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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469970945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469970943
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,256,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Prior to getting her doctorate in Marketing, she worked for 17+ years in some of corporate America’s biggest companies. As part of her marketing responsibilities, Chris ran multi-state, multi-million dollar research projects that directly impacted the strategic planning and product development for the firms she worked for. In addition to her marketing and management instructional duties at the university level for the last 10 years, she has also been one of the key researchers auditing what universities are doing (or not doing) to prepare our undergraduates for real careers after college; and as a result, has been named one of the most prolific writers/researchers in marketing education in the last 10 years. Previous to her marketing career, Chris was in broadcast journalism. Other Titles by Dr. Christina McCale All Available Online Start Your Internet Business: 36 Things You Need to Know Now (editor) Start Your Internet Business: Light Bulb Moments – Life Lessons for Business Success (editor and contributor) The Self Marketing Plan: Teaching Marketing Concepts for Career Planning The Self Marketing Plan: A Research-based Overview, Integrating Marketing and Career Planning The Self Marketing Plan: Research Results, Implications, and Considerations for Integrating Marketing and Career Planning

More About the Author

Prior to getting her doctorate in Marketing, Christina McCale worked for 17+ years in some of corporate America's biggest companies. As part of her marketing responsibilities, Chris ran multi-state, multi-million dollar research projects that directly impacted the strategic planning and product development for the firms she worked for.

In addition to her marketing and management instructional duties at the university level for the last 10 years, she has also been one of the key researchers auditing what universities are doing (or not doing) to prepare our undergraduates for real careers after college; and as a result, has been named one of the most prolific writers/researchers in marketing education in the last 10 years.

Today, she lives in Olympia, Washington with her son, daughter, and their two beloved greyhounds.

For more information, please visit waitingforchange.us or c2hm3.com.

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Read this book and buy a copy for a friend.
Lynne K. Montrose
I appreciated the format of the book jumping from statistics to personal and very recent experiences.
Andrew Munday
Maybe because what she was saying really hit home for me.
Colliemom

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Coit, Executive Director Thurston County Food Bank on March 15, 2012
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It was my plan to skim the first few chapters, but the book's frank open nature hooked me from the beginning. I was able to experience, through the author's descriptions, what I had only been able to see from my own perspective through somewhat rosy lenses, perhaps an occupational hazard. Chapter three gave me a rare look at the Food Bank experience from a first time user, the new 99%, and affirmed the work and its importance. I was left with a real sense of the circumstances we could face at any point due to no fault of our own and a new appreciation of the importance of flowers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynne K. Montrose on March 8, 2012
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Dr. McCale has the ability to weave an intensely personal story of loss, emotional chaos, and the reality of job separation with the statistical, real-life facts of The Great Recession. Her bravery and honesty in sharing this difficult journey is nothing short of inspiring. I read her book in one day, because I simply could not put it down. This is a reality for so many people during this economic downturn. Her ability to disclose the most personal thoughts, emotions, fears, and the small successes that keep her going is remarkable. Read this book and buy a copy for a friend.
Thank you for the willingness to tell a story that people need to hear and understand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Munday on February 27, 2012
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I read this book in two days, mainly because I had other obligations that restricted me from reading it in one. The author supplies the reader with an extremely personal account of how her life was impacted by the Great Recession. I appreciated the format of the book jumping from statistics to personal and very recent experiences. It is clear that the author has not only done her research but also lived the Great Recession herself creating a personal and intense read that keeps the book in the reader's hands. The book hit home for me because one of my family members once lost their job and luckily found employment very quickly. After reading the book and seeing what would have happened if that person wasn't lucky enough to find employment quickly I feel extremely grateful for my upbringing and opportunity. I have recommended this book to many colleagues and friends. It's a humbling read. Dr. McCale, thank you so much for sharing this personal and real experience with the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colliemom on February 17, 2012
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Well, I have to say the author really gives it to you hard in the beginning. Maybe because what she was saying really hit home for me. But, the message that change happens no matter what, no matter your education, planning, etc. Things happen.

I appreciated the author's candid, often heartbreaking accounts of what you might call change. I agree with the author - "the new 99% reality."

What I feel is the important aspect of the book is the concept of "no choice." What happens when you lose your job, divorce and foreclosure? Choices are not yours anymore - survival is all you have. What would you do?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beth Parish on February 5, 2012
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On Super Bowl Sunday, I intended to just skim Waiting for Change, and ended up devouring every word, abandoning my work, putting off the dinner I was making for friends. While the story left me shaken, I could not put down author Christina McCale's deeply personal story of love for her children and the circumstances that forced her into the ranks of the working poor. Through her gift of prose, McCale tells the private and moving story of poverty through the eyes of a woman who hid her situation from the world. McCale brings home for all of us how close we are to "the edge" of poverty. I was almost afraid to turn the page, knowing that I could see myself on the next page, my family could be in line with hers at the food bank, I could be the one turned down for the next job. McCale's gift of words shows each of us how we could be to the same situation she finds herself in. McCale brings home what poverty and the working poor looks like today. I was left thinking that if this smart, educated, successful woman has to now feed her family from a food bank, what is in store for me.
McCale paints a beautiful and hard to read story of a mother who loves her children, of a woman who uses all of her intellectual resources to be sure there is food on the table, and of a woman who by any measure is successful. McCale also brings to light the good she sees in others and the blinders so many of us have on in terms of the economy, education, and what is happening around us.

For myself, this book opened my eyes, I hope that others pick up Waiting for Change and do what they can to change their community, their world, and their ways - not taking "it" all for granted.
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