Review of Top 100 Computer and Technical Careers
However the book contains much more than descriptions of 100 careers. Although Top 100 Computer and Technical Careers is not what I expected, I was actually quite impressed with it. The first section of the book contains surveys, forms and tasks to help you figure out what career or careers are good picks for you based on interest, required skills, and what type of preparation you are willing or able to do. I was particularly struck by the balance between realism and following your dreams and desires. This section uses the second section, which contains details about the featured careers, as a resource. Each career area is split into eight sections - "Significant Points", "Nature of the Work", "Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement", "Employment", "Job Outlook", "Earnings", "Related Occupations" and "Sources of Additional Information." Most of this information is identical to what's in the Occupational Outlook handbook, but in slightly more readable form. The bulk of the remainder of the book is a set of worksheets to help optimize your job search from resume writing to interviewing and salary negotiation.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a technical or scientific bent who is looking to start or change their career path. I was particularly impressed with the fact that the book is updated regularly. I wish I had had this book when I was younger and considering different career paths. Although I checked this book out from the library, I would recommend purchasing it as you will want to use the worksheets and make notes in the book.
Michael Farr. Top 100 Computer and Technical Careers: Your Complete Guidebook to Major Jobs in Many Fields at All Training Levels. Fourth edition. (Indianapolis: JIST Publishing, 2009.)
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