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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345496299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345496294
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexandra Levit's goal is to help people succeed in meaningful jobs, and to build relationships between organizations and top talent. A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a current writer for the New York Times, Alexandra has authored several books, including the bestselling They Don't Teach Corporate in College, How'd You Score That Gig?, Success for Hire, MillennialTweet, New Job, New You, and Blind Spots.

Since serving as a member of Business Roundtable's Springboard Project, which advised the Obama administration on current workplace issues, Alexandra produced the critically acclaimed JobSTART 101, a free online course that better prepares college students and graduates for the challenges of the workplace, and a U.S. Department of Labor course that helps military veterans transition to the civilian workforce.

Alexandra consults, writes, and explores leadership development, career and workplace trends on behalf of American Express, Deloitte, DeVry University, Intuit, and PepsiCo. She has spoken at hundreds of organizations around the world including the American Management Association, the Federal Reserve Bank, Campbell Soup, McDonalds, and Whirlpool.

Alexandra is also a frequent national media spokesperson and is regularly featured in outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, CNN, ABC News, CNBC, Forbes, the Associated Press, and Glamour. An American Management Association Top Business Leader for 2014, she was named Money Magazine's Online Career Expert of the Year and the author of one of Forbes' best websites for women.

A member of the Northwestern University Council of 100 and the Young Entrepreneur Council, Alexandra just received the prestigious Emerging Leader Award from her alma mater. The award honors a Northwestern graduate under 35 who had made a significant impact in her field and in society. She resides in Chicago, IL with her husband Stewart and their two young children.

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This book was a fun read. I liked it in a superficial kind of way. It features 60 jobs that may be worth pursuing. The author has grouped the 60 jobs in seven of the book's 8 chapters as follows:

1. Self-assessment
2. The adventurer
>>Conservationalist >>Documentary photographer >>ESL teacher
>>Foreign Serviceofficer >>News correspondent >>Oceanographer
>>Outdoor adventure guide >>Travel journalist
3. The creator
>>Actor >>Book author >>Fashion designer
>>Interior designer >>landscape architect >>movie screenwriter
>>Performance musician >>Restaurant chef >>Video game designer
4. The datahead
>>Computational linguist >>Environmental engineer >>Financial advisor
>>Information security specialist >>Meteorologist >>Pharmaceutical scientist
>>Urban planner
5. The entrepreneur
>>Bed-&-breakfast innkeeper >>Blogger >>Boutique owner
>>Event planner >>Health club owner >>Internet-based business owner
>>Inventor >>Pet sitter >>Professional organizer
6. The investigator
>>Antiques dealer >>Art curator >>Classic car restorer
>>Criminologist >>Field archeologist >>Forensic scientist
>>Futurist >>Historian >>Psychology lab assistant
7. The networker
>>Book editor >>Congressional staffer >>Image consultant
>>Lobbyist >>Marketing executive >>Pro sports team manager
>>Speech writer >>Talent agent >>Television producer
>>Wine merchant
8. The nurturer
>>Doula >>Elementary school teacher >>Life coach
>>Nonprofit administrator >>Nutritionist >>Physical therapist
>>Social services caseworker >>zoologist

Chapters 2 though 8 cover occupations that are grouped by the personality type of the person suited for them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sara Steinberg on April 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a Psychologist, I have gone through my own struggles of finding a career path that is meaningful. I was lucky enough to find my passion early on. I have known lots of people who have just majored in something or taken a certain career path because they thought they were supposed to. This book is PERFECT for any college grad, anyone struggling to find a career that fits their personality and/or their passion, or just about anyone who is curious about a different career. This book is thoughtful, well-written, and interesting! The quiz at the beginning allows the reader to identify their personality type as it relates to career choices. The vast majority of selected careers are interesting, unique, and written about in the context of each personality profile. I HIGHLY recommend this book- it is so refreshing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By phillygeoff on July 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
I really appreciated how this book's emphasis is on jobs that one can be passionate about, and matching your personality to those jobs. Generally, a great book -

Just a quibble or two:
1) Performance musician. I went to top music conservatories and have freelanced with orchestras (playing viola) for years. I think, in terms of playing with orchestras, that the author is off-base. For instance, looking up orchestral salaries on the national music educators' website? That's the LAST place you should look - music teachers don't play in big orchestras, they teach kids in primary and secondary school how to hold an instrument! I know for a fact that the top US symphonies have starting salaries in the low- to mid-six figures. However, getting one of those jobs is insanely difficult, based largely upon years and years of practicing many hours per day, even before auditioning, which itself is crazy hard. So, admittedly, getting an orchestra job is not a good topic for the book, which focuses upon re-inventing oneself post-college.

2) Under the boldface introductory quip for environmental engineering, an engineer describes explaining basic measurements - feet, inches - to a co-worker at the office, and how this is a satisfying aspect to his job. WHAT!? There are professional engineers out there who can't use a ruler?!?

3) Because of these minor flubs, I want to doubt the legitimacy of the research and information in the book. However, the writing is compelling, and I get the impression that the author did talk to a lot of people. Besides, the book's achievement is the excellent self-assessment at the beginning, the organization of jobs into personality types, and the overall thrust that you can start all over again.

92/100
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth T. Smartt on April 21, 2008
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I SO wish this book had come out years ago before I chose a career path! It's a thoughtfully written, unique & fun glimpse into some really cool jobs. The self-assessment quiz at the beginning makes it even more fun to read. No one tells you about opportunities like these in college. Image consultant? Life coach? Computational linguist? AWESOME. I actually think this book would be a great premise for an entire college course. Each featured career could have a guest lecturer. Maybe Ms. Levit should take this idea on the road! Anyhow, I bought 5 more copies of the book as college graduation gifts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Keats on May 6, 2008
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One of the things I loved the most about where I went to college was the freedom to form your own "major" -- you could piece together whatever classes you felt would help best educate you for the life path you wanted to pursue. That flexible curriculum planning still exists at the University of Rochester in New York and this book should be REQUIRED reading for all those who do it (and elsewhere). It's a hands-on, inspirational guide that shows you that your life's goals are only dreams with deadlines. I'll make it the defacto college graduation gift for anyone I know moving forward.
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