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Ladders are Limiting

Conventional wisdom frames the ideal career path as a linear one — a ladder to be climbed with a single-minded focus to get to the top. Career development consultants Sarah Ellis and Helen Tupper invite you to replace this outdated and limiting model with “squiggly” careers: dynamic, open-ended growth paths tailor-made for your individual needs, talents and ambitions. A radical rethink for anyone who feels restricted and defined by the limits of the corporate ladder.


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The Squiggly Career

A practical and engaging guide to building a meaningful and successful career

Career ladders and jobs for life are a thing of the past.

Today, we’re living in a world of squiggly careers, where moving frequently and fluidly between roles, industries, locations and even careers is becoming the new normal. Squiggly careers can feel stressful and overwhelming, but if you know how to make the most of them, they can be full of opportunity, freedom and purpose. 

And to make the most of our increasingly squiggly careers we need to answer some important questions: What am I good at? What do I stand for? What motivates and drives me? Where do I want to go in the future?   

In The Squiggly Career, you’ll learn how to:

  • Play to your super strengths. 
  • Discover your values.
  • Overcome your confidence gremlins.
  • Build better support networks.
  • Explore your future possibilities.

Packed with insights about the changing shape of work, exercises to fuel your growth and tips and inspiration from highly successful people, this audiobook will help you be happier and ultimately more successful in your career.