How'd You Score That Gig?: A Guide to the Coolest Jobs [and How to Get Them]
by: Alexandra Levit
Published by: Ballantine Books, a division of Random House
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Reviewed by Patty Inglish, MS
As a Workforce Development professional, I have administered a slew of career assessment instruments with varying success. Some of the newer quizzes and questionnaires aim to reveal the Dream Job: that one is best suited for. This job is also most likely to provide high job satisfaction. However, it is often difficult to find a job that fits both models.
Today’s trend is to find a person’s “calling.” This is accomplished through paper and pencil tests like the Keirsey Temperament or Meyers-Briggs, online surveys, and even some effective card-sorting games. Some online measurements reveal one’s “work personality” as being closest to a particular Star Trek® or Star Wars® character. These are fun, though a bit gimmicky – and not always correct. In the end, all this “work personality determination” can seem akin to casting horoscopes, while Young Adult Professionals (YAPS, as I call them) prefer something fresher. All these instruments have their due applications, but Ms. Levit’s system outshines each one.
In a survey of workers aged approximately 20-39, Levit determined qualities that reveal Work Passions – more likeable and fun than “work personalities.” Self-administered and self-scored, the associated quiz can be retaken yearly to determine changes throughout the lifespan (my own test results were spot on). The careers of passion, so to speak, are Adventurer (that’s me), Creator (also me), Data Head (me, too), Entrepreneur, Investigator (me), Networker, and Nurturer. As with other quizzes, most users will likely score a “highest three categories” cluster that provides a range of lucrative career choices. Overall, the system is easy and based on facts.
Levit includes actual interviews with workers for clues on how to break into exciting careers that match the Passions, and she provides descriptions and in-depth information about the Top 60 Most Attractive Careers desired by young professionals today. Easy to read and engaging, the text is an exciting journey through a Disneyland type of Career Space Ride. For a neat finish, it all seems very effective.
Every high school and college grad should receive a copy of this book as a gift. This is one of the best books of its kind I have ever read or used. I am recommending it to many people.
Armchair Interviews says: Highly recommended.
Author’s Web site: http://www.AlexandraLevit.typepad.com
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