Career Unstuck

How to play to your strengths to fund freedom and purpose in your work again

Non-Fiction - Self Help
222 Pages
Reviewed on 05/18/2024
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

In her self-help guide Career Unstuck, Charlotte Blair tackles the multifaceted nature of job dissatisfaction and its widespread impact. She attributes dissatisfaction to a variety of issues, such as mismatched roles, poor management, toxic environments, limited growth, stagnant wages, excessive workload, and work-life imbalance. Blair speaks about the need for self-awareness and effective leadership in promoting employee well-being and engagement. She homes in on career fit and personal fulfillment, suggesting that misalignment with one's values and purpose can, and will, lead to dissatisfaction. Blair discusses overcoming internal barriers, imposter syndrome, and financial fears to pursue meaningful work. She leans heavily into proactive decision-making, the importance of mentors, and leveraging personal strengths. In addition to all this and so much more, Blair backs up job crafting and taking risks for career growth, promising readers the benefits that come with continuous reflection, adaptability, and embracing change to achieve career satisfaction.

Career Unstuck by Charlotte Blair is a well-written and insightful guide for readers who are tired of the hamster wheel. The author does more than just tell us how we became stuck in our careers; she teaches us how to get unstuck. Blair gives practical advice through relatable personal stories and testimonials. Her use of anecdotes, like Daisy's real-life success story of reimagining her situation to make significant positive changes, helps in relatability. The book effectively outlines its delivery. I really liked that clear symptoms that can lead to a self-diagnosis of being stuck in a comfort zone are put out front so we can recognize areas needing change, such as feeling unmotivated or quickly losing excitement over new projects. Best of all, Blair provides actionable steps and strategies for each suggestion. In possibly one of the most timely, relevant situations of workers today, Blair has a section on managing side hustles, which includes things like the associated risks, and delivers good starter questions and insights on participation in the gig economy. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and have no doubt it will help all who pick it up. Very highly recommended.