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How To Find Fulfilling Work (The School of Life)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  814 ratings  ·  105 reviews
This is a book about how to take working life in new directions - how to negotiate the labyrinth of choices, how to think about personal ambitions and motivations, and ultimately how to take concrete steps to finding a fulfilling career.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Pan Publishing (first published 2012)
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Do you have a niggling feeling that you could be doing something amazing with your life, but you're not quite sure what that is? Do you want to change careers, but get confused by all the options?

I've asked these questions many times, and was extremely happy to find a book about careers that was neither dry nor off with the fairies. 'How to find fulfilling work' is a self-help book without the fluff, positive affirmations, and uncovering your childhood trauma. This is self-help for thinking peop
Anita Ashland
The topic of how to find fulfilling work is such a first world problem that I was prepared for this to be a book worthy of dissing. Additionally, because none of the stories and advice in the first half of address people who have the responsibility of providing for children, and therefore don't have the luxury of taking a "radical sabbatical" and so forth, I was ready to toss it aside.

But then I came to the three exercises on pages 88-93. The first exercise asks you to spend 10 minutes making a
Inspiring and thought provoking, but I wouldn't have it any other way coming from 'the School of Life'. I enjoyed the doing and thinking about the various excercises and questions posed through-out the book. In a way it is an extension of ideas already floating around in my head. Having figured out that I'm not driven by money or status, I'm experimenting with branching out and have had my first conversational research to find work and activities more closely linked with my passions and/or that ...more
Read in one day. Insightful and inspirational.
Thurston Hunger
Someone had recommended this author and this was the only book I could quickly find by him, which is a bad match for me. I'm too old and weirdly too well compensated to seriously consider jumping trains at this point

He addresses this on pp57 and then goes on a money can't buy you happiness arc. Which, yeah of course I agree in parts, but as my 11-year old quoted the other day while walking our dog and chatting, "Money can't buy me happiness. A puppy makes me happy. I need money to buy a puppy."

I really liked this book and I definitely recommend. It's roughly 200 pages and he's quoting Rousseau--what have you got to lose?
The author has got a little bit of everything in here: exercises, a few people's own experiences as examples with philosophy, history and personal experience mixed in. I think he makes a good point about acting first and reflecting later in trying to find meaningful work and the three ways to do it: radical sabbaticals, branching projects and conversational research. T
«Não se trata de encontrar o emprego de sonho que preenche todos os nossos requisitos - este é um ideal mitológico que é aconselhável abandonar.»

Talvez não existam trabalhos perfeitos, mas este livro explora conceitos interessantes como: o "paradoxo da escolha" - o que fazer num mundo cheio de possibilidades? -, a ciência falível dos testes de personalidade, as cinco dimensões que podem dar um sentido ao trabalho («ganhar dinheiro, alcançar determinado estatuto, fazer a diferença, seguir os nos
Doug Newdick
While all of the School of Life books I've read have been good, interesting and even helpful, this is the best of the lot. If you are having doubts about your career, are feeling unfulfilled at work, or just don't know what to do next about your job, then this book will be of immense help. From an examination of the history of the problem - how we got to the modern era of choice and an absence of lifelong work, along with the preoccupation with the impossible demands that we make of ourselves - ...more
Stephen Bell
The school of life is a fresh outlook on the philosophical self-help book, edited by Alain De Botton, the series contains six books by various authors.

Possible a little preachy and condescend at times, Krznaric covers the struggle of the monotonous process of work with aplomb. Opening with Dostevesky and finishing with Kierkegaard, we are taken on a crash course of philosophical thought, allowing us to think differently and hopefully work out what's best for us when making career defining decisi
Greta Hambke
Even if you are satisfied with your work life, this short book is a helpful pick-me-up. Krznaric offers some helpful advice for those seeking new career paths, as well as useful reminders for those who are happily employed. A "career" doesn't have to be the thing you are paid to do; increases in salary make little difference in the happiness department; and a vocation often isn't a random flash of inspiration and must be built over time. Also, some good book/movie recs at the end. A nice read fo ...more
Chung Chin
What is it about?
The book is exactly as the title suggests - How to find fulfilling work. And I think that it has accomplished what it set out to do - to share with readers ways on finding fulfilling work.

What I like/dislike about the book.
This is a wonderful book! I like it a lot because Roman Krznaric shared a lot of practical, useful methods on finding fulfilling work in one tiny book. All methods shared by the author is immediately actionable. For example, the author encourages his reader
You have a high-status job but are miserable and have no joy in it
You don't know what you want to be when you grow up and feel terrible because of that
Are fairly affluent or willing to downsize a lot to follow your dreams

then this book has some great advice on changing your life around to find work that really does it for you.

If you've read a ton of career advice, had several careers and/or experience of self-employment/freelancing and are worried about making ends meet during a recession, w
Megan Hewins
This is an easy and enjoyable read. I really appreciated the focus on new ideas and techniques, rather than the standard old career advice. Ideas such as act now, reflect later, job shadow, volunteer, find a way to do it on the side before you take the total leap, and of course, maybe what will fulfill you won't actually pay at all--and maybe, that's okay.

While this book has a few helpful ideas and engaging anecdotes, it serves more as a pep talk for those teetering between action and self-doub
Kasia James
Terrifically and accessibly written, I'd highly recommend this book to anyone dissatisfied with their work. It discusses not only the philosophical implications of work for us all, but also has questions to prompt you to think critically about your own career, and then suggests some practical steps that you can take to find the next step in your journey. It doesn't give glib personality assessments, or pretend that the journey is easy, which I found rather refreshing as well.
Dave Emmett
A nice quick read to help you find work that will be meaningful to you. I really liked the perspective that there isn't one 'right' job for everyone. The goal isn't to discover the best possible thing for you to do, because all other things aren't ideal: he more rationally explains how there are many possible fulfilling careers out there for everyone, the key is using your current context to find the option that will work right now.
How to Find Fulfilling Work by Roman Krznaric

Disclaimer: This review includes summaries of conclusions and advice which are presented in greater depth and detail in the book itself.

Today’s workers want more than an opportunity to earn a decent wage. They want work that’s personally fulfilling. In years gone by, landing work of any kind was a major challenge due to barriers of gender, race, culture, educational access and exploitation by job creators. Parts of the world have made some improvemen
Rui Mesquita
Good book to change some perspectives on the intersection between life and work.
warning: i'm very prejudiced, as I love!love!love! the books from the school of life.

the thing i liked about this book is that it is a story being told rather than a self-help book with tons of questions and quizes.

the book tries to make some strong statements and succeeds in this. it tries to alter your opinion on what you think is 'common' and tries to push you into the direction of what you really want and need, regardless of what is currently 'bon ton'.

the author has a very engaging writi
4.5 stars...Some of this is conjecture and opinion that won't necessarily apply to everyone, but I gave this book the bump to 5 stars because I would recommend it to anyone looking for career change. Good mix of wisdom, common sense, and reframing of cultural fears..practical exercises in getting started. Read the 2013 version, because it appears to be slightly expanded.
Looks like I'm sliding down into self-help jungle again... though this one might not be a full fledged one.

Fulfilling work, or life, or whatever. It's good at least to know that so many other people are also plagued by this worry. Even down to the same of having the luxury of it in a world where so many can't even have one let alone a fulfilling one.

In the end, the main bulk of the content is how to conquer the fear, things to consider, broad strategy of how to go about it and of course the una
I only wish I'd found this book sooner, as I've inadvertently muddled my way through some of it during the last few years. But that only means that I can attest to the fact that Krznaric is right on the points he makes: a vocation need not be a call out of the blue, but something you grow (as I've done); people who leave their jobs don't, statistically, regret it (I've yet to meet a single person who does, out of the two dozen or so I've spoken with about it); and so on. I most liked the emphasi ...more
Sarah Evan
Very neat examination of the concept of work, and stories of individuals who found fulfilling work through various modes. Also, what it means for work to be fulfilling and some trial-and-error experiences to learn from!
Een bevestiging van mijn beslissing om loopbaanonderbreking te nemen. Goed om weten dat de portfoliowerker of de renaissancistische gereralist gewoon bestaan. Nu het nog in de praktijk brengen.
Targeted at people with highly paid, unfulfilling jobs, but a thought-provoking read for all of us. I very much like the idea of the "radical sabbatical".
Alan Fricker
A short read but worth the time. Ways of thinking about work and ways to explore thinking about what work could be.
If you're at a crossroads (like I am) this is well worth a butchers...
I really liked this book, and I believe Krznaric's ideas are useful and could be inspiring for a lot of people. However, it is a book that can only apply to wealthy, western societies. If you leave in a poor country, where you barely make ends meet, none of those ideas are applicable - and most of those ideas won't make your situation any better. When the author speaks about "less pay but better, more fulfilling work" he is actually saying "instead of making tons of money, make less and do somet ...more
Jul 24, 2014 James rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
An interesting and insightful book about finding a job that is fulfilling. Many people today complain that their jobs are not satisfying, and this book aims to help those people, both with philosophy and practicality. It analyzes what "fulfilling work" means and then makes recommendations about how to go about finding it. A short quick read, though one I found full of useful information that I had to put down at times to just take in. Highly recommended, particularly for those seeking a new care ...more
This is a worthy question for the School of Life series to take on, and Roman Krznaric does an excellent job thoughtfully examining the thorny problems of career fulfillment we crave, knowingly or not. Krznaric mixes anecdotes, historical context, and modern and ancient philosophy to present a proposed action plan that any reader can use to ask ourselves probing questions to get to the heart of what is or would be fulfilling for us. Krznaric posits that there are five primary aspects to making a ...more
Annemieke Windt
Roman Krzanaric is one of the founding faculty members of the School of Life and in his book How to Find Fulfilling Work he explains what it means to have a fulfilling job. Stress, the loss autonomy in our work and not doing what we are meant to do are things that stand in the way of a fulfilling life. With the rise of an individual lifestyle we place more emphasis on having a job that suits us. Not a job we have because that's the trade our parents were on.

Now having that freedom offers us a lo
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