Firestarters: 100 Job Profiles to Inspire Young Women

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Each of these one hundred-plus thumbnail career interviews subdivides into Job Description, A Day On the Job, Job Likes, Job Challenges, Steps to Current Job, Advice, Helpful Personality Traits, and Hobbies and Interests. The lists, abstract statements, an occasional Web site, and general advice that the divisions contain, however, fail to keep the reader's interest, adequately explain the profession, or provide "how-to" for finding another firestarter career. The women are the authors' relatives, friends, and acquaintances, mainly from the Carolina area. In contrast, Cool Women, Hot Jobs (Free Spirit, 2002/VOYA August 2002) gives an in-depth description of twenty jobs with individual bibliographies, has a wide geographical range, provides print and non-print sources for further investigation, and explains how a girl can pursue her own hot job through mental preparation, journaling, and goal setting. The three-page veterinarian profile here, for example, talks generally about loving science and animals, dealing with owners, and studying hard. But Cool Women, Hot Jobs spotlights Dr. Lucy Spelman, the Zoo Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park, who illustrates her passion for preserving endangered species with a story about Giant Pandas. This volume lacks a clear organizational plan such as clustering to emphasize overlaps of skills or requirements. The cover and title will draw girls to the book, but the text's generalities and the "here's another job" organization do not have the punch to hold them.
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Aiming to assist young women in choosing a career, the authors, who have backgrounds in advertising and marketing, here provide detailed descriptions of 100 fields based on interviews with professional women (one woman for each career) who provide firsthand information on the nitty-gritty of their work. The professions represent an inspiringly broad spectrum, including natural-light photographer, web strategist, museum conservator, opera singer, marine biologist, landscape architect, certified wedding consultant, veterinarian, and chief of police. Entries are arranged alphabetically by the first name of the woman covered, probably to promote a relaxed tone, but the information is precise yet personal and highly informative. Each woman's entry is divided into "Job Description," "A Day on the Job," "Job Likes," "Job Challenges," "Steps to Current Job," "Advice," "Helpful Personality Traits," and "Hobbies and Interests." Reading this absorbing book is the next best thing to having a personal discussion with each of the women. Firestarters belongs on the bookshelves of high school, public, and college libraries and in university career centers. Highly recommended.-Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593573102
  • Publisher: JIST Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Pages: 246
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

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    I think this would be a great book to share with readers in a Mother Daughter Book Club. The women profiled in Firestarters have dynamic jobs, and many have changed direction sometime during the course of their careers. They give candid assessments about what a day on the job is like, and they also talk about challenges they face. If your book club takes it on as a selection, each girl could choose three or four of the jobs profiled and talk about what interests her about the work. The book would also be a great entrée for moms to talk about their career pathways. Parents often don¿t share details about the beginning of their careers or the process they went through in deciding what to do after high school graduation. Firestarters is very accessible too. Each profile is organized the same, making it easy to pick up and read one or two profiles at a time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2007

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    I checked this book out at the library, but decided to come to B&N to buy it for my niece, and I have to disagree with the VOYA review. One of the things that the authors mention up front is that this book is a result of networking, and WOW they were able to nab some pretty interesting folks as a result ¿ a world-renowned opera singer, a costume designer from Sex in the City, a South-African blueberry farmer, a ballet choreologist (hadn¿t heard of this job before reading the book) based in London. I could go on and on with ¿exotic¿ jobs like these, but what makes the book great is the down-to-earth presentation of the women¿s stories. I feel like they¿re talking to the reader in a no-nonsense way, and as a parent I can say that young people appreciate that. They don¿t want to be told what¿s a ¿good¿ job versus a ¿bad¿ job. They want to figure it out for themselves, and this book is a great tool to help them do just that.

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