Undecided: How to Ditch the Endless Quest for Perfect and Find the Career-and Life-That's Right for You [NOOK Book]

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In a world of unprecedented opportunity—and pressure—women are struggling more than ever to make career decisions and move forward without second-guessing themselves. Young women graduate from college and believe they have to find the perfect path and then can’t decide which way to go. Undecided is an invaluable guide to this cultural phenomenon of “analysis paralysis.” Looking at both what the media and academic studies have reported on women, careers, and particularly the undecided phenomenon—as well as ...
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Undecided: How to Ditch the Endless Quest for Perfect and Find the Career-and Life-That's Right for You

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Overview


In a world of unprecedented opportunity—and pressure—women are struggling more than ever to make career decisions and move forward without second-guessing themselves. Young women graduate from college and believe they have to find the perfect path and then can’t decide which way to go. Undecided is an invaluable guide to this cultural phenomenon of “analysis paralysis.” Looking at both what the media and academic studies have reported on women, careers, and particularly the undecided phenomenon—as well as personal accounts from numerous women—mother and daughter Barbara and Shannon Kelley discuss how we got to this frustrating place, why it affects women in particular, and how today’s culture fuels our fears and distractions. The Kelleys cast a critical eye upon the psychology behind the pressure to choose, and they argue that if women are going to succeed in rising above the often-crippling demands of the modern world they need to take action . . . starting with a serious shift in perspective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580054027
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 398,965
  • File size: 405 KB

Meet the Author


Barbara Kelley is a journalist and journalism professor who has been a full-time freelance journalist and magazine writer since 1983, and has been a full-time professor of journalism at Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, California, since 1997. She is currently the Director of the Journalism Emphasis in the Communication Department there, and over the years has taught close to 1,000 undergraduates—the majority of them women. As a professor, she has won numerous accolades, and has stayed in touch with many of her students—which led to the initial premise of this book.

Barbara is a staunch feminist and the mother of two daughters—feminists as well—who struggle mightily with choice issues of their own. One of them, Shannon, is the co-author and impetus for this book. Barbara has been married to her college sweetheart for 38 years.

Shannon Kelley is a columnist and freelance writer based in Santa Barbara, California. After after earning her bachelor's degree in religious studies and anthropology in 1997 from the University of California at Santa Barbara, she moved to Los Angeles to work as an assistant in the advertising department of a trade publishing house. Soon enough, she was drawn back to Santa Barbara, during the peak of the tech boom years, by a PR job at a start-up that is, today, a successful, multi-national, public corporation. As a one-woman department for much of her tenure, she secured television and radio appearances, speaking engagements at industry trade shows, and placements in annual industry awards.

She left to assist a former boss launch the U.S. subsidiary of a European online publication, acting as writer, editor, and public relations manager. From there, she enrolled in the Brooks Institute of Photography, where she studied visual journalism. And then she was hired as an editorial assistant at the award-winning Santa Barbara Independent, where she worked her way up to Assistant Editor, and then Associate Editor, of the paper's "Living" section. In addition to planning, assigning, and editing, she was also in charge of all of the paper’s annual “Special Issues,” a frequent feature writer, and a regular columnist of two columns—one weekly and one monthly—which she maintains today, and which continue to be two of the most well-read items in the paper.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: Uncharted Territory 6

1 You Are Here 12

2 Oh, the Places You'll Go 28

3 The Road Not Traveled 45

4 Chasing the Mirage 59

5 Synapse Traffic Jam 76

6 Settling for the Detours 92

7 Conversations with the Road Warriors 109

8 The Rearview Mirror 126

9 You've Come a Long Way, Baby … Maybe 143

10 What a Long, Strange Trip It Is 164

11 Life in the Carpool Lane 185

12 Traveling the Revolutionary Road 205

13 Happiness, Rerouted 225

14 Wherever You Go, There You Are 244

Discussion Questions 264

Endnotes 266

Index 280

Acknowledgments 285

About the Authors 287

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

    This book really needed to be written.  Using real people as cas

    This book really needed to be written.  Using real people as cases in point, the authors provide reassuring and useful advice for any young woman who can't get started in life or can't find a direction that works for her.  Buy one for yourself and pass it on to a friend.

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