How many times were you asked the following question when you were growing up? “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
I’m guessing it was many, many times. Were you one of those people who always knew what career they wanted, or were you like me and not even have a clue about most of the possible jobs out there you could choose from?
I remember some of my answers when I was a tween. First, I wanted to be a doctor. I knew it paid well, but then I realized that I would have to deal with people bleeding and other “gross stuff” and decided that might not be for me. Then, I thought I could be a paediatrician – because apparently kids don’t bleed (!?) After that, I decided I wanted to be a teacher, until someone told me that there was a terrible shortage of teaching jobs (which was definitely true at the time).
In the end, I decided to pursue a career in finance/business, largely because I didn’t really know what else to do.
If only I had a copy of a book like Careers: The Graphic Guide to Finding the Perfect Job for You when I was growing up! I might have saved myself from going to university to complete a degree in Economics. I would have learned about 130+ careers that I might enjoy, most of which were definitely never on my radar.
It might not have taken me 20+ years to realize that a career as a writer or editor might be a more enjoyable career for me. Or I might have decided to explore my creative side with a career as a graphic designer or photographer. Who knows?
When DK Canada sent me a copy of Careers to review, I was blown away by how informative and easy to read it was. The book features information on over 130 different careers, broken down into 15 categories, all laid out in a very visually appealing way that’s sure to appeal to tweens and teens:
The first few pages are designed to get tweens and teens thinking about their future career choices and understanding what jobs might be a good fit for them, based on their interests, skills, favourite subjects, motivators and personal qualities. It also provides tips for taking action to work towards their future career goals.
The rest of the book profiles possible careers, ranging from traditional jobs like teacher, accountant and doctor to less familiar careers such as cybersecurity analyst, food scientist and logistics manager.
After a quick read through of the book, my teenage daughter identified 8 careers that she thought would be a great fit for her – only 2 of them were ones she had previously considered.
For each possible career, there is a job description, salary prospects, entry qualifications, industry profile, related careers, skills guide, career path information as well as important information about lifestyle expectations and the realities of the job (hours, location and working environment, stress levels, etc).
This book contains a wealth of information, in a format that ensures that tweens and teens will read and enjoy it.
Tweenhood is giving away a copy of the book Careers: The Graphic Guide to Finding the Perfect Job for You, courtesy of DK Canada. Enter below for your chance to win!
This giveaway is open to Canadian residents 18+ only, excluding Quebec. A winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. The winner will be required to answer a skill-testing question and have 48 hours to respond, otherwise another winner will be chosen.
The giveaway starts April 29th and ends May 17th at 11:00 p.m. ET.
Question time: If you could go back in time, what would you tell your tween self about choosing a career?
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)