalisation and economic rebuilding are giving people the opportunity to create and manage a flexible career for themselves. We can all choose to retrain, change industries, set up our own business, work as a consultant or create a portfolio lifestyle.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Preface
    1. Time To Fly!
    2. Unique Content
    3. Unique Combinations Add Value
    4. Our Key Developmental Task
    5. You Can Choose
    6. Acknowledgements
  6. 1. Careers Count – Riding Our Rocket
    1. Cockpit Question
    2. Start Here
    3. Use This Book
    4. Forget School
    5. The Modern Career Is Here
    6. Rickety Rocket?
    7. So What?
    8. Richard’s ‘Be Uncommon’ Group Classification
    9. Learning Exercise
  7. 2. The Career Engine – Keeping Us In Flight
    1. Cockpit Question
    2. No Power, No Go
    3. The Career Engine
    4. 1) Physis
    5. 2) Ability
    6. 3) Influencers
    7. 4) Environment
    8. Career Top Tip
    9. 5) Experience
    10. 6) Chance
    11. 7) Workplace Skills
    12. 8) Workplace Effort
    13. 9) Mixing
    14. 10) Thrust
    15. Burn Out
    16. System Maintenance
    17. So What?
    18. Learning Exercise
  8. 3. Framing Our Career – Progress To Date
    1. Cockpit Question
    2. Framing Counts
    3. Richard’s Story – A Rubbish Career?
    4. We All Have Magic
    5. Exercise – Your Journey So Far
    6. Your Life – Your Career Reflection
    7. So What?
    8. Learning Exercise
  9. 4. Modern Career Thinking – Key Skills For Success
    1. Cockpit Question
    2. We Are All Riding Our Own Rocket
    3. An Essential Permission
    4. Unit Of One
    5. It’s Okay To Be Self-Interested
    6. Pride Is Power
    7. The Birth Of The Modern Career
    8. Global Trends
    9. Take Me Home Table – The Essential Guide To A Successful Modern Career
    10. 7 Tenets Of A Modern Career
    11. 3 Key Skill Groups
    12. 6 Career Challenges
    13. Case Study – Justin
    14. Case Study – Melanie
    15. So What?
    16. Learning Exercise
  10. 5. Awareness Please – Don’t Be A Tourist
    1. Cockpit Question
    2. Reality Check
    3. Tourism Is For Tourists
    4. The Enemies Of Awareness
    5. Enemy No.1 – Fatigue
    6. Antidotes To Fatigue
    7. Enemy No.2 – Fear
    8. Antidotes To Fear
    9. Enemy No.3 – Stress
    10. Antidotes To Stress
    11. Enemy No.4 – Inexperience
    12. Antidotes To Inexperience
    13. Enemy No.5 – Lack Of Interest
    14. Antidotes To Lack Of Interest
    15. Enemy No.6 – Filtering
    16. Antidotes To Filtering
    17. Case Study – Terry
    18. So What?
    19. Learning Exercise
  11. 6. How to Choose Careers – Navigation Lessons
    1. Cockpit Question
    2. In The Beginning
    3. Career? Job? Life? Vocation?
    4. Career Decision Shortcut
    5. Career Top Tip
    6. How To Use Your Intuition
    7. Accessing Intuition
    8. Case Study – Richard
    9. Career Choice Permissions
    10. Exercise 1 – Job Grid
    11. Exercise 2 – Skills & Aptitudes
    12. Exercise 3 – Matching & Comparing
    13. Exercise 4 – Career Dynamics
    14. Iterative Process
    15. Portfolio Lifestyle
    16. Putting It All Together – The Career Scope
    17. Reflection Time
    18. So What?
    19. Learning Exercise
  12. 7. Setting Career Goals – Money vs. Happiness
    1. Cockpit Question
    2. A Life Lived
    3. If We Retired Now...
    4. Sun-Tanned Happiness Is A Myth
    5. Don’t Live A Lie
    6. Beware The Dazzle Of Metallic Paint
    7. A Profound Insight
    8. Career Top Tip
    9. Happy In The Middle
    10. One Goal Is Imbalance
    11. Parents & Birth Order
    12. What Is Your Career Goal?
    13. Career Goal Prompts
    14. And Then What?
    15. So What?
    16. Learning Exercise
  13. 8. How to Change Careers – Pulling G
    1. Cockpit Question
    2. G-Forces Can Be Fatal
    3. Practical Experience
    4. A Recession Makes It More Difficult
    5. Reality Check
    6. The Career Step Change Model
    7. Career Top Tip
    8. Same Role, New Industry
    9. New Role, Same Industry
    10. New Role, New Industry
    11. Networking
    12. How To Network
    13. 4 Steps Of Successful Networking
    14. Perseverance Pays
    15. Budget For Retraining
    16. Essential Resources
    17. Sample Cash-Flow Forecast
    18. Case Study – Graham
    19. So What?
    20. Learning Exercise
  14. 9. Career Accelerators – Flying Higher, Flying Faster
    1. Cockpit Question
    2. Setting Us Up For Success
    3. What Do We Do?
    4. Section 1: People Skills
    5. 1.1 Easy To Do Business With
    6. 1.2 Engaging With People
    7. 1.3 Being Present
    8. 1.4 Being Visible
    9. 1.5 Building The Psychological
    10. 1.6 Medal Days
    11. Gold Medal Case Study – Meghan
    12. Gold Medal Case Study – Adrian
    13. Section 2: Technical Skills
    14. 2.1 Generating Good News
    15. 2.2 Being Brilliant
    16. Being Brilliant Case Study – Ralph
    17. 2.3 Networking
    18. 2.4 Education
    19. 2.5 Adding Value & Removing Waste
    20. Career Top Tip
    21. So What?
    22. Learning Exercise
  15. 10. The Career Killers – Becoming Toxic
    1. Cockpit Question
    2. Pressure Overload
    3. Labels Stick
    4. The Career Killers Model
    5. Sweet Spot
    6. Caution Zone
    7. People Centric vs. Task Centric
    8. Impulsive vs. Reflective
    9. People Centric & Impulsive = Overloaded
    10. People Centric & Reflective = Cutting
    11. Task Centric & Reflective = Obsessive
    12. Task Centric & Impulsive = Careless
    13. Case Study – Alison
    14. So What?
    15. Learning Exercise
  16. 11. An Essential Guide to Career Trends – Preparing For The Future
    1. Cockpit Question
    2. Is This Really An Essential Guide?
    3. A Team Of Experts
    4. Useful Gazing Into The Future
    5. Don’t Be An Ostrich
    6. Nobody Is Future-Proof
    7. Group P & Group M
    8. Nomads & Silos
    9. Trend Hopping
    10. Adding Value Is Essential
    11. Increased Opportunities For Portfolio Working
    12. Micro-Jobs
    13. The Home-Work Capsule
    14. Cloud + 3-D
    15. Video Interviews
    16. The CV Stays
    17. Social Media Brand
    18. Internet Footprint
    19. Become Generation Aware
    20. So What?
    21. Learning Exercise
  17. 12. Longevity – Waving Goodbye
    1. Cockpit Question
    2. Time Is Inescapable
    3. To Retire Or Not To Retire – That Is The Question
    4. Use It Or Lose It
    5. How To Retire And Stay Alive
    6. Case Study: Mitch
    7. So What?
    8. Learning Exercise
  18. 13. Take the Controls – Put The Learning Into Practice
    1. Cockpit Question
    2. Your Turn Now
    3. Thank You
  19. 14. Toolkit – One Life, One Rocket
    1. Selected Tools, Tips, Models And Questions
  20. Preview of Building the Rocket – Companion Mini E-book
    1. Introduction To Building the Rocket
  21. Introducing Other Richard Maun Books From Marshall Cavendish
    1. Bouncing Back
    2. How To Keep Your Job
    3. Job Hunting 3.0
    4. Leave The B@$T@RDS Behind
    5. My Boss Is A Bastard
  22. About the Author