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Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite
The Minimalist Career Changer: How to Build Case Studies, Nail Interviews, and Land Your First Product Design Job in Minimum Time by Xinran Ma is a no-nonsense, impeccably designed, and plain-speaking how-to book that delivers exactly what it promises—a step-by-step, detailed plan to lay the groundwork for switching your career to product design. While The Minimalist Career Changer is ideal for jumpstarting the reader’s efforts to land a position in the highly competitive field of product design, the tips and tools that Xinran Ma offers are useful for anyone wanting to be better organized and more productive. Ma’s steps are clearly outlined and easy to follow, even for someone outside the profession. One especially valuable perk: rather than waiting until the end of the text to barrage and potentially overwhelm readers with additional resources, Ma groups them by topic, in small doses, at the end of each chapter. This approach is very much in line with one of Ma’s directives: group larger tasks into manageable steps.
Every page of Xinran Ma’s The Minimalist Career Changer has invaluable gifts for those brave enough to attempt real change. Each chapter begins with a relevant quote from seasoned experts in their respective fields. The effect feels like a cheering section and spurs the reader to continue with an optimistic point of view. Xinran Ma’s writing style is conversational and direct—he is a master of clear communication, espoused eloquently and succinctly in this powerful guidebook. The Minimalist Career Changer will, no doubt, quickly prove indispensable for readers in all stages of seeking positive change, in or out of the world of product design.