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The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  846 ratings  ·  65 reviews
For the millions of people who are looking for the perfect job for them, "The Pathfinder" guides them through uncertainty and confusion, straight to the goal of selecting a final career direction. Through more than 100 self-tests, exercises, and other diagnostic tools, this guide helps readers uncover their natural aptitudes, major interests and values, and ultimate goals. ...more
Paperback, 385 pages
Published January 5th 1998 by Simon & Schuster
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May 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who are unhappy with their current career state
Recommended to Serena by: Evelyn
I can't believe I haven't posted this book on my list yet since, given current events, it happens to be the one I seem to be recommending the most to my friends these days. For all those who are unemployed, hate their current jobs, and/or are looking for deeper meaning in their career paths, pick up this book (as well as a blank notebook) and start reading.

I skimmed through other career books, including that dumb parachute one, and this is like no other career book I've seen. There a
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it

When life is about caring for the orchard, rather than picking the apples, you get more apples to eat.

When I was tutoring an adult student in reading, I found this book in the bargain bin at the local library bookshop. Perfect for the next stage in the learning process, as the student wanted to find a job and this seemed a good book to help him understand the process. But then work took over and this book sat by itself for a while until I decided to try it for myself. Such are the forged paths we take.

This is an
Chad Warner
Useful self-evaluation exercises to discover talents and preferences. It's long-winded; I skimmed everything except the exercises (inquiries). Written by the founder of Rockport Institute, a career coach.

I paid the least attention to Part 2 (chapters on commitment, decision-making, setting goals).

I found this interesting:
"People often make the mistake of choosing a career with subject matter they love, but performing functions that are not the most natural for them." The trick is "to perforinteresting:
Sandy Champagne
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a FANTASTIC book to read if you want to change careers but don't know what you're meant to do with your life. This is also a good book for students trying to figure out what field to pursue. It was somewhat repetitious, true, but the author warns you about that ahead of time. I found the repetition of certain key concepts more effective than annoying. The exercises throughout the book were well crafted and thought provoking. I really had to dig deeper and deeper as I got further into th ...more
Aug 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference, own-bought
I think this is a great book for people not only looking to change careers, but looking to enhance the careers they've got. It takes you through a number of terrific exercises to shape your true needs vs. wants when it comes to a job. It has been incredibly helpful to me to evaluate what I do and do not like about various jobs I've held and what kinds of research and tools I should use to find my way into career fulfillment.
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is really wonderful. I'm in a place of introspection when it comes to my career and this is a real treasure. It's a lot of work (you're expected to write and ask questions and explore), but worth it. I didn't have time to do everything, but it has helped me feel clearer. I plan to buy it and really work through it soon.
Oct 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book does help you determine what your innate talents are and has a great section on goal setting. I enjoyed this book and put a LOT of effort into it. I'm still at a job that I hate, but I'm trying to implement what this book has taught me so that is going to change in a hurry.
Jan 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, self-help
Like many self-help books, this is essentially a novel-length promotional for the author's company, but it is overall very good. There is great advice regarding motivation, and practical concerns when looking for the right career. I especially love the sound advice that a career is more rewarding when sought for vitality rather than comfort. While I also like the unofficial personality quizzes, I do question the author's understanding of introversion and extroversion. He actually calls the under ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Career books are truly a dime-a-dozen and often propose one-size-fits-all solutions to easily (and quickly) finding the job of your dreams. Lore's Pathfinder, on the other hand, sets as its mission helping the reader to determine his or her own path and ideal career. Lore does this by presenting roughly 30 personal inquiries that the reader is meant to work through, taking the time to brainstorm on some particular topic, following Lore's outlines. The result, if the reader follows through on all ...more
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-improvement
This book had some good information and a lot of other information. It is intended as a guide book to an intensive months-long self-analysis and career-choosing program. It had a really good section about questions you should ask yourself in considering your career choice. I think I found that more helpful than anything else in the book. There were also two good sections on making and keeping commitments and goal setting. I liked the section on resumé writing as well.

The book is not
Apr 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Third times' the charm. When I really devote the time to the "workbook" reflections in this, I'm able to get excited about what the future might hold.

For all of you wondering if now's the time to make a career move, work through this book first!
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book, that provides a set of clues and good questions to ask if the goal is deciphering a career path. However there are some faults with the book I'd like to discuss:

1. This book does not replace serious professional career testing, and the author acknowledges that and refers to his organisation (which I'm sure provides great testing). So if you really want to go into a systematic approach to finding your career, I think this book cannot be substituted for real professional tes
Bogdan Balostin
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This workbook should be read by more people than it is, especially at that age when you are supposed to choose your career. It's not a book but more like a workbook with plenty of exercises to do and things to investigate and it should not be read by curious. It should be read by people who truly are in their search for their career because it's not an engaging book. It's not motivational even though it has some sections that deal with motivation. Instead, it's a practical book.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Some good info here and there, but most of the book seemed more like an advertisement for his consulting/coaching business. I got very little actionable info from this book. I wouldn't tell someone not to read it, but I wouldn't recommend it either.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, business
There's quite a bit of good information, it just took a lot of words to get to it.
It's fairly dated (to be expected from a 21 year old book).
The updated version may be worthwhile.
Jun 16, 2019 added it
Note to self: ch16
Jun 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: professional
I bought this book nearly a year ago. I have been slowly working through it to figure out my next steps in a mid-career change. Reviewing this book is tough. I found Pathfinder valuable, but it’s more of a launching pad to other work that I’m going to have to do and that this book doesn’t cover.

What the book does well:
1. It has a great list of questions and some great exercises to get clearer on my values, talents, workplace personality traits, preferred workplace environment,
Jay Cruz
Aug 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teenagers, People in their mid-life crisis
The good part about this career advice book is that it helps you ask yourself good questions about what career path will make sense to you. Literally. It's filled with exercises that really help. There's no doubt that if you go through the book actively and do the suggested exercises you'll benefit from it. It's an exploration of the self really and that's always going to help.

The bad part and the reason I give it a minus 2 stars, is that it goes a little too much to the "positive ps
Dec 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Upfront I'll admit I didn't bother finishing the book, so take this review with a grain of salt. I thought the Pathfinder did a wonderful job of forcing readers to ask themselves the important questions, ask them to brainstorm and develop all their wants and desires out of their career, and ultimately come up with your commitments to what your career will be. This book, therefore, may be perfect for you.

Unfortunately I realized 1/4 of the way through that I've done too much analysis
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: career, non-fiction
This book was one of several that I've been reading and working through as I ponder my next career move. I didn't do the full career search method that the author proposes (I didn't even read all the chapters), but it was still really helpful, Part 3 especially. There were tons of questions and exercises to help you think about your personality, temperament, talents, values, purpose, preferred working conditions, etc and guidance for how to translate those insights into ideas for actual jobs. I ...more
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
I think this book is great for people who are looking to change their current jobs and who've been around for a while. It's especially great for building your career. But it's not so great for people like me who have no idea what the hell career they want. The book doesn't really give you any new suggestions based upon your personality. I made all the lists, but it was all stuff I mostly already knew. It didn't help me figure out what career is best suited for me, it just helped me figure out wh ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: paused
Skip everything in the first part of the book. Skip to section 3. Reading the first part made me regret spending money on this book. The authors spend half the time hyping the importance of a satisfying career, and a quarter of the time advertising their company. The first test didn't help me at all. It was a list of nice things... I just said yes to everything and they were all "duhs". I'm now in a frame of reference where I consider the exercises to be poorly designed. There should be yeses an ...more
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
I finished this book in around six hours. It's long and highly redundant. Needless to say, I merely skimmed over the surface, having read dozens of similar books. It tells you nothing you don't already know - you being someone who is interested in a better and/or challenging career and who has already done quite some research in the matter. However, the Pathfinder does force us to ask ourselves some pretty important questions, which if sincerely answered, can prove very helpful in our journey to fin ...more
Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I mostly just skimmed through this book, having just finished a similar book that had more questionnaires to help you realize your strengths and weaknesses. This is more of a lifelong quest. The author encourages you to take a few months to work through each of the sections. I just wanted a quick reference guide to make sure I was on the right track, which the previous book offered. However, this book did offer some more helpful insights and a section on building a good resume. I, personally, ha ...more
Dylan Derflinger
Apr 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
This book gave some insight, but nothing really to improve my foundation for a career. The beginning of the book tends to talk about "tests" that are supposedly inside the book, but there isn't really anything like the sort. I suggest reading through the intro (which amounts to the first 3 chapters) and then browsing through the library to see what is on your mind. Maybe you'll find something worthwhile; maybe you won't. If you can stand the first 3 chapters, then you must want change in your ca ...more
Yang Zhang
Apr 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: career
The content could be more concise and better organized. The author made a lot grand promises to his readers which I think is a hurt to the clarity and elegance of the book. One thing I learnt through the book is the importance of asking right questions in solving career problems. The author said: "The better the job of framing the questions, the better the the answers will serve you. In fact, when you frame a question perfectly, the answer often seems to fall from the question naturally and easi ...more
Lisa P.
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is great! I highly recommend it to anyone who is having trouble trying to decide what to be when they grow up. Through a series of tests it helps you get a clear picture of your talents and personality traits and offers suggestions for the types of jobs that may suite you. It works through questioning and guided self reflection. After years of choosing the wrong paths, I think I have found my calling! Great for mid lifers changing paths. There is another one for teens just starting out ...more
Teri Temme
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love taking tests so this book was of course great for me. There are tons of exercises. I confess, I did not do all of them. The part that particularly was interesting was the definition of purpose:

"A purpose is an ongoing commitment to a principle that becomes who you are. It is not a belief or a goal to be achieved, but a place to come from. It is not what you do, but who you are being."

This gave me food for thought and was worth reading the book. If you want an in de
Apr 04, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: someone in need of a career path
i took this course called career counselling and i had to read this book, i must say there is alot of repetition happening in this book, meaning one subject is repeated millions of times in this book and it does get the point through though heheh. but yeah if you read this book you're bound to get confused, so dont feel bad about it, just read it over and over or just move on to another page cause the previous page will be repeated in another chapter again. heheh.
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is great for anybody trying to find a career that they can do for the rest of their life that leads them to a life of success and happiness. It guides the reader through a process of introspection as well roughly overviews some other human concepts that can lead to greater self understanding if looked into. This book is a great road map but in the end, its only as good as the participants efforts.
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