1000 years of Career Advice – Paul Murphy

Summary:

The premise of this book is an excellent one. Taking 100 graduates, the author interviews them ten years after making their career choices.

There are 100 graduates featured here, across a broad range of 16 specialities. While the bulk of the roles are either based in Ireland or the UK, there is an international flavour, including far-flung destinations such as Oman, Switzerland, and Scotland :D.

The disciplines range from accounting, through the ubiquitous IT roles, from HR, sales, engineering and law, amongst others.

Within each diverse group, the author aims to get as wide a span as possible, so that the reader can take the career path from high-level to an actual day-to-day scenario.

The aim of the book is simple – to give enough of an overview that will somewhat demystify a sector, and hopefully cause the interested reader to research that role a bit further. It is first and foremost a reference guide, to give the reader a feeling for what a role may be like, according to people living that role.

What I Liked:

  • The interview format. Open-ended questions allows the interviewee to expand on his/her role, and the reader gets honest insights.
  • The condensing of themes at the end of the book. The author creates a meta-theme e.g. University, then cross-references important sub-themes in his interviews to that meta-theme (e.g. which interviewees in which roles highlighted the importance of work placements while at university).
  • No in-depth knowledge or experience is needed to get to grips with this book – it is ideal for those coming up to the Leaving Cert (or A Levels), and also serves as an excellent primer for the younger readers who are beginning to realise there’s a wider working world out there!!

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Not much.

Overall:

A definite must-have for every career guidance teacher in Ireland & the UK, and parent who may not have all the answers to all the questions! Well-written, accessible, and to the point – it gets the starter questions out of the way in a clear style, allowing the young readers to get more in-depth and informed.

Acknowledgements:

Thanks to the author who sent me a free copy of his book, in return for an honest review.

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