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About the Book

What is a job?
Should you go to college?
What should you major in?
How can you build a career if you don’t go to college?
Why is today’s job market so different from the past?
Should you take out student loans?

Starting a career today is more difficult than it was even ten years ago. The economy has changed; we live in the New Normal. What has changed? How can you plan your future?

If you’re ambitious, then you and your parents should read this book. It won’t tell you what career to choose, but it will tell you how to succeed in the New Normal.

Here are some points the book makes:

  • Nobody can predict the future, but you know more about your own future than anybody else.
  • Save Money Now.
  • Be good at what you do.
  • Computers have a better memory than you do; Computers can do math better than you can.
  • Whatever can be automated eventually will be automated.
  • If you’re doing something hard and not succeeding, you can either try harder, or do something easier. Often, the best choice is to do something easier.

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Publication Info

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Plattekill Press (June 13, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 099633050X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996330503
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces


A must-read for high school seniors

via Amazon –”This book is filled with practical advice for young people just starting out. It offers real talk on how to approach the future, given the changes in the economic landscape that are often ignored, even by colleges. The authors address the new kinds of jobs that are available in a heavily technological era. I especially enjoyed the sections on how to build credibility outside of academics. This is a complex subject, but it’s laid out clearly. In fact, it’s so well written that even as a 38-year-old professional already into a couple different careers, I enjoyed reading it. All along, I was wishing I’d had a book like this to read when I was considering college. It’s not that I wasn’t exposed to this kind of responsible thinking, it’s that it wasn’t presented to me in the lively and realistic way that Jelski and George present it.”