Making a Living While Making a Difference: The Expanded Guide to Creating Careers with a Conscience

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New Society Publishers, Jan 1, 1999 - Business & Economics - 231 pages
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While we are enjoying the lowest unemployment rate in decades, our need to mesh career with purpose is at an all-time high. And, as business and society continue to place greater emphasis on social and environmental responsibility, opportunities for career-seekers with a conscience have never been better.

This completely revised second edition of "Making a Living While Making a Difference" updates the rapidly expanding career opportunities in socially responsible and green business, industry, commerce, and non-profits. Professional career counselor Melissa Everett guides the reader through a 10-step program for career development that stresses personal fulfillment, integrity, and contribution. Unlike traditional career guides that focus on defining skill areas, "Making a Living While Making a Difference" focuses on personal, social, and environmental values as the driving force for career decisions. Expanded and updated self-assessments, exercises, and visualizations point the reader toward defining their personal area of commitment.

Compelling stories such as the origins of the Endangered Species Chocolate Company or the success of Stonyfield Farm, the feisty little yogurt company, illustrate how ordinary people are doing good and doing well. Everett provides a compassionate self-help framework for dealing with the unique challenges of establishing and maintaining a value-driven life/work career path. Whether a new job-seeker, job-changer, or someone who would like to make a difference right where they are, "Making a Living While Making a Difference" is the definitive "how-to-make-it-happen" guide for anyone who wants to customize their work lives to reflect their values more fully.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

PART ONE: THE WORK TO BE DONE

Self Employment
The Work to be Done
Headlines We'd Like to See, I: Environmental Protection and Renewal
Headlines We'd Like to See, II: Social Healing
Catalysts for a Positive Future: Occupations that Make a Difference

PART TWO: A TEN STEP PROGRAM FOR PRINCIPLED CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Step 1: Wake Up
Step 2: Stabilize Your Life
Step 3: Create a Vibrant Support System
Step 4: Turn On the Light of Connection W

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Lots of details, lots of examples, and a good starting point providing you have an idea of where you want to go. Read full review

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Three-point-five. I think this book would be especially useful for people interested in going into environmental, non-profit and "sustainability" work. Even without that focus, however, it provides a ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Melissa Everett has worked in sustainable development for twelve years as a counselor and coach, educator, trainer, organizational consultant, author, fundraiser and CEO. The Executive Director of Sustainable Hudson Valley, she also teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She received her Ph.D. in 2006 from Erasmus University's Centre for Environmental Management and Sustainable Development in the Netherlands.

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