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Adult/High School—An introduction to 23 jobs in health care, architecture, the law, financial services, education, the social sciences, information technology, sales, media, and more. Gregory dedicates a separate chapter to each one, opening with its history and background and describing the current status of the field (including statistics on employment levels, education required, and average salaries). The most revealing portions of each chapter are the direct quotes from surveys. Workers are asked to compare the reality of the profession to expectations developed in school, describe the biggest surprise, say whether they would choose that position again, and answer practical questions about hours and advancement, as well as best and worst aspects of and changes in the profession. The honest, insightful answers given by the survey responders, combined with the wide-ranging fields and professions covered, offer teens an opportunity to learn about "the real world" before committing to a specific career path. The concluding chapter features a table of data comparing current careers and dream professions from 50 survey responders and encourages readers to consider factors beyond salary and status when choosing a profession. This book belongs in every high school library and guidance office.—Sondra VanderPloeg, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
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“A comprehensive career guide ... Offers a candid view of what it’s really like to work in fields from engineering to health care. More than 750 professionals confess the best, worst and most surprising parts of their jobs, giving graduates an insider’s view before they start their own on-the-job training.”
BookPage

“Without sugarcoating the grueling details, this guide still accentuates the positive, and hundreds of personal voices add to the encouraging tone.”
Publishers Weekly

“A great book for anyone embarking on a new career or making a serious change.”
College News

“A great tool for the college student who is investigating career opportunities and trying to make a decision about which path to choose. We recommend that students have informational interviews with professionals before choosing a field, and this book is hundreds of informational interviews rolled into one guide! I will recommend it to my students.”
— Lisa Shacklett, director, Career Development Center, Lipscomb University

"This book belongs in every high school library and guidance office."
School Library Journal

“I give this book five stars.”
— Joyce Lain Kennedy, Tribune Media Services

“Gregory has compiled an invaluable resource combining tangible and intangible information about the wider work world. Highly recommended for all public libraries and secondary school libraries.”
Library Journal

"Offer[s] college students an excellent opportunity to make better informed decisions on their career choices."
Midwest Book Review

“A valuable overview of many meaningful careers, each of which is richly described and enhanced by the individuals who work in that profession.”
ForeWord magazine

“This informative guide may have students rethinking a career choice before they spend years training for something they really do not want to do. High school and college counselors could use this resource to help students choose a career path.”
— VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; First Printing edition (April 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577315731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577315735
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Gobbell on June 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is unlike any I've seen. For college students deciding on a career, it is an excellent commentary about "real world" jobs, well researched, logically organized, easy to read. I teach in college and will definitely recommend it to my students.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By indynchief on May 26, 2008
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What a fantastic book to read in helping one select a career. This book is subdivided by various careers including health care, law, architecture, education and IT. It gives the opinions of seasoned professionals where it describes the pros and cons of their career decision. The books even asks the professionals if they would choose the same career if given a choice. I hope that this becomes a necessary reference book for colleges and institutions that help people make a career decision. This book is an excellent tool for anyone deciding on their career path!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. on July 20, 2011
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I have a few complaints about this book. First, the professions he chose were very narrow and about professions that most people already know about anyway. The number of professions were also few, but perhaps it was better that he focused on fewer professions that allows for greater depth. He should have tried to inquire about careers that people are interested in but have little information. He also chose a disproportionately high number of sales positions-- financial planner, insurance agent, realtor, etc. These are sales jobs, pure and simple!! Secondly, he did not vary the questions for any of the professions. Thus, wasted space for some professions and no specific questions for specific careers. Finally, it doesn't quite delve into the real pros and cons of many of these professions. I've found far superior stuff online and for free. However, i will say that it does a decent job for a few of the professions-- it truly confirms that law is not a great field, but not surprising since the guy is an ex-lawyer. Overall, it may still be worth a (quick) read for kids in high school and college, and it DOES do its job for certain professions in telling the pros and cons for many professions for people who do not have much knowledge/exposure to that field.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. faraci on October 28, 2008
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This book is ok for a reference. I think much of the info can easily be found online. Good for HS Grads trying to pick a major.
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THE CAREER CHRONICLES: AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO WHAT JOBS ARE REALLY LIKE offers professional opinions and assessments on jobs from over seven hundred professionals. These reflections offer candid assessments of two dozen popular professions, contrasting reality with ideas of the job, including reviews of each profession, its requirements and its duties, and offering college students an excellent opportunity to make better informed decisions on their career choices.
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