*Starred Review* ”It can be difficult for recent college graduates and others searching for their first job to discover the right career. To make this process a little easier, Dodd created this compilation of profiles that help demystify job titles and provide candid insights into the jobs that young people do. . .Dodd targets her words directly to her generational peers, but this is also an excellent choice for high school and college students exploring their career options as well twentysomethings who are still trying to decide what they want to be when they grow up.” — Library Journal
“Could there possibly be a more timely book? The job market has never seemed so forbidding. But through beautifully rendered vignettes, Laura Dodd introduces us to an array of gutsy and determined young people diving into interesting and sometimes novel careers. We meet genetic counselors, adventure guides and food bloggers. We get a first-hand view of whole new fields that are starting to take off because of technological, demographic and cultural shifts. We hear poignant war stories from renowned leaders. This book is full of smart, practical career advice, much of it earned through hard experience, and all of it deeply relevant for any young person attempting to gain a toe hold in a daunting job market.” — David Barstow, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter for The New York Times
"Dig This Gig is better than going on twenty informational interviews. Maybe you have years to waste, trying out this job and that for a few months each. If not, read Dig This Gig and figure it out before you get started." — John Bowe, author, Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs
“Not everyone can have Jeffrey Sachs as a personal career mentor. But they can have him and other successful people in Dig This Gig, which is an honest and thorough look at what work truly means. As Laura Dodd interviews everyone from a genetic counselor to a TV reporter to a policy analyst, she gets to the root of how people find their calling as opposed to how they find their jobs. Dig This Gig is not going to give you the secrets to becoming rich, famous, and powerful. But it will tell how you how to find or create a job that makes your life meaningful, and that's even better.” — Lilit Marcus, author, Save the Assistants
About the Author
- Raised in New Orleans, LA and therefore a life-long Saints fan.
- Played volleyball in high school and for two years in college.
- Graduated from Washington University in St. Louis.
- Favorite foods: Thanksgiving dinner-anything
- I'm a pretty decent skier but do not like the trees.
- Lived in Los Angeles after college working in television and film production
- Addendum to #6 -- spent a lot of time "paying my dues" in the "assistant" track
- I currently live in New York City
- A year into the "real world," I bailed to spend four months working and backpacking in Australia with two of my best friends from high school.
- You already know too much. No #10 just yet...