Tuesday, 26 October 2010

29 Jobs and a Million Lies

If there was a prize for having read an awful lot of books, then I would most certainly be in the running for it. Unfortunately there aren't many jobs in the current market that call for having read a ridiculous number of novels, but never mind.

The last book that I read was a free ebook which I downloaded on to my iPad. Now you either get lucky when downloading free ebooks and get some thing that you really should have paid for, or you realise why it was free in the first place. Luckily this one falls in to the former, rather than the latter category.

In a nutshell this book is a travel through the numerous jobs (29 funnily enough) that the author has had. Everything from para legal secretary to moon lighting writing scripts for porno movies. Its an interesting career path to say the least. I think I enjoyed this book because I an relate to it pretty easily; in the last few years I've had no less than 7 different jobs and I'm still searching for what I want to do as a career long term. I think I admire this woman for aiming for what she wanted the consequences of it be damned. As with many of us what she wanted didn't necessarily correlate to what she needed, but still she tried. And that is an admirable quality- fearlessness. I know in my own career path I am far more likely to choose the secure path rather than the interesting one. I don't have the kind of gumption in my personally to say, I'm going to do this, because I want to do this and consequences be damned.

The book is well written engaging and well structured. As it seems with all ebooks there are few formatting problem- blank pages and the like, but it didn't detract from the over all picture. I would recommend downloading this book. It's a short and easy read, I read it over two days worth of train journeys on my way to work and back. Don't expect prose to the standard of Leo Tolstoy but rather accept this book as an interesting diversion into one womans life and her extraordinarily brave and varied approach to the time old question- what do you want to be when you grow up?

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