Book Type/Genre: Informative Guide About Self-Discovery And Making Career Decisions
Age Recommended By Me: 15-22 Years
Rating: 4/5 stars
Heather McAllister has drawn on her experience as a career coach to create an essential resource for schools, students, and parents alike. This attractive and fun-to-use guide gets its readers asking the right questions about themselves. Although it is light, informal, and thought provoking, it draws on the insights of three great philosophers—Sartre, who says we are what we choose; Heidegger, who says we are the values that we choose; and Nietzsche, who says we are our passions. Utilizing an innovative approach to career counseling for "Generation Y," it encourages students to focus on their strengths and interests, not "the job." An ideal gift for any high school student, this personal workbook is also an expert resource for career counselors, teachers, and parents.
This book was a very fast-paced book/guide that got me really thinking about my future and what I truly want to achieve as a person. It walks you through the steps to get to know yourself, your dreams, goals and skills. I think that even if you believe that you have NO IDEA what you want to do with your life or think that you simply have no skills or talents, you will definitely end up learning something about yourself after reading McAllister's book.
It starts off with the basics - the different options everyone is provided with after school, for example an apprenticeship or college/university. This book contains stories and experiences of the author herself and her own children finding their dream career goal. In the beginning it is organized in a way that makes you ask the questions philosophers asked themselves when they wrote their quotes about self-development, with lots of areas to take your own notes about things like your beliefs and values, based on each philosopher's quote. While reading through it, the book felt like I was writing in my own journal, but it was obviously much more organized and it flowed very smoothly, too. I also really liked how it all connected to the big question at the end: Now what? What will I do with my future?
I do not guarantee that you will find out exactly what you want to do or what job you would like to have in the future, but it sure does lay all the options out for you, and will most likely give you an IDEA of where you see yourself in some years. I am a person who knows generally what they want to do. For example I know that I would like to attend university and study something that has to do with chemistry and biology, but it was nice to get an insight of even more things that I would be able to do, like the courses and possibilities for different degrees. I also learned not to take my other skills for granted, even if they have nothing to do with my career wish.
To tell you the truth, in the beginning I felt like I wasn't going to learn anything from this book, because it was mostly about hobbies and values, and there was not much about actual career paths. But do not worry, it will all come in the end.
I hope you enjoyed this review, and sorry if it was a bit long. It's my first one! :)