Career Rookie by Sarah Vermunt | Book Review

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Pages: 168
Publication: ECW Press
Release date: April 2, 2019
How I got the copy: ECW Press
Rating: 3/5

The best part about this book is the fact that it mentions so many different examples of Sarah Vermunt’s clients who have switched their careers from one industry to another ranging from drastic change to only moving to another departments within a company. Another selling point of this book is that’s it’s not censored, which I find becoming more mainstream nowadays but still refreshing as this book is being targeted to a younger adult audience. The voice and language is relatable and straight to the point.

Before reading Career Rookie: A Get-It-Together Guide for Grads, Students and Career Newbies I didn’t know of Sarah Vermunt but had seen her previous book, Careergasm: Find Your Way to Feel-Good Work, around before. I have no idea how similar these two books are or if they overlap in any way.

For a guide, there were times when I wanted a section, even a little sections, to jot down answers to the activity the author was telling the reader to do, especially for millennial’s who are typically always busy or don’t know where to find a scrap piece of paper. Personally, if I were to pick up my phone to make my notes, I’d definitely find myself on Instagram for a bit until I found my way to actually making those notes. In Career Rookie the author mentions how at times to get her work done she needs to throw her phone in a drawer or somewhere she can’t hear or see it so, I was surprised there weren’t any space for notes.

The tone of the book is very enjoyable and straight to the point but I wouldn’t say there’s anything groundbreaking or never said before. It’s definitely a book to help readers get off their sulking butts and make the moves to where they want to be or a kick start to figuring out what they want for their career.

I loved that there are several examples of other people switching to their passion or dream job from their current position covering different ages and wealth but after a little while it does becomes a bit repetitive. It’s great to feel like you can also do something if someone else has already done it especially if that person has been in the same position or situation or is the same age. Even though I did find the examples a bit repetitive I think it’s important to include all of them because we’re all looking to relate to others as encouragement that we can also do it and that it not too late to switch our own careers. The author includes personal experiences on how she went from not knowing what to do after a journalism degree she did not want anymore to owning her own company.

Career Rookie covers the looming question of “I don’t know what to do” and try’s to helps figure out what it is you want to be doing. Inspiring the reader to go for what that is without sugar coating that following your dream job can be difficult and you might need to sacrifice some things in the meantime. Not giving up or changing your mind because of what other people will say, she also talks about student debt, interviewing tips, money, perseverance, and not comparing yourself to other people… because we all know how toxic that can be but we all can use that reminder too!


*A copy of this book was provided by ECW Press in exchange for an honest review*