Hired, Fired, Fled: One Man's Global Quest To Beat The Rat Race Paperback – 2 Jun 2016
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"Informative and entertaining in equal measures, HIRED, FIRED, FLED will have you hooked from the very first page." - Kaye Holland, TNT Magazine UK "HIRED, FIRED, FLED describes the emotional rollercoaster that is the modern job hunt, and anyone who's graduated in the last 10-15 years, particularly post-recession, is sure to empathise with him... a witty and entertaining read with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and some incisive nuggets of wisdom." - Sarah Townsend, Arabian Business "With tongue-in-cheek humour, gripping angst, and weighted notational advice... HIRED, FIRED, FLED offers an upfront and relatable compilation of life post-study... serving as a highly recommendable read to anyone graduating, or people entering into their penultimate years of study." - Paul Rodger, Strathclyde Telegraph "Charlie's talent for observing and then reporting on the ludicrous series of events that befell him will have you chuckling aloud on your sun-lounger... engaging and immensely entertaining." - Iain Robertson, B-C-ing-U.com "Raymond renders the reader helpless with laughter as he describes his ridiculously tight safari uniform shorts and his guiding tips... Overall, [he] displays superb self-awareness and honesty in the writing of this book, which is a light-hearted account of a not so light-hearted tale that almost every graduate or soon-to-be graduate can relate to." - Taryana Odayar, The Beaver (LSE)
About the Author
Charlie Raymond grew up between London and Dorset (in south-west England). This is his first book. Charlie is a long-term travel nomad, always planning another adventure overseas.
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The book highlights that life is not just about career, and there are adventures and experiences to be had along the way, both good and bad, but which shape your attitudes towards your future. All done with wry good humour that will have you chuckling out loud.
Any parent with school leaver offspring would also be wise to grab this book!
Reading the history of the many, many jobs the author had in his so far not very long life (14 in 15 years) I was really impressed (the courage to do some of those things!), and also jealous, and at one point a bit disgusted (no no to cleaning out infested flats!). I say jealous because how many people are in such a good situation and supportive family that they can take a year to just go off half a world away to study a year's course on [also my dream job here but no spoiler]? It's good that the author realises how lucky he is in that part - he does mention that in one place, which I was very glad to read. But at the same time he is obviously a courageous and adventurous person - I am the first to admit I would be too much of a chicken to make some decisions and do some things that he has done! It's great to read about it, though, and it did change my approach to my job life and looking for another job... so, thank you for that!
I think it will definitely appeal to people who like unconventional things, who enjoy trying different walks in life, who also have itchy feet, who have at least some spirit of adventure! Plus you don't have to experience these now for yourself as Charlie already did, and is handing us the lessons he learnt from each job tidily written out after every chapter :)
Raymond's job-hopping journey takes the reader through multiple career starts, false starts, achievements and flat-out fails - from working as a safari guide in Zimbabwe to writing mind-numbing stories of cats stuck up trees on a local newspaper, being part of a casting crew attempting to stage auditions the morning of the September 11 terror attacks, and even doing a stint as a garbage collector in London.
He describes in a very witty and incisive way the total emotional rollercoaster that is the modern job hunt - so much hope, so much disappointment - that anybody who's graduated in the last 10-15 years (particularly post-recession) will emphasise with him. And any new graduates reading the book will probably learn something from his wise snippets of advice given in bullet points at the end of each chapter (eg, "If consumed by BLIND CAREER OBSESSION (BCO) you'll ignore those damned alarm bells and carry on regardless. This is not advisable". That one was a key lesson Raymond says he learned when fundraising on behalf of a 'film producer' who later did a runner with all the money - a dubious turn of events that reminds the reader just how much young graduates willing to slave away for peanuts to take that tiny next step up the career ladder are taken advantage of by godawful and sometimes downright dishonest employers!!).
As a UAE resident, I particularly enjoyed Raymond's tales of working as a feature writer at a newspaper in Dubai - he arrives just as the financial crash hits and long-timer expats are abandoning their cars at the airport and getting the hell out of there. Still, Raymond makes a huge success of it and ends up staying for six years.
A thoroughly enjoyable and lighthearted read with some nice nuggets of wisdom and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.