Information Technology (Field Guides to Finding a New Career)




Author: Amanda Kirk
Type: eBook
Date Released: 2009
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 130
Isbn10 Code: 0816076251
Isbn13 Code: 9780816076253


From School Library Journal Grade 9 Up—Information Technology talks about the technical side of things—programmer, analyst, technician—while Internet focuses on the more creative jobs in the technology industry—animator, game designer, blogger. Both include self-assessment quizzes to help students identify, based on their strengths and weaknesses, which vocation would be a good fit. Each career entry includes personal accounts of people working in the field; helpful explanations of the career; mileposts to keep track of as readers move into their 20s, 30s, and beyond; and additional resources. On the whole, these are quality introductory handbooks for those seeking careers that require more specialized schooling. They include useful end chapters on how to impress employers and how to network, as well as basic résumé and interview tips. However, they are a bit dry; teens might be turned off by the outdated graphics and textbooklike feel. Purchase for libraries that have healthy career-development sections or where YA nonfiction shares a space with adult nonfiction.—Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, OR Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the edition. From With the jobless rate hovering around 10 percent, there are many people looking for work, and a large percentage of those a brand-new career. Ferguson Publishing has issued a 10-volume series called Field Guides to Finding a New Career, with each volume dedicated to a growing part of the U.S. economy. The volumes include Advertising, Sales, and Marketing; Arts and Entertainment; Education; Film and Television; Food and Culinary Arts; Health Care; Information Technology; Internet and Media; Nonprofits and Government; and Outdoor Careers. The four volumes examined for this review are Information Technology; Internet and Media; Nonprofits and Government; and Outdoor Careers. Each volume is organized like a typical field guide and even uses similar terminology. There are 10 or 11 chapters on individual careers, each containing sections such as “Career Compass” (which tells the job seeker what is needed in terms of skills); “Destination” (a brief overview of the occupation); “Essential Gear” (résumés, training, etc.); and “Organizing Your Expedition” (how to break into the career). One of the most important and unique sections for each career is “Landmarks,” which offers advice tailored to different age groups, from people in their twenties to those over sixty. “Notes from the Field” provides interviews with people already working in the career. A “Resources” section gives the reader three or four organizations and Web sites for further information. The Field Guides to Finding a New Career series is the perfect resource for anyone needing a good starting point for a career change, and the price is well within the budget of even a small public library. The only quibble is that there is no volume on green jobs. --Jerry Carbone --This text refers to the edition.

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