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17 July 2017
This is the book I wish someone had given me when I was swotting for some exam somewhere in my misguided youth.
Sonya Dutta Choudhury says this book will answer the most important question of the 20th century: What do you do? She goes on to show you 14 other things you could be doing. For a living, that is.
Born out of 7 years in her journalistic career, of interviewing people from CEOs in their twenties to bureaucrats in their sixties – comes a guide to getting a career and making it work. From computers to teaching, law to healthcare, entrepreneurship to entertainment, and others on the side of the fence where starry-eyed students believe the grass is greener. She buoys up her information with the kind of homework you’d need to do yourself, if only you could have a tete-a-tete with Amitabh Kant or Sanjeev Kapoor.
Career Rules is packed with information, every line of it. You often get the urge to circle something in red ink and put 3 exclamation marks after it.
Every career choice comes with fitting accessories: Examples of those who’ve cracked that particular stream and made it to a fairly high rung on the ladder, their education and their learnings (yes, these are different). The essential skills to make it in that field (In Digital Marketing, you’d need a willingness to learn and humility (intriguing) because things change every day). What they don’t tell you about a career (How, in Counselling, people burn out early – possibly because of the amount of negativity they deal with constantly. So do management consultants, for the very reason that makes this field shimmer – the jet-setting lifestyle and living out of a suitcase). Online resources – websites and twitter handles are attached. The bit which makes this book stand out from others in the field is a recommendation of movies and books you should see if you’re serious about the subject. Sonya’s choice here is interesting. A computer professional should, besides the genre bibles like Big Data, delve into Steig Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Career Rules ends with Career Hacks, street-smart tips on interviews and tests. And mentors – which, in a way, this heavy-weight little book really is.

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