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Apr 8, 2014
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A Book Review- Majoring in the Rest of your Life

Majoring in the Rest of Your Life

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Majoring in the Rest of Your Life, by Carol Carter, discusses the struggles that every new college student faces. Being a freshmen myself, this book helped to guide me through my own experiences. The book breaks down how to make it from freshman year to senior year and know exactly what you want to do. In today’s economy, at least for me, I am constantly struggling to pick a path will guarantee job security but also be something I love. A lot of freshman tend to look too much to the future and don’t look at the here and now. The book teaches you that “college is the opportunity to explore all different things.” You have two years to determine your major and four years to determine the career you want to do. With this in mind, just explore your first three semesters to get a feel for how college academics work and to find a class that sparks your interest that you can pursue more.

Carter expands on the idea that there are three types of students: the drifter, life just happens to them; the dreamer, with crazy plans and goals for the future, always shooting for the stars; and the Doer, who plans, acts and achieves. For most students we are a combination of two or more of these types. If you are the type of student that likes to be involved in everything from math club to dance team, this book guides you on how to balance everything you want to do and still have time to unwind at the end of the day. You need to find the balance between keeping your nose in the books for a whole semester and never touching a book. There are so many new opportunities in college to explore, but making sure you stay in check with all aspects of your life is the key to success.

After determining the route for academics you want to travel, you can begin looking at Internships. You need to find an internship that is in a good location and won’t break the bank. You also need to think about the best time to do this internship. Balancing you time is just as important as balancing what you do with it.

Another struggle that most students (especially here at Goucher College) experience is studying abroad. With most campuses giving you options from 3 week, semester, or yearlong excursions, you can always find one that fits your calendar. The most common challenges are deciding where to travel and how to come up with the money to travel. With college debt piling up, you are just squeezing by for money for gas in your tank or a meal off campus a week.

With so much new in your life it is hard to breathe sometimes, but it is important to remember that everyone is /was in the same boat as you. They all experience the same struggles . There is also nothing wrong with asking for help. The most helpful place on campus getting college and career help is the Career Development Office. They handle resume work, internship searches, graduate school plans, career exploration and everything in between. Just like the tips in this book, they can help you decide a career path that will be everything you hope for in the end.

Apr 3, 2014
Goucher CDO
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A Book Review- Your First Interview by Ron Fry

Your First Interview by Ron Fry

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Your First Interview is a guide to ease anxiety by helping make your first job interview as successful and positive as possible. This handbook lets a first-time job hunter know what is needed to land a job. It explains how to find information about a company, gives examples of stand-out resumes, explains how to obtain an interview, discusses behavior during the interview and provides tips on following-up the interview.

The book tackles the area many first time interviewees forgot to take into consideration during their job search, researching the companies you’re applying for or interviewing with. It’s great to have a polished resume, but what really enhances your performance during a job interview is knowledge of critical information about the prospective employer. Fry gives readers an excellent list of resources to start their detective work that allows them the assurance that their first career move is the right career move.

Fry also tackles the increasingly important topic of career networking. He informs readers about the importance of building a network of valuable contacts and how networking is more than a means to an end but a web of relationships that will be helpful throughout your career. He provides tips on hot to identify your existing network and enrich it to receive a greater variety of information. Fry also answers any questions the readers might have about the per-interview stages, during the interview itself, and the follow-up needed after completing the interview in terms of networking. Because this book was written in 1996, it does not go into the importance of emailing and social media etiquette that have become major aspects of modern job hunting.

A touchy topic that is uncomfortable for many first time employees is negotiating salary. Fry provides the best way to handle the discussion of salary during job interviews. The interviewee is put into a classic buy-sell situation when prospective employers bring up the subject of salary early on in the interview. Fry discusses how to look at the bigger picture of one’s life and to not sell your skills for less than they are worth. You need a job, yet you have to be realistic about whether or not the negotiated salary will cover the cost of living. Fry emphasizes how important it is to think over an offer, or even decline, it if you do not think it is feasible. At the end of the day, you have to see everything about the employment process as a learning experience to be used to better your future career.

Although this book was published in 1996 and some of the information is slightly outdated, it is still an easy read filled with practical advice for those who are “first-timers” in the working world. This book is mostly direct toward younger people as it extensively describes all of the processes you need to go through when applying for a job including your personal job goals, getting to know the company you will be applying for, how to write follow up letters and most importantly the proper interview etiquette. It is designed to let the readers know exactly what to expect when walking into a job interview. “Your First Interview” will teach recent graduates how to take charge of the interviewing process to make sure they have succeeded in selling themselves to the company and assure the company will hire them.

Ron Fry has gone on to write an updated version of “Your First Interview”, originally written in 1996, which gives a more in depth and contemporary view of the employment market and how to prepare yourself to answer tough interview questions without breaking a sweat. Fry also provides the readers with the best online job sites and a complete survey of global career building spheres. This book is a refresher as well as a miraculous remedy to all the dilemmas one faces before and during the interview, but also the reality of finally receiving an employment position and using it the first step in discovering your entire career.

Apr 3, 2014
Goucher CDO
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A Book Review- You Majored in What?

You Majored in What?: Mapping Your Path From Chaos to Career

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You Majored in What? is about your transition to working life and how it doesn’t have to match up with what you studied in college. The book begins by expanding on the author’s, Dr. Katharine Brooks’, “Wise Wanderings” career path method.  The “Wise Wanderings” system is one that’s designed for students and college grads who don’t want to follow the traditional career-focused pathway or don’t choose a career they went to college for. The system is created to help you tap into your inner strengths without getting caught up with negativity and regret.

This book is perfect for the visual learner complete with visual mapping and an innovative layout on every page.  These techniques are both creative and practical. Brooks applies chaos theory to the job-finding process, stating that “Chaos theory helps us predict the outcomes of complex situations.” Isn’t our job search just another complex situation? Brooks breaks through traditional answers to the question “What are you doing with the rest of your life”, by analyzing not only what subject the reader is interested in, but also what mind-set you have toward life in general. As a student myself, I found the dos and don’t of college studying interesting as it pointed out simple studying tips and myths, such as highlighting required documents doesn’t actually increase comprehension.

This book is refreshing, positive, interesting, and inspiring. It gave me hope that even if I don’t know exactly what I want to do today, some day I’ll be working in a career that makes use of my mind, my education, my talents and my interests. This book lays out why it’s okay to try different things and that it’s okay to be confused about what you want to spend your life doing.

I would recommend this book to any student that is stuck at the question stage of what to do with their life. “You Majored in What?” walks you through step by step the entire career process in an anxiety-free way. This book is like career coaching and therapy all in one. The Goucher College Career Development Office is a great campus resource that also provides an anxiety-free way of figuring out your life. The counselors at the office are there to help you chose a path that works for you and doesn’t leave you with regret.

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