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You Majored in What?: Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career [Kindle Edition]

Katharine Brooks Ed.D.
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Read Katharine Brooks's posts on the Penguin Blog.

As revolutionary as What Color Is Your Parachute?, this career guide for a new generation of job- seekers, from one of America's top college career counselors

With the job market in flux, young people face The Question: what are you going to do with that major?

In this indispensable guide, Dr. Katharine Brooks provides a road map for twenty-somethings, replacing obsolete thinking that "major = career," and instead using positive psychology, mapping techniques, and experimental wanderings to help job seekers reframe their skills. Brooks provides effective strategies to help readers mine their academic and life experiences for new insights into landing jobs with the best employers, and finding alternatives when the situation calls for a Plan B.

You Majored in What? offers a practical and proven approach to reframing experiences, discovering overlooked opportunities, and finding a true calling, regardless of your undergraduate major or the state of the job market.




Editorial Reviews

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"Brooks, who is director of liberal-arts career services at the University of Texas at Austin, provides those tools in the form of a series of quizzes and exercises designed to crystallize students' talents and inclinations. She then explains how to use the results to choose a direction, stand out from the crowd and wow job interviews."
-TIME

"The book combines...What Color Is Your Parachute? with genuinely practical advice."
-New York Times

"Will help anyone be a smarter student and prepare for the future."
-Austin American Statesman

"An appealing blend of poetry and pragmatism. [Brooks] talks about finding the narrative of your life and harnessing the value of happenstance, but she also coaches readers on the nuts-and-bolts of resume writing and interviewing. You Majored in What would make a wonderful gift to both high school and college grads."
-Austin American Statesman

"Supportive, ingenious, and fun, Brooks's innovative career coaching can turn beloved interests into satisfying vocations."
-Boston Globe

"Dr. Brooks, a longtime college career advisor, provides students with an optimistic, encouraging outlook, and shows them that their strengths and skills are more important than choice of major...a positive reinforcement to the students who pursue their interest in liberal arts, and parlay the same interests into successful careers."
-Examiner.com

"In times like these it's crucial to look at entering the workplace from a whole new perspective and You Majored in What? accomplishes this! Who cares what your college major is? What is more important are your dreams, values, and strengths and this book helps any young person figure these things out and find a career that fits. But it now! It's great!"
-Julie Jansen, author of I Don't Know What I Want, but I Know it's Not This!

"Kate Brooks addresses the key challenges faced by many college students as they attempt to bridge the chasm between sixteen years of education and the largely unknown world of work. You Majored in What? is truly a great guide for the soon-to-be-launched student. At a time when all job-hunters are going to need to raise their level of job-getting skills, Kate Brooks has provided the liberal arts grad with exactly what they need to compete and succeed."
-Jaye R. Roseborough, Executive Director, Career Services, Middlebury College

"A fresh and encouraging voice in the liberal arts job search wilderness. Extremely helpful exercises and examples. Will be very useful to both students and career couselors. I plan to use it a lot."
-Carolyn Couch, Associate Director of Career Services, Wake Forest University.

"You Majored in What? is a lifeline for parents and students who value a liberal arts education. Katharine Brooks offers smart and accessible insights that turn the apparent chaos of a liberal arts major into a "wandering map" to illuminate many routes toward a fulfilling career and life."
-James H. Madison, Professor of History and Director, Liberal Arts and Management Program, Indiana University

"Students of all ages will gain valuable insight into their own interests, goals, and career aspirations from this book, even if all they do is skim the first 2 chapters. You Majored in What? helps young people find the connections between their interests and the inexhaustible career options available to them. This book should be sent to every student with their letter of admission or given to every first-year student at the start of orientation. I hope to share it with my graduate students."
-Paul Binkley, Director Career Development Services, The George Washington University

"The wisdom contained in this book could not have become available at a better time for the millions of Gen Y college students and recent graduates who are simultaneously struggling with crushing levels of student debt and the desire to find a career where they can do meaningful work that is a benefit to society."
-Steven Rothberg, President and Founder, CollegeRecruiter.com

"An amazing, refreshing new perspective on an ancient question that does not leave sage advice behind! This book takes tried-and-true concepts and adds meaning and organization. One can't help but think, engage and be encouraged by Kate's valuable wisdom! Useful as a course text, a journal, a job search manual, or what it reads like: a personal career companion, mentor or friend. Born of chaos theory, this book is ready to deliver into the hands of the yearning who are eager to absorb it.
Loaded with images, constructive strategies, and meaningful advice, You Majored in What? is intellectual, but practical, and readers will deepen their appreciation of their majors. With its many examples, exercises, reflections and real life stories, this book has something for every reader to grab a hold of to achieve not only career success, but life and work success."
--Denise Dwight Smith, Director, University Career Center for Work, Service, and Internships, UNC in Charlotte

"Through the use of positive language, metaphors, and practical application, You Majored in What? is a wonderful guide and workbook not only for the undergraduate student but also for the career practitioner! Whether a student, mentor, or coach, unquestionably you will be inspired and empowered by the possibilities that will result from the Wise Wandering and mapping activities."
-Meg Flournoy, Associate Director, The Duke MBA Career Management Center

"You Majored in What? is filled with interactive exercises and is written in an engaging and practical way. This book will be a helpful resource for students as they consider their post-college plans."
-Deanne H. Maxwell, Assistant Director, Student and Career Development, Cornell University

"You Majored in What? will speak to the person in career transition or the college student simply overwhelmed by the options. The tone is light and the exercises are manageable, designed to release your hidden dreams and strengths. This is a fresh and much needed addition to the field of career development."
-Beverly T. Lorig, Director, Career Services, Washington & Lee University

"Kate Brooks poses a multitude of questions in You Majored in What?. Fortunately, she also offers plenty of answers to take willing readers on a journey of self-discovery from chaos to satisfying career choices."
-Skip Sturman, Director, Career Services, Dartmouth

Review

"In times like these it's crucial to look at entering the workplace from a whole new perspective and You Majored in What? accomplishes this! Who cares what your college major is? What is more important are your dreams, values and strengths and this book helps any young person figure these things out and find a career that fits. Buy it now! It's great!"
- Julie Jansen author of I Don't Know What I Want, but I Know it's Not This!

"Kate Brooks addresses the key challenges faced by many college students as they attempt to bridge the chasm between sixteen years of education and the largely unknown world of work. You Majored in What? is truly a great guide for the soon-to-be-launched student. At a time when all job-hunters are going to need to raise their level of job-getting skills, Kate Brooks has provided the liberal arts grad with exactly what they need to compete and succeed."
-Jaye R. Roseborough, Executive Director, Career Services, Middlebury College

"A fresh and encouraging voice in the liberal arts job search wilderness. Extremely helpful exercises and examples. Will be very useful to both students and career counselors. I plan to use it a lot"
-Carolyn Couch, Associate Director of Career Services, Wake Forest University

"You Majored in What? is a lifeline for parents and students who value a liberal arts education. Katharine Brooks offers smart and accessible insights that turn the apparent chaos of a liberal arts major into a "wandering map" to illuminate many routes toward a fulfilling career and life."
-James H. Madison, Professor of History and Director, Liberal Arts and Management Program, Indiana University.

"Students of all ages will gain valuable insight into their own interests, goals, and career aspirations from this book, even if all they do is skim the first 2 chapters. You Majored in What? helps young people find the connections between their interests and the inexhaustible career options available to them. This book should be sent to every student with their letter of admission or given to every first-year student at the start of orientation. I hope to share it with my graduate students."
-Paul Binkley, Director Career Development Services, The George Washington University

"The wisdom contained in this book could not have become available at a better time for the millions of Gen Y college students and recent graduates who are simultaneously struggling with crushing levels of student debt and the desire to find a career where they can do meaningful work that is of benefit to society."
-Steven Rothberg

"An amazing, refreshing new perspective on an ancient question that does not leave sage advice behind! This book takes tried-and-true concepts and adds meaning and organization. One can't but help but think, engage and be encouraged by Kate's valuable wisdom! Useful as a course text, a journal, a job search manual, or what it reads like: a personal career companion, mentor or friend. Born of chaos theory, this book is ready to deliver into the hands of the yearning who are eager to absorb it.

Loaded with images, constructive strategies, and meaningful advice, You Majored in What? is intellectual, but practical, and readers will deepen their appreciation of their majors. With its many examples, exercises, reflections and real life stories, this book has something for every reader to grab a hold of to achieve not only career success, but life and work success."
-Denise Dwight Smith, Director, University Career Center, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

"Through the use of positive language, metaphors, and practical application, You Majored in What? is a wonderful guide and workbook not only for the undergraduate student but also for the career center practitioner! Whether a student, mentor, or coach, unquestionably you will be inspired and empowered by the possibilities that will result from the Wise Wandering and mapping activities."
-Meg Flournoy, Associate Director, The Duke MBA Career Management Center

"You Majored in What? will speak to the person in career transition or the college student simply overwhelmed by the options. The tone is light and the exercises are manageable, designed to release your hidden dreams and strengths. This is a fresh and much needed addition to the field of career development."
-Beverly T. Lorig, Director, Career Services, Washington & Lee University

"You Majored in What? is filled with interactive exercises and is written in an engaging and practical way. This book will be a helpful resource for students as they consider their post- college plans."
-Deanne H. Maxwell, Assistant Director, Student and Career Development, Cornell University

"Kate Brooks poses a multitude of questions in "You Majored In What?" Fortunately, she also offers plenty of answers to take willing readers on a journey of self- discovery from chaos to satisfying career choices."
-Skip Sturman, Director, Career Services, Dartmouth

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new approach to career discovery June 15, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I have been a career counselor for almost fifteen years now, and my shelves are filled with everything from "What Color is Your Parachute?" to "Do What You Are" to "I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was". Until recently, I felt that most every career exploration book was retreading the same ground, connecting your skills, values, and interests in a linear way to matching job titles. Or, at the other extreme, telling you to just think happy metaphysical thoughts to change the universe and manifest prosperity.

Then I read "You Majored in What?" - and I was blown away by a radically new approach to career exploration, based on Chaos Theory and what the author calls "Wise Wandering". It takes into account the fact that nobody follows a linear path to a lifelong career that fits perfectly. Instead, it leverages the seemingly random events in your life to provide clues to your attractors.

Thank you, Dr. Brooks, for giving me a new set of tools to use with my clients. It's opened me up to new approaches, and reminded me that, as Tolkien said, "Not all those who wander are lost."
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing & inspiring August 11, 2009
By Silvana
Format:Hardcover
Having just been fired from my new job, I was despondently wandering around the public library looking at books in the career and job-hunting section. I picked up a few, but, as is always the case, they were dry & uninspired, didn't apply to me or my situation as much as I'd hoped, and, frankly, made me feel even more despondent. Then I came across "You Majored in WHAT?" in the new books section. I resonated with the question as I'm a double-major in English and Philosophy with a minor in Anthropology ... living in an area where having a college degree has gotten me kicked out of more interviews than I can count (you don't need a degree to use a cash register or fry a burger). I thought it might be a book that was sympathetic to my situation (over-educated in an undereducated town) and would, at least, entertain me for an hour. I was wrong! It was so refreshing, positive, interesting, and inspiring that I actually got tears in my eyes. It gave me hope that somehow, somewhere, someday I'll be working in a job - a career - that makes use of my mind, my education, my talents and my interests. It's okay that, since my graduation, I've been wandering, trying to figure out where I belong and what I should/could be doing. It told me that my way of thinking has NOT been wrong these past few years - I'm allowed to try different things, I'm allowed to be confused, I'm allowed to still be figuring out what I want. Best of all, it showed me that there are others out there like me, those who are wondering what to do with their chosen majors, if it was all worth it, if everything will work out in the long run. This book is long, long overdue and so needed. A breath of fresh air in the all-too-stale world of work. This is a book that I will purchase and refer to again and again when the chips are down, and will recommend to many.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Career and Life Coaching Book Ever! May 28, 2009
Format:Hardcover
"You Majored in What?" walks you through the entire career process and the brainstorming before trying to make your career goals come to life. The Wise Wanderings career method removes the anxiety and stress from the career search process. This book is like therapy and career coaching in one. It is great for planning, identifying your strengths and allowing you to pursue more than one career path at once. The book has great resources for interviews, resumes, cover letters, grad schools, etc. I have recommended this book to all my friends that are professionals. This book is great for professionals and students.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for mid-career changers and moms returning to work February 20, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Even though this book is marketed (and written) for high school and college students or recent graduates, as a person who recently re-entered the job market (after staying home and raising my daughter) I found this book extremely helpful in shaping my ideas for what I could "do" and how to promote myself to an employer. Making the various maps was a lot of fun and I learned things about myself that I had never thought about before. The chapters on resumes, cover letters, and interviewing were full of great ideas and I produced a targeted resume that got me interviews immediately. Even better, I got the second job I applied for-- despite this terrible economy! Highly recommended for anyone at any age.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars don't let the easy accessibility fool you July 31, 2009
By O
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"you majored in what?" provides a fresh, detailed approach to career research. about 22 years ago, i needed a career change. i attended counseling classes, and also went through the then-current volume of bolles' ubiquitous "what color is your parachute;" although i was successful in my effort, i wish this book and approach had been available then (yes, even though this book is aimed at graduating college students, i think career-changers could benefit equally from its content). the WCIYP approach is terrific as far as it goes, but it is not as straightforward and freeing-from-stereotypes as would have been helpful to me. "you majored in what?" is an open-ended brainstorming of a sort, with a framework laid out to really allow me to link experience,strengths and interests. the author uses the term "wandering map" to describe the basic tool upon which the "search" is built. "wandering" sounds a little too unfocused to me; i think it really works more like a "brainstorming map." other reviews here provide terrific detail on the content, so i'll stop here.

the book is easy to read and follow, and yet is a complete, detailed description of a confidence-building career search process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book
this book is very helpful, gave it to my brother in law that was a psy major and had little job prospects
Published 1 month ago by dlyn
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
If you find yourself unemployed or simply in a rut in your current job, this may be the book for you. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Sliter
5.0 out of 5 stars The TRUTH about career planning!
Katherine Brooks provides a progressive and realistic look at how students can identify career choices! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carly Dennis
2.0 out of 5 stars Useless
It has an excess amount of unnecessary work but it can have some good information in it . I would not read it if I did not have to.
Published 7 months ago by Walter Loza
4.0 out of 5 stars Good choice.
It worked for me; don't see why it can't work for you. Maybe you'll get more out of it than I did.
Published 7 months ago by shellz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
This book was used for a career mapping course. I loved exploring my talents and found some that I didn't realize we're there. I needed this book at this ti e I. My life
Published 8 months ago by Denise D. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Embrace the Chaos!
I am an undergraduate adviser at a four-year university and was immediately drawn in by the title of this book since I work with students who are majoring in design and arts and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kelli Sholer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brand new
The book is brand new. There's not many things to talk about it. It's good price after all. I recommend others to buy this career book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Elwyn
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY USEFUL
I bought this a class and I still look at it. It is one of the best books I bought to date
Published 11 months ago by Blair London
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
This book is outstanding for helping people decide what career they should pursue. Very helpful information, including guidance on how to answer interview questions. Read more
Published 17 months ago by judy Popovich
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Dr. Katharine Brooks is a counselor who specializes in career counseling and coaching, particularly for liberal arts students and alumni. She is currently the Executive Director of the Office of Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest University. For ten years she served as the Director of Liberal Arts Career Services for The University of Texas at Austin, and prior to that was the Director of Career Services for Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. She recently received the Kauffman Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers for her contributions to the career services field. She was also named one of the "10 Most Visionary" people in career services in a survey by CSO Research. She has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Gettysburg College, and a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and a doctorate in educational psychology from West Virginia University.



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