DK Published has managed a nearly impossible feat here: they’ve created a book that is packed full of information but also inviting and friendly. A perfect synthesis of hard and soft presentation to create a very useful and incredible usable guidebook suitable for teens and tweens.
The book is color coded by job type and includes many disciplines: health and medicine; sports, leisure, and tourism; security and emergency services; construction; transportation; arts, crafts, design; performing arts, media, and journalism; sales, marketing, and advertising; administration and business management; finance, law, politics; information technology and computing; science and research; animals, farming, and the environment; engineering and manufacturing.
Each of the above disciplines give information on several job types. E.g., Animals, Farming, and the Environment has job descriptions for: veterinarian, animal care worker, zookeeper, farm manager, horticultural worker, landscape architect, ecologist. This allows the child to see the different aspects of working in that field and gravitate toward one that appeal most are for which they are best suited.
Each job has a career path journey graphically laid out with important aspects including personality needs, parent or role model influence, type of eduction received, internship, grades, after school jobs, future financial goals, where the tween lives, etc. It’s a good reminder that no career is gifted – it takes work and dedication as well as many other factors to secure a desired job.
There is also an ‘understanding yourself’ checklist to help readers find careers of interest. This includes call out boxes on personal qualities, circumstances, skills, interests, subjects, motivators, etc. It’s great for tweens/teens who haven’t gravitated to a career goal yet.
There is also a section on taking action while in school to find out more about careers of interest. This includes setting goals, seeking advice, research, volunteering, and more. What it entails when actually going out and getting the job is also presented – again very graphically and intelligently.
Each section of careers/job disciplines are color coded for easy reference. There is a description, salary caps, industry profile, related careers, checklist call out box to see if it would be suitable for the reader, career paths, and skills guide. All beautifully laid out and easy to follow.
This could easily have been pretty to look at but not very useful. But in checking out the section on my particular career area (professional photographer), I was highly impressed with the relevance and accuracy of the job descriptions, salary expectations, and career paths. There were many places the editors could have got it very wrong if they had not looked into the careers in depth. But they got it all right – from the need for self promotion and management skills to the usefulness of internships. It was all right on the money for my husband’s career as well.
This is the type of book that is so well presented, it really should be at every junior high school in America. But it is also very useful and practical as a place to begin discussions of career choices in middle and high school. It’s a book presented for the reader but without pandering or oversimplification. The graphics do more than pretty up the text – they categorize, order, and clarify the information presented.
This is one book I highly recommend – one of the most intelligently presented, relevant, and accurate non fiction children’s books I’ve read in a long time. Reviewed from an advance readers copy supplied by the publisher.