Why This Book?
Tamara S. Raymond graduated from high school long ago, but her memories of that exciting, yet angst-filled time are still clear. Relatives urged her to major in subjects that would lead to exceptionally high-paying and prestigious careers. She wasn’t interested in their suggestions.
Tamara had always been fascinated by how people tick. Growing up, time and again she had seen her mom helping people in need, whether in the form of giving advice, money, or support. Helping others was in the air Tamara breathed and had become part of her.
Thankfully, her mom supported her ambitions, and Tamara majored in psychology. But she learned that selecting a college major was only part of figuring out who she wanted to be—and what she wanted to do—in the world of work.
Many years later and after founding Innovative Management Consulting, a firm that helps individuals reach their full professional potential, Tamara reflected on the rocky path she had traveled to find her work identity. Achieving success had not been easy. She had been unemployed, underemployed, and employed.
Helping Teens Avoid Career Traps
As she contemplated her own uneasy career journey, she knew she wanted to help teens avoid the career traps she’d fallen into. This was outside the scope of her firm, which has focused on clients already in the work arena. But the challenge excited her, so she wrote a book for young people. The result is Careering: The Pocket Guide to Exploring Your Future Career. It will be available in stores and on Amazon and other online booksellers in Fall 2017.
“I’m good at seeing the big picture, and yet am highly detailed, which helps me highlight areas that others might not see,” Tamara says. “This helps me come up with new approaches or innovations to solve problems. That’s what I seek to do with Careering. I want to pave the way for those who will, so they can do.”
Her advice begins at one of the most important points of a student’s career journey: the beginning, when they are still determining what they are good at and are genuinely interested in. She urges students to consider what impact they’d like to make on the world and to identify their interests by taking advantage of multiple career exploration avenues that she details. She also shows them that they can put together a resume and references even if they’ve never had a “real” job.
Inside the Book
The book’s chapters are laid out in steps that investigate how and where to explore career options, how to network effectively while in high school, how to apply for jobs, how to develop interviewing skills, and how to conduct yourself once you’ve landed a job. It also provides tips on how to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities and how to use social media so it doesn’t come back to haunt you while you’re searching for a job.
Throughout the steps, Tamara asks students to answer questions or write down their plans on blank lines in the book. She encourages them to identify their interests and look for specific activities that complement those interests. She urges students to research opportunities online and through their networks and to consider the length of the programs and their costs. Plus the book covers so much more.
Still, Careering is a little under 100 pages. Considering the craziness of high school—from studying for standardized tests, taking classes, doing homework, performing after-school jobs and extracurricular activities, and applying for college—the pocket guide is a perfect size.
What Tamara says about Careering: The Pocket Guide to Exploring Your Future Career
“I wanted this book to be accessible to all students, and I hope I’ve achieved that,” she says. “I am passionate about reaching as many students as I can, because I remember my high school years and all the kids, including me, who really needed help figuring out the next steps. I want to make a difference for young people in their search because of my own experiences as a younger person trying to fit into a role and struggling to discover what I really wanted to do.”
She continues, “I want to develop leaders. They come at different ages and different stages of life. I hope Careering makes more students realize their full potential much sooner than later.”