The Shortcut To Purpose

A No-Fluff Guide To Choosing The Right Career

Non-Fiction - Self Help
42 Pages
Reviewed on 12/05/2017
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Author Biography

Deppy Thompson was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1963 to Greek immigrant parents. She then moved to Athens, Greece for a few years before returning back to Canada and making it her permanent home. She now lives in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia with her family.

Deppy has been building career content for from the ground up - since 2012. It has been her honour to contribute to such a mission-driven company - a company that helps hundreds of thousands of people find their own unique path in this hard to navigate world of ours.

She has occasionally been known to eat a whole watermelon in one sitting, which is not odd in Greek culture.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite

Deppy Thompson’s Career Guide: How To Find A Successful Career That Fits Your Personality Perfectly And Makes You Feel Happy, Self-Confident And Fulfilled is a short book on helping you decide what kind of profession you would be best suited for. The tone is straight-forward and logical, but in a way that doesn’t come off sounding preachy. Compiled inside are possible scenarios for why we are afraid of choosing a career that we are passionate about, a word bank exercise to assist us in deciding what core values we have, ones that can help us in better understanding ourselves and what position would be most fitting, and at the end of the book, Deppy offers a free link with a platform to be utilized in career matching someone.

Career Guide by Deppy Thompson caught my attention right away. As someone who is constantly open to the idea of new professional adventures, it was right up my alley. It is my thought that many people of all ages would benefit from this book and its information, whether they be starting out in their first job, currently in a position, or perhaps are still in early schooling years and trying to get an idea of what they could be successful at. In fact, I’m of the opinion that high schools, or even junior high schools, might find this a godsend if schools were open to receiving this book for all their students. I do highly suggest this book for anyone looking to switch careers, or feeling like they might be stuck, or perhaps even trapped in a job that is slowly stealing their soul's fire.

Amanda Dawn

If you are looking to figure out what career you might be interested in or might want to change to The Career Guide by Sokanu offers insight into some concepts you will need to think about prior to taking the first step towards that new career. The book covers some personality factors that might help you determine which career would be a good match for you. It also gets into more abstract concepts such as what your life’s mission and purpose is and how your career can help fulfill it While there’s not many exercises in the book to help you figure out your goals and lead you in the direction of your career choice matches, it does introduce the website to you which gives you a lot of resource materials and information to help you.
For me, this book is a bit of a miss. I was looking for more practical information such as personality assessments or how to write a mission statement that would be practical in helping someone to find which careers might be a match for them. I think this is one area people would care less about theories and abstract ideas and more about practically getting to what they need. There was only one real exercise in the book that did that and while it was a neat exercise that I’ve never seen before, and have had the experience of teaching some career/personality seminars so am familiar with a lot of the personality inventories, The parts about creating a mission statement and purpose statement were interesting to me as well but there wasn’t any examples or practical instructions for making them which left it being too heady and not easy to access. I think another aspect that could have really improved the book was to have included the website material into the book. If, for instance, the personality test that is on the website could have been used in the chapter about how personality traits can help us select a career that is right for us, there could have been some sample screenshots from the website showing bits and pieces of the test along with maybe a sample report that we could have followed as an example.
This seems to be a book to introduce a website with more resources on it and, although I have not had a moment to visit the website yet, it appears from the description that there are infinitely more resources on the website that could be used to make this book feel more practical and helpful. It wouldn’t be the first book that I would reference to help someone find a career choice as it is but it would be a book I reference for someone looking to change careers. It takes into account a lot of different aspects of choosing a career that many books do not and I especially like that it goes into mission and purpose statements. Because I believe there is a wealth of information that could be accessed on the website I can give this book a three star rating but I think if there were more integration into the book from the website this book could easily be a five star book that would be an incredible resource for those looking to start or change careers.

James Okun

“Short but Sweet” – Everything You Need to Know About Finding the Right Career

“Career Guide” is an excellent guide for students seeking to choose a career to pursue and for all those who might be changing careers or jobs. It emphasizes the importance of not only finding a career but finding “the right career” in which to invest one’s time, effort and energy.

The author also emphasizes that one of the most important things in life is to find a meaningful way to contribute to the world at large to become fulfilled and happy. He points out that there is more to life than just making a lot of money and becoming powerful and revered. It is more a matter of determining one’s core values and beliefs to find out what success is for everyone.

I liked the “no frills” aspect of this book and the clear and concise writing style of the author. I also enjoyed the many inspirational quotes throughout the book such as the one from Helen Keller that” I can not do everything, but I can do something. I must not fail to do the something I can do.”

The pace and flow of this book were excellent, and the editing and formatting were flawless. There was really nothing about “Career Guide” that I found needed improvement. It was very well done and a joy to read.

I highly recommend this book to all students seeking career guidance and to anyone looking for a new career or field of study. I gladly rate it five out of five stars!

Julie Baswell

A guide to helping you choose the career that is best suited to your own personality

Career Guide by Sokanu is exactly what the title says, a guide to helping you choose the career that is best suited to your own personality. The earlier in your life that you learn to look for the principles that will guide you to selecting what you want from life, the better for you. But you don’t have to be just starting out. Seasoned career individuals can use this book to help put them on the right track to a better, more fulfilling, happier future. It is never too late.

I wish I’d had this book while still in high school. It would have helped me tremendously. The tips and questions involving finding your core interests were very helpful, and I got a lot out of the exercise in finding the one explicit thing that interests you above all others. It was also stressed that you should not define your success to what others think it should be. I agree that you should continually assess your career goals and above all, do not get comfortable. Procrastination makes it easy to stay in a rut and let your career become just work. I know this from experience. I liked the comparison of a baby overcoming fear to continually learn, to adults doing the opposite and giving in to their fear.


I have read several books that are supposed to help the reader find a fulfilling career. Most go in one ear and out the other. I feel that this was different. This book was useful in helping me to map out my future plans. It was a clear and concise way to make decisions. Each chapter asks the reader a simple question to help eliminate things that would not be fulfilling. It asks the reader to consider what they like and what they don't like. For example, what do you consider success? Do you like adventure or are you looking for stability? Would you be happy at an indoor job or are you more of an outdoorsy person? The answer to each of these questions gets you closer to what you want. At the end of the book, there's a website where you can go and get more career advice. The book says it's a free website but I did not check it out yet. If you're undecided about what you want career wise, you should give this book a try. For best results, make sure you have a pen and paper in order to make the lists as requested. This was a very quick read that takes a complicated decision and simplifies it.