Based on interviews with 100 people 10 or so years into their careers this book is packed full of insights. It's a bit like talking to 100 people about their jobs. It's written in a relaxed conversational style which echoes its resounding message: talk to as many people as possible, do as much work experience as possible. It gives an idea of what to expect when working in various careers, the qualities that help someone progress in their chosen field and insights into what it's like to work in a variety of sectors from teaching, to finance to design. Hopefully it'll help demystify the world of work for people just starting out. I'd definitely recommend buying it for any A level or degree student to help them as they decide what career to pursue.
Really enjoyed the fresh take on this book. I've read some other books of late where someone tries to tell you what you should do. This book isn't trying to tell you what to do, but has 100 people telling you what they did and how it worked out. And interesting to see the similar themes coming through form different people in different walks of life - a really helpful book for anyone at the start of college & career journey, or for anyone looking to change who'll realize they're not alone!
Excellent book, with insight from 100 people who have achieved success in various fields; feels like you have access to several mentors in any career-path you want to follow. The most valuable aspect of the book is the way it allows an inexperienced graduate to learn from the mistakes of career veterans, in turn giving you the tools necessary to fast-track your career. Each interview is filled with valuable nuggets of information that may well prove to be vital further down the like. It’s easy enough to read one interview in a spare 5 mins, but equally captivating enough to be able to read several in a row - I would certainly recommend this book to any student/graduate/young person looking for some sort of career advice. It’s all in here.
This book is a perfect wealth of knowledge for young people trying to figure out the next step, but an interesting read for anyone.
It really gave me insight into how different careers can be accessed. Having 100 people give first hand accounts on how they got to their current positions and what they liked/disliked gives great food for thought.
The second part then summarised the experiences of the interviewees and the common themes. I like how this book doesn’t try to tell you what to do regarding your career, but instead provides insights into how you can achieve what you want.
Will be recommending it to family/friends in the future.
A really worthwhile book. A compilation of interviews with around 100 people, each having roughly 10 years experience in the workplace post graduation. I found it interesting to read and very convenient for tube journey etc due to the short chapters.
Overall, it allows the reader to see what a large number of people have learned through their careers and education. I certainly learned things which had never occurred to me. I'd strongly recommend to parents who have children looking at university courses and careers following their studies.
For me the key take away from this book is that it's never too late to change tack career wise and go do something that will make you happier, but it's worth keeping as many doors open as you can along the way.
However this book goes into much more detail by interviewing people from all the main professional career paths. For example, a common statement from the IT/tech interviews is that its quite common to do your main degree in an unrelated field and then go back and do a computer based Masters in order to get into the tech industry, which I've seen to be true (I now work in IT).
Well written and accessible for A level students looking for solid and practical career advice. I enjoyed its interview style, and stories of personal experience rather than getting stuck on theory.....very readeable!!
Insightful and engaging read into the careers of people across many industries. A must read for school leavers/career changers and I wish I had this in my hand at the age of 17 to help broaden my career choices and advise the steps to take to go down a chosen path. A must buy for parents to give their teenagers and a must have for all school/university book shelves.
An invaluable resource for anybody looking for the next step to take in their career life. It can be overwhelming when we're younger and this book helps to provide the insights that will guide you in the direction that is right for you.