- 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: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,843,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Alexandra Levit is a nationally recognized business and workplace author and speaker. A syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a blogger for HuffingtonPost.com, Alexandra has authored several books, including the popular They Don't Teach Corporate in College, How'd You Score That Gig?, and Success for Hire. Alexandra makes frequent national media appearances and has been featured in thousands of outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, ABC News, Fox News, CNBC, the Associated Press, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Fortune, and her articles regularly appear on the home pages of CNN, MSN, and Yahoo!.
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If you spend time talking to twenty- and thirtysomethings working today, you’ll unfortunately hear some unhappy stories. Far too many people hold jobs they don’t particularly care about. They commute to work every day and arrive home eight to twelve hours later without a clear sense of where they’ve been, where they are going, or why. In 2004, after I published a book called They Don’t Teach Corporate in College, I traveled to universities and corporations around the United States and heard these stories firsthand. The situation left me wondering: How did all of these smart, ambitious, goal-directed young people end up in dead-end or passionless careers?
I believe that part of the answer lies in the college recruiting scene. No matter who you are and what school you’re graduating from, the story is usually the same. Despite a major that you thought was going to prepare you for a career in the real world, by the time you’re a senior you still have no idea what you want to do with your life. You visit the campus career center and are introduced to a bevy of consulting and banking firms and Fortune 500 staples. You don’t want to go to graduate school right away and might not know what to go to graduate school for, so you interview for these jobs and inevitably accept one. You become like every other college student graduating in America today, and before you know it, you’re on a career path that may not have anything to do with your true calling.
For previous generations, this setup worked out well enough. They accepted college recruiting for what it was, and to some extent felt that a meaningful career meant a healthy, steady paycheck and not much else. We twenty- and thirtysomethings today, though, are rather different in our expectations regarding job satisfaction. Our parents carefully nurtured our talents and self-esteem from babyhood and told us we could be anything we wanted to be. As adults, our career desires are directed toward finding meaningful work that helps others. In essence, we want to be “paid volunteers,” to join an organization not because we have to, but because we want to, because it allows us to do something significant with our lives. We’re highly concerned with our professional development and want to have the opportunity to make a significant impact at a young age.
Unfortunately, the college recruiting system isn’t changing quickly enough to meet our needs, and even after we’ve gone through the process and possibly even accepted a position, many graduates yearn for a solution outside the typical channels. We want to discover the hidden road, the one that leads to an exciting, unique, and fulfilling line of work, the one taken by a select few who always get asked the question, “How’d you score that gig?” We long to have a job that makes us love getting up in the morning, a job that has our friends talking enviously at their Friday night happy hour gatherings. That’s where this book comes in. How’d You Score That Gig? is for you, the twenty- or thirtysomething who wants to find and travel that hidden road of your dreams.
The book features sixty cool jobs you may never have thought about pursuing, divided into seven categories based on the broad personality types that are generally best suited to those jobs. I selected the cool jobs via an online survey in which I asked nearly five hundred twenty- and thirtysomethings to tell me about their dream careers. Based on the responses, I generated a list of the top sixty careers and constructed a fairly comprehensive profile of each using the information I gathered from written sources and in-depth interviews with more than a hundred individuals currently holding the jobs. Then, I researched various personality-type measures to develop my seven “passion profiles”—adventurer, creator, data-head, entrepreneur, investigator, networker, and nurturer—and placed the sixty cool jobs into the appropriate categories. In the first chapter, I provide an assessment to help you decide which passion profiles (and therefore which jobs) might be most appealing to you. However, though you may be tempted to skip ahead to your own passion profile, I hope that you will be sufficiently intrigued to read the entire book, because you never know what might spark your interest and prompt you to go out and learn more about a particular job. My goal in writing How’d You Score That Gig? was to offer a true insider’s glimpse into each and every one of these careers, and to provide you with critical advice you simply can’t get in your run-of-the-mill job-reference book—especially as it pertains to how you’d go about getting a job in that field. Congratulations on having the courage to embark on the journey toward career fulfillment. I promise it will be worthwhile.
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goal-directed young people end up in dead-end or passionless careers?" I am personally frustrated by the lack of any real guidance by college career centers to help find a career that is truly a good fit for you as well as being honest about what the work world is really like. I find that this book coupled with "They Don't Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World", are must reads for those in college (& 20's) as well as those still in need of some career guidance. I would even recommend sharing this book with friends and younger family members to jump start their brains early to choose a career that is both fulfilling and makes sense for them based on their strengths, values
and personality type.
Some advice, don't just read the jobs that match your assessment, also take a look at those contained in categories that may not. Pretty entertaining and thought provoking for those already down their career path, example, my highest scoring category doesn't match my chosen path (my second highest scoring category does), and looking at the traits of my chosen career, I'm able to identify some areas to focus on that may not be innate. One issue with these sort of tests for me at least, I rarely score overly heavy in any one category, a blessing and a curse I suppose.
While taking the test is enjoyable for all, agreeing with another reviewer, I also believe the book is most helpful for the unfulfilled looking for a career change, or high school and college grads planning their future. Go getters and the motivated have probably moved down this path already, and obviously the book can't possible contain every job out there, realizing limitations from someone taking a deep look.
Overall, definitely worth your time and recommended.