"Thinking about your future career is exciting, but it can also be daunting. You need to pick which subjects to focus on in high school, make choices about college, and think about the interests and talents you have—and which you would like to pursue. It is best to approach choosing a career as a process rather than a single decision."
And with that advice, the book proceeds to offer a color-coded and simplistically illustrated springboard for that process.
The introduction uses introspective questions to ease you into the selection mindset. At first the base imagery may seem busy, but with a bit of browsing the structure proves a consistent layout on a two-page spread dedicated to each career option. Complete with concise description, entry qualifications, skills guide, salary scales for both entry-level and senior positions—along with a list of closely related professions—readers are given the most critical and to-the-point information in an approachable, easily digested manner.
The 400 jobs listed range the entire spectrum in terms of educational requirements. While this reviewer could only personally vet a handful of careers in this book, I did take the time to present it to a number of different people—all of whom agreed the section dedicated to their particular specialty was accurate and properly informative. Though it’s by no means exhaustive, this handbook could prove tremendously useful to young adults seeking to narrow down their most fitting, practical, and potentially stable job options. (The pay scale indicator was perhaps overly vague, but that should only encourage further personal research.) I sincerely wish I’d had a guide like this to flip through back when I felt the confounding pressure of settling on a major.
If there’s a teen in your life who seems lost in the vocational selection maze, this book could be just the kind of map they need.