Saturday, January 30, 2010
When I was in high school, I really had no idea what I wanted to do for a living. I loved reading and writing, but I was told by many people at that time that if I majored in English or Literature in college, the only career I could have was in teaching. As much as I admire and respect teachers (my sister and sister-in-law are both teachers), it just didn’t seem like the right fit for me then. I heard that accountants made good money, and that there would always be a need for them, so I decided to major in accounting. But when I really got into my core accounting classes in college, I realized that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life crunching numbers and filling out tax forms. Still clueless about what I wanted to do, I switched to Business Administration, figuring it was broad enough to encompass a variety of careers. Now, more than 20 years after my college graduation, I make my living as an editor and writer! I’m doing exactly what I loved in high school. I just wish I’d followed my heart instead of other people’s advice and pursued it through college. I definitely would have enjoyed my studies more and might have been able to start my writing career much sooner than I did.
My oldest son is very fortunate because he’s known for a long time that he wants to be an engineer, and now he’s studying engineering in college and absolutely loves it. However, my second son, a junior in high school, is following in my footsteps in terms of having no idea what he wants to do with his life! I’m hoping it doesn’t take him as long to find his choice of career as it did for me! Fortunately, there are many more tools available today to help people figure out where their aptitudes and interests lie. One excellent resource is the book, Conversations: Find Your Niche!, which was compiled and edited by Van Twelves and published by Keeper Press.
The book starts out by telling us why it’s so important to find your passion. “You might think that career planning is a bore, but that process is downright thrilling compared to spending forty years in a career meant for someone else.” How many people do you know who hate their jobs or wish they’d done something else? According to this book, “Nearly three-fourths of American workers wish they had a different job.” Are you one of them? Or do you fear that you will end up in a job you dislike? Read on…
Conversations: Find Your Niche! introduces a procedure called the Find Your Niche Roadmap, which helps greatly in the decision-making process. But the real meat of the book is a series of 150 interviews with people in all walks of life. These people range from a jewelry store manager to a financial analyst, from a civil engineer to a flight attendant, and from an elementary school principal to a senior graphic designer. They are asked to describe their job and their duties, what they like and dislike about their job, the skills and education required for their job, the opportunities involved, and much more. There’s also a section for each occupation that provides the typical education level required, the annual salary range, and the job description. This book is a goldmine of information to help people learn about all sorts of occupations -- perhaps in areas that they never even thought about!
And Conversations: Find Your Niche! isn’t just for teenagers. It’s for anyone who is at a crossroads and seeking a new career or direction for their lives. If you no longer enjoy what you do, or have been laid off and feel you’re ready for a career change, this book will be of great benefit to you. And this huge 600-page book is available for only $19.95 on Amazon! That is a major bargain for this extremely comprehensive and helpful book.
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DISCLOSURE: I received two complimentary copies of this book -- one to facilitate this review and one to give away to one lucky reader! No other compensation was provided.