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Career rookie : a get-it-together guide for grads, students and career newbies / Sarah Vermunt
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9781770414884
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Toronto : ECW Press [2019]

©2019
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247 pages ; 20 cm
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"A shot of encouragement, a kick in the ass, and a loving push for young people who have no idea what they want or how to get it Career Rookie is a book for every grad, student, and 20-something who feels lost, overwhelmed, and anxious. It tackles the emotional and logistical WTF-ness of starting your career, answering questions like, What if I don't have any experience? What if I went to school for something I hated? What if I have NO IDEA what I actually want? Should I just suck it up and settle? Because, honestly, this career thing is starting to give me an ulcer. This fresh, fun guide gives even the most lost and overwhelmed a way forward. It explores passion, curiosity, uncertainty, self-sabotage, and more on the quest to shake off post-graduation paralysis. Finding the right career can seem impossible, but Sarah Vermunt is the fun-loving, straight-talking coach we all need to make feel-good work a reality."-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

Summary

A shot of encouragement, a kick in the ass, and a loving push for young people who have no idea what they want or how to get it

Career Rookie is a book for every grad, student, and 20-something who feels lost, overwhelmed, and anxious. It tackles the emotional and logistical WTF-ness of starting your career, answering questions like, What if I don't have any experience? What if I went to school for something I hated? What if I have NO IDEA what I actually want? Should I just suck it up and settle? Because, honestly, this career thing is starting to give me an ulcer.

This fresh, fun guide gives even the most lost and overwhelmed a way forward. It explores passion, curiosity, uncertainty, self-sabotage, and more on the quest to shake off post-graduation paralysis. Finding the right career can seem impossible, but Sarah Vermunt is the fun-loving, straight-talking coach we all need to make feel-good work a reality.


Author Notes

Sarah Vermunt is the founder of Careergasm and the author of Careergasm: Find Your Way to Feel-Good Work. Sarah is a regular career columnist on TV's CityLine, and her work has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Fast Company. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, and online at Careergasm.com.


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Library Journal Review

Canadian career coach Vermunt (Careergasm) provides perfunctory coverage of topics typically addressed in the vast pantheon of career self-help books, including self-assessment, career transitioning, fear of failure, transferable skills, internships, résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing, and salary negotiations. Aimed at twentysomething college graduates, it contains such nuggets of wisdom as, "None of us out there knows what the fuck we're doing. It's one of the secrets of adulthood." No mention is made of the most oft-cited concern of hiring managers-communication skills. This comes as no surprise from a book with an introduction titled "What the Actual Fuck" and chapters that include "Give a Fuck," "Fuckups," and "No Boring Shit." Vermunt knows her subject matter and possesses genuine concern for the well-being of early career-stage adults. But the volume feels more like a slapdash effort to garner website visitors, career coaching clientele, and speaking engagements than an earnest attempt to offer thorough and thoughtful advice. VERDICT Readers looking for an irreverent career guide may appreciate this selection, but it's no replacement for more serious works such as Roberto Angulo's Getting Your First Job (for Dummies) and -Steven Mostyn's Job Search.-Alan Farber, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

What the Actual Fuck -- INTRODUCTION Hey there. Welcome to the beginning of your career! Maybe you're still hung-over from graduation. Or maybe graduation was a few years ago but you're still feeling dazed and confused. Either way, I know what you're thinking... What the actual fuck. Why didn't anyone tell me it would be like this? - and - Jesus Christ, is this really all there is?! I busted my ass in school for the last two decades expecting some kind of payoff. #notworthit - and maybe even - What are the rules here? Do I really need to make a LinkedIn profile? Will I have to start washing my hair more often? Do I need to buy a FUCKING PANTSUIT?! Because that is literally my worst nightmare. You've heard a lot of shitty things about adulthood. Some of it is true -- there are bills to pay and pants to wear -- but, luckily, some of it is most definitely not true. The first step in getting your career game together is sorting the truth from the life-sucking lies. Those things are tougher to tell apart than you'd think, especially when you're new to your career. Take this doozie, for example: Everyone else has their shit together. Nope. Bullshit. Total bullshit. And yet you probably feel like this is very true -- that you're a gazillion years behind already because everyone else was given some secret playbook for adulting while you weren't looking. Not so. Here's the truth: Most people don't know what the hell they're doing straight out of school. And most people feel sick about it because they don't even know what they want, let alone how to get it. I know this because I'm a career coach. Every day I work with people who feel paralyzed on the doorstep of their career. People who feel lost, freaked out, and a little bit stabby -- confused about which path to take and panicked that they're falling behind. Together we figure out how to dial down the anxiety, decide what they want, and make a solid plan to go after it. That's what you and I will do in the following pages too. We'll walk through that WTF feeling of starting your career so you can get clear on what you want and cook up a killer plan to go get it. Ready? Let's do this. Excerpted from Career Rookie: A Get-It-Together Guide for Grads, Students and Career Newbies by Sarah Vermunt All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What the Actual Fuckp. 9
I don't know what I wantp. 13
Swipe rightp. 29
Career inspop. 49
The burden of truthp. 71
Uh, never mindp. 99
But I don't know what I'm doingp. 118
Studnet debt: a sad trombonep. 137
Career legitp. 152
Interviewing like a ballerp. 172
Mo' moneyp. 188
Werk itp. 204
Are we there yet?p. 220
It's Go Timep. 243