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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
PublisherA. & C. Black
File size3.3 Mb
GanreNon Fiction
Pages count278
Book rating4.37 (46 votes)
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This week’s headline? creativity harnessed, distributed

Why this book? relevant right now

Which book format? "the basic codex"

Primary reading environment? bed, bath, beach

Any preconceived notions? boundarylessness and disintermediation

Identify most with? arrogance vs boldness

Three little words? "absolutely insatiable curiosity"

Goes well with? "bread and butter"

Recommend this to? "You absolute legend."

One of the friends I made last time I was here in Ireland was a pastry chef who gave me some career advice that I've followed for most of my twenties: work somewhere for a year, learn what you can, and move on. That has, with a few notable exceptions, been my pattern since undergrad.

It seems fitting that, at 30, I'm back in Ireland for grad school, and the first book I choose off the reading list - a guide to obtaining a job in publishing that I hope comes in handy any day now - gives the advice "change jobs every 3 to 5 years without fail." If I do that for the next decade, I'll only have another three jobs before I find my forever career.

There's also brief mention in this book of how students are now more consumers than mere absorbers of their education, which is really pertinent as I wait on my loan money to come through. I've been finding ways to squeeze every (Euro) penny's worth out of this year of grad school.

This book was very helpful, though it was written in 2008, right on the cusp of the digital change. The writers acknowledge this, and it was almost like I was waiting for them to drop the word "Kindle." So while the advice isn't so much outdated as incomplete, it still gives a very thorough overview of the business as it existed four years ago.

This book also forced me to answer some questions about myself and where I want to work, as well as address some personal blind spots I've been ignoring. The chapters on crafting a CV weren't very insightful, but I'd like to think that's because I've just had so much practice writing resumes that there wasn't much they could tell me.

Other cultural accompaniments: the other books on my course reading list

Grade: A-

I leave you with this: "...experience and contacts (and guts or lifestyle requirements)..."

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