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Career Ideas for Kids Who Like Computers

Career Ideas for Kids Who Like Computers

by Diane Lindsey Reeves, Peter Kent, Nancy Bond (Illustrator)

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Discusses computer-related occupations such as programmer, online researcher, and systems analyst, and describes how to prepare for them.


Discusses computer-related occupations such as programmer, online researcher, and systems analyst, and describes how to prepare for them.

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Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
What do children answer, today, when they are asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" This book offers fifteen options in the field of computer sciences and information technology. Seemingly written to support school research assignments, the authors have interviewed specialists from technicians to programmers to webmasters. Each separate biography explains how the person achieved their goals through education or a combination of work and experience. Happily, both men and women are equally represented as role models so girls, as well as boys, can place themselves as participants in the technological future. The authors suggest additional ways to learn more about each career through additional reading, personal interviews, library and on-line research, and professional shadowing experiences. The beginning of the book offers a What Color is Your Parachute approach to figuring out life goals that may seem premature for early adolescents, but this book certainly offers interesting alternati-ves to the "doctor, lawyer, nurse, and teacher" career choices of earlier generations. Illustrations are pen-and-ink drawings and snapshots of the sujects of each article. Beware, only, of how quickly computer information dates in a world of fast-changing technologies.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-9Reeves begins each well-organized book by asking readers to think about what they like to do and their goals, and to respond to questions to determine their interest areas. Through simple calculations, they can then deduce where their skills and interests intersect within these fields. The author follows these sections with an examination of some of the different opportunities available, providing a list of the skills needed for each job, a description of the position, and a profile of someone in the profession. Each job description is dotted with numerous Web sites, professional associations, and resources, and includes practical ways to learn more about the career. The technique of engaging students in a step-by-step manner makes these titles good how-tos for finding an appropriate occupation. Each volume concludes with a chapter that offers additional suggestions, activities, and a list of further reading for positions that dont require a college education. The authors tone is chatty and informal but its occasionally condescending in Sports. The books are illustrated with black-and-white drawings and photographs of average quality and feature a diverse group of individuals. Students will find these books informative, fun, and a comfortable and interactive way to approach career exploration.Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreeboro Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A helpful entry in the Career Ideas for Kids series, this will aid students in narrowing their choices among the many computer-related professions, for research or real life. Reeves (Career Ideas for Kids Who Like Art, p. 816) and Kent dispel the stereotypes (that jobs involving computers may be nerdy, demanding, or boring) and may entice readers who never considered the industry with some of the possibilities. Descriptions of standard computer jobs-e.g., systems analyst, computer programmer, technician-mingle with explanations of the fields of artificial intelligence, on-line research, and computer games. Interviews and suggestions for further reading, people to meet, and organizations to contact are included in a text liberally peppered with websites, making any job research a multimedia endeavor. There are plenty of students wondering how to put their mouse, joystick, and keyboard skills to work-this volume will help them begin to sort out and plan for their futures. (b&w illustrations, photos, index) (Nonfiction. 13-16) .

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Career Ideas for Kids Series
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.21(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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