Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

The Back Door Guide to Short Term Job Adventures

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

The Back Door Guide to Short Term Job Adventures

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The Back Door Guide to Short Term Job Adventures, by Michael Landes. 2005. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press. 584 pages, Soft Cover, $21.95

Intended Audience: A, B, E, F, I

Major Headings from Table of Contents:

Opening the Back Door to Your Future; Beginning the Climb; Your Path; Finding Your Way; Adventure Jobs; Camps, Ranches, and Resort Jobs; Jobs in the Great Outdoors; A Walk in Nature; Sustainable Living and Farming Opportunities; Artistic and Learning Pursuits; Heartfelt Work; Transitions Abroad.

How is the book most useful for its intended audience?

The book is useful in at least two ways:

1. The first 48 pages are devoted to helping the reader identify "who" she/he is, key passions, motivating forces, pathways and more. It is a great foundation.

2. The next 536 pages are a vast listing of volunteer and paid short-term jobs, internships, etc., in some eight categories of work to ponder and choose from, including numerous opportunities abroad. Can be used independently of the first foundational guide by those who already know their path.

The top five things you learned from reading this book:

1. That there are many hundreds (1,000 listed here) of available opportunities to "try out" various kinds of work and settings.

2. It's much easier than I knew to review and assess these many themes, in one place and between two covers.

3. While the book is recommended as great for summer jobbers, college grads, and anyone wrestling with a stalled career, it's also a great tool for pre-retirees contemplating their post-retirement life.

4. Re-learned that taking action beats ruminating on it every time.

5. That I now have a great new resource for working with clients, talking about in career coach circles, and buying for good friends!

The Back Door Guide to Short-Term Job Adventures was first published in 1996 and this fourth edition appeared in April of 2005.1 never knew about this book - and in a way it's probably a good thing: had I known, I might have become a gypsy of short-term work adventures and never come home again! …

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