So, after the past few book reviews focused on economics (for my own personal edification) and aid / poverty, I wanted to get back to the specific focus of this blog: international education. This week I tackled a book I’ve been wanting to read every since I spied the title on Amazon.com’s suggested titles—Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development. The book covers just about everything you would want to know about the sectors of IED—including internships, volunteering, NGOs, government bodies, etc. It also offers sage advice about following ones dreams and uses several tools to help the reader ferret out exactly what it is he or she wants to do in life. It definitely comes off as “preaching to the choir,” as I doubt billionaire CEOs are going to read the book and leave their cushy positions (John Wood of Microsoft being the exception, of course), but that’s okay. For anyone desiring inside information about various jobs, careers, and organizations in the IED world, this is a good book with tons of print and web resources that I myself found invaluable.
Section Two was definitely the most useful part of the book for someone—like myself—that is already seeking a career in International Education / Development: it is solely comprised of websites, organizations, job listings, and information that most will find helpful and straightforward. The first part (Section One) was more about finding a mentor, finding your purpose, and aspects of the career search in general. It had a few worthwhile points but was mostly common knowledge that I found “skip worthy” to get to Section Two. Overall, I enjoyed and got a lot out of the book.
Rating: 3 and ½ out of 5 stars.