The Pocket Guide to Exploring Your Future Career

Young Adult - Non-Fiction
96 Pages
Reviewed on 08/08/2019
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Reviewed by Renee Guill for Readers' Favorite

Careering: The Pocket Guide to Exploring Your Future Career by Tamara S. Raymond is a guide for anyone starting a new career, but it is mostly geared towards high school and college students. It has a workbook in it to help you out. Tamara S. Raymond discusses ways of getting experience with school activities and such. She talks about how to write resumes and how to handle an interview. She also talks about what to do when you do get the job. She has a lot of tips and questions for you to answer to help as well.

I liked how Careering: The Pocket Guide to Exploring Your Future Career by Tamara S. Raymond mentions it is for students starting out in their careers. I think it could also benefit someone older who needs to start a new life, for some reason or other. I loved how she turned it into a workbook so people can write their answers in the book to help them decide on their careers; she gave excellent questions. The interview questions were spot on, and I wish I had known about them when I started out in my career. Tamara S. Raymond even suggests how one should dress for an interview and send thank you cards. I thought that was a great idea; it may seem obvious to some, but not to a teenager. She also had some great tips at the end of each chapter. This is definitely a good checklist to have if you are starting out or starting over in your career.

Stephen Fisher

Careering: A Pocket Guide to Exploring Your Future Career by Tamara S. Raymond is an essential collection of the requisite information that one needs when looking to join the work force population. She begins with helping you to begin assessing social skills, acknowledging references, and work habits that you have been developing from before and during high school and college, to wanting to climb the corporate ladder. This guide is jam packed with information that answers many questions that pertain to looking for employment, applying for and being prepared for any job interview, planning ahead, applying all skills that you have acquired over the years, as well as readily identifying them as assets. Knowing how to prepare for interviews including the do's and don'ts of how to dress, hygiene, punctuality and making sure you are not hungry or over stuffed from eating too much.

Ms. Raymond does an outstanding job of creating the perfect hand book for anyone looking for employment. This includes teenagers looking for summer jobs to even the most savvy and educated wanting to make a positive impact on a future would-be employer. Tamara has provided spaces within the pages for the reader to make notes, jot down skills, and personality traits. Anything that might give the individual an edge over the competition. Being a company supervisor, I am used to conducting interviews to determine whether the applicant is qualified, or willing to learn with a positive attitude. Her insightful tips are spot on, from preparing and knowing how to navigate traffic and security check points to making sure to keep an interview appointment. Careering: A Pocket Guide to Exploring Your Future Career is a must-have for anyone looking for that edge over the competition. Well done!

Jack Magnus

Careering: The Pocket Guide to Exploring Your Future Career is a nonfiction occupational self-help book for young adults written by Tamara S. Raymond. While many think that there will be time enough in college to consider a major and work towards a career, Raymond offers a number of compelling reasons why starting to formulate a career strategy while one is in high school can make a big difference in finding the job of your dreams. High schoolers have a wealth of options open to them, such as internships, summer jobs and volunteer opportunities, that can help them explore their interests without having to dedicate college time and coursework sight unseen. They should consider the benefits of amassing a wealth of relevant experience, obtaining mentors and gaining references once they’ve homed in on a career choice. Raymond gives them step-by-step guidance as they consider their options and interests.

Tamara S. Raymond’s Careering should be of interest to anyone who is considering a career change, no matter what their age or time of life. Raymond’s book is chock-full of good ideas on how to make the most of academic and online resources. I appreciated her repeated emphasis on the need for caution when applying for jobs or interacting with potential contacts online. Raymond gives an interactive feel to this guide through her technique of presenting a topic and then asking the reader guided questions to enable them to access that information in a personal way. The spaces she leaves for readers to interact are convenient, and they act as a stimulus to get people motivated to do the work then and there. Careering shows that you don’t have to settle for a job where you’ll only work for the paycheck. There’s something out there that will keep you motivated and growing. Raymond shows you how to make it happen. Careering: The Pocket Guide to Exploring Your Future Career is highly recommended.