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Career Rules – By Sonya Dutta Choudhury

I’m not a college graduate but I’m at a time in my life when there are some decisions that need to be made. I too wince every time someone asks me what I plan to do in my future. Not because I don’t know what I want, but because I’m not sure if I’m choosing the right path. Like many others, I’m confused and a little lost. At a time like this, a book like Career Rules by Sonya Dutta Chaudhary becomes a lifesaver. The purpose of this book is to help you decide which career you should go for and how to get there.

The book opens with a piece of wisdom given to us by our very own Dumbledore. Giving a piece of advice by the headmaster of a school for witchcraft and wizardry in a non-fiction book was a smart move by the author. Following that is the Introduction which gives us an insight as to what the book is about. It also gives us a background on the author and how she came up with the content of this book.

The book is divided into two sections. Section one tells us about the various jobs and career paths one can go for and section two gives us some career hacks.

There is a brilliant quote before the start of each chapter. The book gives us an insight on many major careers – computers, entertainment, law, teaching and much more. It tells us stories of people who are thriving in their fields. The stories are short and useful to get an idea of that particular career path. The interviews range from people you may have never heard of to big names in the country. The common thing is that all of them have success stories so far. The stories tell us what the person does as well as how their typical day looks like. Many of the interviewees are entrepreneurs. We get to learn practical tips and their secrets to success. After every interview, there is a list of the educational qualifications and work experience of that person. This was very useful as it gave me an idea of what degrees and courses one can pursue and what professions one can opt for after doing a particular degree. There are also attractive illustrations which just made the book more interesting. The chapters tell us what people look for in a field, why a person should build a career in that field, the skills one must acquire, how much one can earn from a profession, what are the pros and cons of choosing that career and what makes that job satisfying. It doesn’t sugarcoat anything. It tells you how stressful and hard a job can be and why you shouldn’t go for it. The book and movie recommendations and online resources related to each career were an additional bonus.

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After telling us about different careers, there is a chapter on how to change careers, and after that comes the section of career hacks. Towards the end of the book, we get to know a lot more about the author, the decisions she makes in her professional life and how she changed careers many times.

One of my most favorite parts was the chapter on entrepreneurship. The stories in the “teaching” section were very inspiring. I loved Amish Tripathi’s interview. There is also some advice for women in workplaces which was something very thoughtful to be included in the book.

The author writes in a friendly and conversational style which is fun to read and makes the facts and information in this book very easy to digest. The format is also excellent. There are different sections for different topics. The important things were written in points which were very helpful.

You can just read about the professions you are interested in but my suggestion is to read them all. The way the author has written the book doesn’t make them tiresome to read. Even if a certain profession doesn’t interest you, you will still find the stories enjoyable and enlightening. You might find something new you’d like to try and something you never thought you’d be interested it or you might even find your passion. Nothing is set in stone but this book really helped me decide which careers are for me and which are not.

This is a very smartly written book. It is an extremely informative book without being a textbook. It lays down everything in front of you and helps you to make the right choice. It doesn’t make me you discover your passion immediately but it brings you a step or two closer.

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I really enjoyed this book and I can honestly say I learned a lot from it. I realized that by just reading and researching more you can make better decisions for yourself. There is an abundance knowledge you can acquire these days from multiple resources. Even if you choose a career that isn’t perfect for you, it is not the end. You don’t have to stay unhappy with your job, you just have to decide where to go from there.

Reviewed by: Tavleen Kaur

A 17 year old book blogger from Delhi who spends her days reading, journaling, watching movies and TV shows and making her way through the art of writing.

Author(s): Sonya Dutta Choudhury
Publisher: Harper Collins India
Release: June 2017
Genre: Non Fiction/Corporate
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