The Compulsive Reader: In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers by Deborah Reber

Thursday, October 14, 2010

In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers by Deborah Reber

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

It’s a life-defining question that all are faced with at some point, and for some teenage girls, it can be overwhelming. Deborah Reber strives to make sense of the many options available in today’s job market with her straightforward, informative, and fun guide, In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers.

This handy resource profiles scores of jobs, and even includes a list of options related to the job in focus, giving information and advice on over 200 available careers total. Some of the more familiar jobs are described in great detail, but there are also some that you might not know much about, including:

  • Business executive
  • Architect
  • Professional athlete
  • Talent agent
  • Relief worker
  • Museum curator
  • TV show creator
  • Systems engineer
  • Photographer
  • …and over 40 more!

With input from real-life women and Reber’s down-to-earth and engaging narrative, this book is not only easy to read, but fun too. The women profiled are all very knowledgeable, from the average person to well-known senators. Their words are inspiring, and they offer helpful advice and insight on what you need to know about their jobs.

Reber includes the “big” details pertaining to the jobs, like:

  • Daily responsibilities
  • What an average day in the life is like
  • Salaries, including numbers for those starting out, and how much one can expect to earn over time
  • Education requirements
  • Career timelines

But what makes this book stand out are the “little” things you’d like to know about, but may have a hard time learning, such as:

  • How stressful a job might be, with each job rated on a scale from 1 to 10.
  • The required dress code. Can you get away with wearing jeans, or will you be donning pumps every day?
  • Where to find a job geographically. Do you want to live in a big city, or in a quiet town? Would you have to move away from home, or is there a career available nearby?
  • A breakdown of how often you can expect to be on the phone, working along, reading materials, etc.
  • Tips on how to begin working toward your dream job right now, even as a teenager.
  • A list of related jobs in the field you might not have thought of before. Does this job sound interesting, but not quite what you want to do? Chances are that you could discover a career you never knew existed at the end of each chapter!
  • What it takes, beyond school and education. Some jobs sound fascinating, but besides an interest and the right education, do you have the passion, talent, and drive to be successful in a certain field?

Reber’s book is an excellent resource if you are looking for more details on a field you intend to pursue, or if you just want to find a sense of direction. She makes brainstorming for ideas and looking to the future fun, not intimidating. Reber will get you fired up about your future and your goals, and the hardest part about reading In Their Shoes may be picking just one job to pursue! You can read through the guide entirely or skip around, but no matter what your approach, girls and women of all ages will appreciate this helpful and motivating book.

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