PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES - BA 2101, SECTION 011
FINAL ESSAY – 3/7/2013
INSTRUCTOR: Lindsay R. Teich
Major in Success
College students need more guidance in how to turn their talents, curiosity, and passions into successful careers. Most guidance offices and books on the subject will be inadequate for these purposes. The writing style is witty and engaging, and the examples are interesting and relevant. Repetition does occur in using the examples, but it's not too bad. While this book has some weaknesses in helping you select the direction you should go in, it is superb in helping you pursue your goals once they are set.
The early chapters of the book focused on creating awareness to the idea that being truly successfully results from choosing a job that sparks passion, risk, and excitement in life. Combs gave excellent advice in aiding students to find what they are truly passionate about. While reading the sections that included reader interaction, such as pulling out a pen and jotting down your passions or ranking values of the workplace, I found myself actively participating in these exercises solely based on my own curiosity and interest in becoming successful. I found the exercises to be very useful as it helped confirm my passions and possible options for my dream job. Throughout the book, Combs provided excellent transitions from one chapter to the next. Being so engaged by suggestions within the book, I was lured into reading the next chapter and reflect on aspects of my own life as Combs brings up the topic.
The book's main flaw is that it urges you to select a career direction based on your passions. That's good as far as it goes, but isn't sufficient. I remember my elder brother’s friend who was passionate about dating young women. He found out that this was easiest to do as an airline executive, and that's the career he chose. He had no inherent interest in the industry, and after he married, I could see how this career...