Love Your Career from the Start: Making decisions for your future – a guide for young adults
Caroline Sandford

Love Your Career from the Start: Making decisions for your future – a guide for young adults

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About the Book

How do you figure out what sort of work is right for you?
Do you choose university, find a trade, or get a job?
What subjects do you study to make sure you then find work?
What if you choose a course or job you don’t like?
What if you decide on a line of work that doesn’t exist in five years’ time?

The answers start with first understanding how to make good decisions for yourself.

This practical book for 15–25-year-olds introduces the four key stages involved in making good decisions for your career. It contains easy exercises that will help you:

  • understand who you are and who you want to become,
  • explore the options that are right for you,
  • create an action plan that ensures you have what you need to realise your goals,
  • identify the strategies your need to create the future that YOU want.

Based on solid research and proven theory, this book will help give young people the clarity and confidence they need when deciding on their career and future world of work.

Author Information

Caroline Sandford

Caroline Sandford has spent over 20 years working as a professional career specialist. She is a regular contributor to newspaper articles on career advice, and an experienced speaker and lecturer. She is CEO of Love Your Career, the company she founded to provide coaching, training and support for people at every stage of their career journey. She has helped hundreds of people of all ages create the life they want. She has an MA (Hons) in Industrial Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Career Development. She is also a Fellow of the Career Development Association of New Zealand and a Member of the International Coaching Federation.


For young people like me who might be struggling to find their direction, Love Your Career from the Start provides a helpful process. It breaks everything down into manageable steps and doesn't overcomplicate things. What really helped me was understanding myself first before looking at what I might want to do for a career. I discovered how my personality and values could relate to my future job – it’s not all about my skillset and the money I could earn.
– Allie, 17

It’s excellent to have a comprehensive one-stop resource like this that you can refer to again and again. The exercises and activities helped me set up a pathway for my future in a way that feels natural and was easy to understand. Now I know there are more options available to me than what my family and friends want me to do. I want to follow my own aspirations rather than getting stuck in something I don't really like.
– Tom, 17


ISBN: 9781877429293
Pages: 164, full colour
Format: 242 x 170mm, paperback
Illustrations: photos, diagrams, tables, exercises
Published: July 2020

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