Careering by Tamara S. Raymond ~ a book review

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.

As our children reach high school age, many questions begin to form in our minds. What are they going to be? How are they going to get there? What are their goals? Sometimes, we as parents and our students need some guidance to follow to help our students find the right path. So, how do we do that?

Tamara S. Raymond has given us some of that guidance with her book Careering:The Pocket Guide To Exploring Your Future Career. This is a simple guide that will direct questions, thoughts, and ideas to help students clarify where they should explore for their future. This is a 4″ x 5″ softback book with 85 pages. It is not merely a read and do book but rather one to consider, think on, and complete.

This is a workbook style guide with 8 steps (chapters), plus a preface, an introduction, and an afterward. In working through this guide, the student will explore the following:

  • What is Careering?
  • How to begin careering
  • Opportunities to explore different career options
  • Key Resources
  • The power of networking
  • Applying
  • Interview skills
  • A new job – now what?
  • The final step

The writing is uncomplicated and gives a simple-to-follow pathway along the process of exploring ideas and options for the future. With the space to make notes, write lists and brainstorm ideas, this booklet becomes unique for the student utilizing it. In addition to exploring careers, this book helps students hit the basics of landing a job – resume, interviews, networking, and more.

This is not a one-size-fits-all guide. I had hoped it would give us some new ideas and options of exploring the future with my soon to be high school senior. We had already followed the majority of the suggestions in this book and were looking for additional resources. So this is a starting place and it is not an exhaustive list of all the options or ideas. But it is a great place to start.

If you have a high schooler who is uncertain about what they want to zero in on in their education, this book will start them down the path of learning and exploring options and ideas. It will direct them in how to create some opportunities to decide if something is right for them. There is space within each of the steps to make notes, write lists, and create the information needed to evaluate options.

Careering:The Pocket Guide To Exploring Your Future Career is a wonderful starting place for looking at career options and narrowing the field down into manageable bits to evaluate. I would recommend it for students and parents who are just beginning this process. It may just be the spark that lights a fire.

Lori, At Home.


2 thoughts on “Careering by Tamara S. Raymond ~ a book review

  1. Annette Vellenga (@athomepets) July 8, 2021 at 10:55 pm Reply

    I wonder if this would help my lad out at all….

    • 3gigglygirlsathome July 9, 2021 at 11:09 am Reply

      My guess is you have at least talked with him about all of these options included in the book. He might need to implement them but you and I have chatted about these types of things a good bit.

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