Best midlife career change books

Midlife career changes are intimidating at the best of times. It’s no easy task to retrain yourself and adjust to an entirely new way of life.  That’s why we’ve collected a list of some of the best help books to make your career swap just a little bit easier.

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“Working Identity”

Author: Herminia Ibarra

This book is a great resource that details almost everything you need to know about a midlife career change. It is based on extensive research conducted by the author with the help of MBA graduates and others. Perfect for those not yet ready to retire who want to do something new and fresh with their time.

“Toxic Emotions at Work”

Author: Peter Frost, Ph.D.

Written for managers who want to help people survive the stress and pains of the average 9 to 5 job, and a welcome recognition that your work-life can be harmful. A great way to try remedy some of the problems you might be having at work before you make the leap to a new career.

“Job Shift: How to Prosper in a Workplace Without jobs”

Author: William Bridges

An all-encompassing book that discusses politics, economics and practical advice for anyone who wants to thrive in the modern workplace. Author William bridges helps explain why businesses work the way they do and how you can use the system to your advantage. 

“The Comfort Trap”

Author: Judith Sills, Ph.D.

This book offers a realistic and effective guide to finding a new career. Author Judith Sills assumes the role of life coach and part-time therapist as she works readers through some of the common issues faced by workers in the 21st century. This book will help identify some of the behavioral patterns that might be holding you back. Sills also gives a realistic and sometimes, intimidating perspective on what it’s like to make the shift to a new career. Not for the faint-hearted.

“Creating the Work You Love: Courage, Commitment and Career”

Author: Rick Jarow, Ph.D.

This book, based largely on eastern religious tradition, offers inspiring and practical advice to help readers find enjoyment in their work.

“How to Say it in Your Job Search”

Author: Robbie Kaplan

A simple book that explains how to write resumes, cover letters and more. A great way to refresh your memory and improve your chances of being hired. Great for those already in the process of looking for a new job, you won’t find any life-advice here.

“The New Job Security”

Author: Pam Lassiter

This book is aimed at those who have a successful corporate track record and want to keep their careers entrenched in large enterprise. Not very helpful for those looking for a drastic career change and more geared towards long-term career strategies.