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In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers Paperback – April 10, 2007
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Starred Review. Grade 8 Up–This fun, accessible book should appeal to teens who are exploring career possibilities. Each chapter contains an interview with its subject, for example, Nancy Pearl, librarian, as well as sidebars and lists on what to do now to prepare, what the person's day is like, and a time line of how her career took shape over the years. Concrete details about the women's current lives and about how they attained their goals are included. The variety of careers is impressive, ranging from forensic scientist and sheriff to social worker and actionist–a woman who is part motivational speaker, part writer, and part actress. At the end of each chapter there is a list of complementary careers to help readers brainstorm for themselves, as well as at least one Web site for further information. Additionally, a mini-chapter on networking, stress release, and other job-related issues appears between every five chapters. Even though the subjects are all women, the material is not female-focused. A fine addition to any collection.–Carol Fazioli, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA
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About the Author
Deborah Reber’s teen books include Doable, Language of Love, Chill, In Their Shoes, and Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: The Real Deal. She is also the founding editor-in-chief for Heart of Gold, an online destination for teen girls passionate about entrepreneurship, social activism, and volunteerism. She recently moved to Amsterdam with her family. Find out more at DebbieReber.com.
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This handy resource profiles scores of jobs, and even includes a list of options related to the job in focus, giving information and advice on over 200 available careers. With input from real-life women and Reber's down-to-earth and engaging narrative, this book is not only easy to read, but fun too. The women profiled are all very knowledgeable, from the average person to well-known senators, and their words are inspiring. Not only are there details on responsibilities and what an average day in the life is like, but Reber also includes average salaries, education requirements, career timelines, a stress scale, and tips on how to begin working toward your dream job right now.
Reber's book is an excellent resource if you are looking for more details on a field you intend to pursue, or if you just want to find a sense of direction. You can read it through entirely or skip around, but no matter what your approach, girls and women of all ages will appreciate this helpful and motivating book.
Each career - from a forensic scientist to a librarian to a journalist and everything in between - is featured with the same layout.
You'll find "the facts," including what the career entails, where you can find a job in that particular field, how you go about getting that type of job, what type of money you can expect to make, the dress code for the profession, and the stress factor for that career, rated on a scale from 1 to 10.
Each career - and, in turn, each amazing woman profiled - also offers practical advice to readers interested in pursuing the same field of interest, an interview held by the author, answers to questions from teen readers, a few points of interest as to what it takes to do the job, related careers, and a timeline of the professional's life. Everything you could want, and need, to know about the women featured in IN THEIR SHOES and their chosen career is in this book.
This is the perfect guide for any girl who is ready to start deciding on what path they would like their career choice to take, and even for those who are just interested in reading about the amazing positions that are out there. With just about everything you need to make some firm decisions, IN THEIR SHOES also points readers to additional sources of information for each particular career. It also includes a career chooser, which is a checklist of job traits to help you in your quest for the perfect career, and an index that can help you find facts in a hurry.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
But beyond providing an insider's view into 50 careers, this book offers very practical tips on how to get started in a given profession. It also lets readers know "what it takes" to be, for instance, a screenwriter ("extreme self-motivation" and "no shortage of good ideas").
I really appreciate how reader-friendly and well-organized this book is. There's also a "then to now" timeline of each woman (where they went to college and what they majored in, previous jobs, and major accomplishments). It's very interesting to learn that not all these women knew exactly where their educational and career paths were taking them.
At long last, a book for teens and young women (or for anyone who's thinking about a career change) that provides useful, specific, helpful and concrete information about a whole bunch of really cool jobs. How awesome is that?!
Each job is described through the woman telling what her usual day looks like, and then personality traits and answers to questions like'how long will I be in meetings each day?' and 'how long will I work alone each day?' The jobs featured in this book are really interesting, I like reading about the different jobs. Forensic scientist, screen writer, independent book store owner, and photographer are a few. This book is great and I highly recomend it!