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The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  236 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
You don't have to stifle your creative impulses to pay the bills. For anyone who's ever been told, "Don't quit your day job," career counselor Carol Eikleberry is here to say, "Pursue your dreams!" Now in its third edition, her inspiring guide provides knowledgeable career guidance, real-life success stories, and eye-opening self-evaluation tools to help artistic individua ...more
Paperback, 229 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Ten Speed Press (first published October 1995)
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Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What is your present paradigm of work? Is there any chance you see it as a duty in life, or as it ‘should’ be, rather than as all it can be? Don’t settle for so little! This is a book which can shift your thinking, and broaden your horizons significantly, revealing the gift of your own creativity within a personal reinvention.

This is the 3rd edition released since Carol Eickleberry initially published her career guide in 2007, and her website has been designed as a more detailed reference compan
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting review of what is "art creative" and what is "art appreciative". I have meet alot of the latter and have never been able to put my finger on the difference and thanks to this book I now can. To me that was the most valuable part of the book. I thought the salaries wildly out of sync for my general area, I guess they are national norms; some were very old circa 2004 and others 2009. Overall, I liked the book and enjoyed it. It's fast reading as virtually half of it are the "jobs".
Apr 07, 2008 rated it liked it
This book does a good job of helping you see that you are not alone in your unhappiness with your work and also helps you focus on areas that might be better suited to you by the Holland method, which groups you into different catergories (for instance I am an ASI - artistic, social, investigative type) and then lists hundreds of jobs with their Holland types as well. It's a good jumping of point to help guide you along your way as you search for a career feild that will best suit you.
Vicki Zelski
Feb 22, 2008 rated it liked it
All I've discovered so far is that I'm not really that unconventional. Creative, yes, but mostly conventional with some unconventional moments!!
Had some good ideas about how to incorporate your creative side with a regular job and gave many job descriptions that I wouldn't have thought of.
Food for thought.
Elizabeth Lund
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Certainly not bad, but not what I was looking for. I guess I was looking not so much for "creative things that some people make into careers" as "jobs I might find listings for that could be a good fit for a creative person." I already know what my passions are; what I need is help in finding "day jobs" that might be a good fit for my personality while I pursue my passions on the side.
Nov 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: career-seeking creative people
Hands down, the very best book for people whose Holland score begins with an A. I've read a lot of career-hunting tomes and this one was the first that made me feel like a normal, fully functioning human being. It's one I'd like to own because I keep wanting to refer back to it.
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cater for state reader, and unconventional people who are may dealing with frustration in mid life with talent untapped due to whatever reason. I find it good read, i am among those People who is unsure if they just want to escape from cubicle life, or their have unfound destiny to be hero of their adventures. Half of the book is coaching cum caunselling, the other half is detail list of creative job with brief on job scope n salary. Trust the progress, start something
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As this middle-aged reviewer has been online since his early teens, in some ways using a physical book as a career guide seems, in 2015, to be a little quaint. Despite being an avid platform-neutral reader, does a book like this need to be printed out? It is, after all, a practical career guide for creatively inclined job seekers of all ages.

Yet it seems that even the new-found convention may be unconventional! The younger people may call it “retro” and thus it can be super-plus-cool. For us old
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-reads
Disappointing. Seemed dated even though updated in 2006. I feel this guide is better suited for a person unsure whether they are "unconventional" and "creative", than for pretty well established unconventionals. Maybe for career shifters, than for people starting out in the work world. A lot of psychology fills the front of the book. Either way, I feel it lacks an author who is unconventional and therefor can sympathize. There are suggestions about becominga circus ringleader- a job I believe on ...more
Madison Kourajian
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was a very different read to what I'm used too. It was my first in the self-help genre, I'm usually a fiction fiend. In the middle of a quarter-life career crisis I picked it up from a local bookshop (the fourth edition) and this was my first connection with my creative subconscious. Reading this book, I related much to how Carol described the creative mind's struggles in life to pursue their entrepreneurial goals. Amid reading the last three chapters I actually did begin to chase afte ...more
Sam Ranabhat
This book turned out to be phenomenally unremarkable. The author had a few pieces of actual good advice here and there, but the most useful thing about this book was the 270~ odd careers with descriptions listed in the back of the book; to have various options laid out, most of which I didn't know existed, proved helpful. The beginning of the book takes a lot of time to say the same things over and over in slightly different ways, and when it's not doing that it's telling the reader how much of ...more
Paul Sidwell
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2010
This book accomplishes what it sets out to- helping the creative thinkers and unconventional workers out there to find a type of work that they are properly suited for. Carol Eikleberry does a great job of helping readers decide what type of work-personality they have and how they can fit that with their actual dreams. She does this while incorporating traditional research and counseling methods into the mix, further establishing her credibility and authority on the subject. Highly recommended f ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really felt that she might give more career advice that wasn't as popular. I felt like the advice she gave us was normal and nothing extraordinary about it. I felt she had some good points. But I also read this knowing what career choice I have in mind instead of going into the book without a clue of what I want to do with myself. Also I had taken a lifespan class that had already discussed Holland's personality theory which was a majority of the first part of the book. However, I have confirm ...more
Sep 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if this book really works or not because by the time I finished it (skimming), I'd already overcome the freak-out session that propelled me to buy the book in the first place. It was good enough for what I needed, I suppose, giving me a quiz or two, a wise word or two, and wide variety of careers to look at (and websites to go to for further career information). Not amazing, life-changing stuff, but a nice little book to calm you down and give you some options.

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Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me, I was a little disappointed. Its a good book and some nice points and exercises but not earth shattering and to be honest although it was good a clearly defining how different people are obviously cut out for different sectors I found it a little old fashioned. Some good exercises in it. Maybe I would get someone younger and starting out on their career feeling a little confused to read this.
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book mostly to help me understand what the future might hold for my younger daughter, who is most definitely creative and unconventional. I found in this book the means to better understand her, explain some of her needs to her teachers now, and hope for the fascinating and challenging life that she will undoubtedly live.

I also found confirmation for myself that my I, too, am a creative and less conventional person and that I can explore that side of me.

Jenifer Thomas
Jun 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reference
Disappointing guide, which offered me not enough helpful insight to deem this book with more than one star. It was a dull read that began by assuring whether the reader was unconventional or creative, seeming to target uncertain individual rather than an individual who acknowledge these traits within themselves. Additionally some of the careers mentioned at the end of the book seemed like unrealistic career goals, or careers that seemed difficult to make a living off of.
Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As one of those who would be considered "creative and unconventional", I found this book not very helpful to the teen audience. Lots of self-assessment questions, but not much that make limiting the process easier. the book was kind, emphasized freelance work and good health.
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Non fiction for helping to choose a satisfying career based on your personality strengths. Lists of career paths not on the usual job descriptions. Might help when changing jobs or for younger persons entering the workplace.
Oct 22, 2008 rated it liked it
I started reading it and realized I have read it before. I hate when that happens.
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book helped point me in 'a' direction... which eventually did lead me to a career I love! I am letting it go now but have a fondness for it.
May 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
I saw a lot of myself in this book. I also took the Holland test (wish I had taken it when I was 18). It provides several ways to create a list of occupations one would like to pursue.
Not terrible for artistic types, especially in a crisis, since it's as much counseling session as career guide.
Feb 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
just confirmed wha i already knew, that i'm a complete misfit. the cross i have to bear, ha ha!
I learned I am neither creative nor unconventional, but otherwise would be a good career exploration book for those types.
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