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What Does It Mean to Have a Job? In book two of the series “My Job: Real People at Work Around the World,” author Suzanne Skees profiles fifteen professionals from all corners of the globe, seeking to understand how our work shapes our lives.  The fascinating people that Skees meets work in all kinds of industries: health and recovery, education and finance, agribusiness a What Does It Mean to Have a Job? In book two of the series “My Job: Real People at Work Around the World,” author Suzanne Skees profiles fifteen professionals from all corners of the globe, seeking to understand how our work shapes our lives.  The fascinating people that Skees meets work in all kinds of industries: health and recovery, education and finance, agribusiness and processing, tourism and culture, and diplomacy and peace.  MY JOB explores the dignity, identity, economic viability, and inherent challenges of each occupation, asking such provoking questions as: How has the definition and notion of a job shifted in recent years? How does one land in a particular job, and what causes one to flourish or flounder in it? How does our job shape our sense of identity? ​As Skees explores how our experiences, interests, and views help determine the career we pursue and how the career, in turn, continues to shape our identity, readers just may discover that while the fields, countries, and cultures we work in are different, the intricate ways in which our work effects our lives are universal. 


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What Does It Mean to Have a Job? In book two of the series “My Job: Real People at Work Around the World,” author Suzanne Skees profiles fifteen professionals from all corners of the globe, seeking to understand how our work shapes our lives.  The fascinating people that Skees meets work in all kinds of industries: health and recovery, education and finance, agribusiness a What Does It Mean to Have a Job? In book two of the series “My Job: Real People at Work Around the World,” author Suzanne Skees profiles fifteen professionals from all corners of the globe, seeking to understand how our work shapes our lives.  The fascinating people that Skees meets work in all kinds of industries: health and recovery, education and finance, agribusiness and processing, tourism and culture, and diplomacy and peace.  MY JOB explores the dignity, identity, economic viability, and inherent challenges of each occupation, asking such provoking questions as: How has the definition and notion of a job shifted in recent years? How does one land in a particular job, and what causes one to flourish or flounder in it? How does our job shape our sense of identity? ​As Skees explores how our experiences, interests, and views help determine the career we pursue and how the career, in turn, continues to shape our identity, readers just may discover that while the fields, countries, and cultures we work in are different, the intricate ways in which our work effects our lives are universal. 

30 review for My Job: More People at Work Around the World

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This book is about so much more than jobs. The reader is treated to the life stories of 15 people and while we do learn about their jobs, more importantly, we get to hear about their lives that lead them to the jobs they currently hold and why they chose to pursue that line of work. Sometimes, a job is just a job; sometimes, a job is an extension of who we are. Thank you to Greenleaf Book Group and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cristie Underwood

    This was such an interesting book! I loved learning about how different cultures view their careers and how they balance the careers with their personal lives.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anjana

    Once in a while I like to add some non fiction in my reading list and this seemed an appropriate book to pick up. I felt like I would find it interesting because of what it offered, a look into the mindset of people doing their daily jobs and what drives them to do so.  It is as simple and straightforward as that. There is a brief introduction by the author before we are given a verbatim story in the words of the people themselves. This made it a little harder sometimes because english is not alw Once in a while I like to add some non fiction in my reading list and this seemed an appropriate book to pick up. I felt like I would find it interesting because of what it offered, a look into the mindset of people doing their daily jobs and what drives them to do so.  It is as simple and straightforward as that. There is a brief introduction by the author before we are given a verbatim story in the words of the people themselves. This made it a little harder sometimes because english is not always their first language some statements may not convey the emphasis that a video might have conveyed. This is the only reason that this was not a five-star read for me.Other than that, I did feel for them. I love the fact that the author targeted those people who come from adversity(for the most part) or something that helps sustain their current efforts to do a good job. I also really enjoyed getting to know more about jobs that I would have never known anything about otherwise.  If you read non-fiction to 'think' about something new, this book is definitely something to consider.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    A fascinating look at a wide variety of people an the work they do and the lives they lead. I highly recommend this book to all. It is well-written and introspective look at employment. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shradha

    As a young college student about to join the work force herself, Skees's book is both an extremely interesting and extremely terrifying read. The introduction sets up the purpose of the book; in a world where jobs are rapidly disappearing with the advent of technology, new solutions must be found to keep people employed/able to afford basic living materials. To raise awareness regarding this and other related causes, Skees interviews people from around the world about their job experiences, and As a young college student about to join the work force herself, Skees's book is both an extremely interesting and extremely terrifying read. The introduction sets up the purpose of the book; in a world where jobs are rapidly disappearing with the advent of technology, new solutions must be found to keep people employed/able to afford basic living materials. To raise awareness regarding this and other related causes, Skees interviews people from around the world about their job experiences, and how it relates to their daily life. The book reads a bit like an assigned narrative from a cultural anthropology textbook, which is not a bad thing if you happened to enjoy that class, like I did. That being said, this type of style means that Skees did not make much of an attempt to "smooth out" any language issues some of the interviewees had, which can make it difficult for some readers to understand. There were some chapters that I did have to read over again in parts because of this, and it was a bit of slow going. But I did find the experience valuable, if for no other reason than that the book introduced me to different professions and lifestyles, some I was already familiar with and others that I was not. A good book if you are looking to broaden your perception of the job market from the simple 9-5 American work week. Note: I received a Kindle copy of this book for free through the Goodreads Giveaway Program. Any thoughts or opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marina

    *I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway* I enjoyed this book more than I anticipated. This book tells various people's stories about their jobs; the reader also gets a glimpse into their lives, their families, their values, and what motivates them. I appreciate that the author chose stories from the entire world and not just one area. It gave a broad perspective. I would definitely read more from this author and recommend this as a great read for anyone who is interested in wha *I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway* I enjoyed this book more than I anticipated. This book tells various people's stories about their jobs; the reader also gets a glimpse into their lives, their families, their values, and what motivates them. I appreciate that the author chose stories from the entire world and not just one area. It gave a broad perspective. I would definitely read more from this author and recommend this as a great read for anyone who is interested in what life is like in other parts of the world.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    This book reminded me of my social studies books in elementary school. Each chapter introduced a new person who lived in a faraway place and had a life very different than my own. The chapters are told from the point of view of the person being described. I learned a lot about various populations and also about performing jobs that I was very unfamiliar about. This book can be put down and easily picked back up as each chapter can stand alone as the story of one person/job.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Interesting read Definitely enjoyed reading about the different people and jobs around the world. It is interesting to see what we have in common and what we don't. Also found it a small surprise that learning English made the big impact that it did considering that many of the jobs were not in an "international field", for example the young woman with the banking business. Will be interested in seeing more books like this.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This is a well-written and thoughtful look at employment and it sympathetically allows us to meet people from around the world and discover why and what it is that they do. What's significant here is that we become more aware that a person is so much more than his or her job: what drives us to the line of work we find ourselves in and how does that shape us/how do we shape that job? Thank you to Goodreads and the author for providing this copy for review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    A pretty good book. It gives the reader a very interesting, global perspective. It is nice to see how different people earn their living around the world, and the priviledge that I have as an American. I would have been more interested if this was on a topic that I was more passionate about. Unfortunately, I am not. I enjoyed it, but I did not love it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Did not finish. I won this in Kindle format on a giveaway. I read a bit, but didn't find it all that engaging. It was fine, just, after the first few stories I was pretty done with it... eventually loaded something else on my Kindle and forgot about it until I noticed it was still marked as "in progress" on my feed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    I really enjoyed the stories in the early chapters. I cannot pinpoint why I didn't enjoy the US based stories later in the book as much as I liked the early stories - maybe I'm just not in the right place in my head right now. NOTE: I won an ebook copy of this book through a goodreads giveaway.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melinda M

    My Job: More People at Work Around the World by Suzanne Skees looks at how work shapes people's lives. It looks at fifteen stories of people with different jobs. It is interesting. I received a copy thru a Goodreads Giveaway.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kyle McCreary

    Suzanne Skees presents a fascinating study of a dozen or so people from around the world and across economic and cultural spectrum, and how their careers shape their individual identities and lives.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Interesting read

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa of Hopewell

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Dora Okeyo

    This is a book that celebrates real people and work, it's a great read and makes for an awesome read on life, struggles and making memories. Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vanice

    I won this book in a Good Reads give away. Skees interviews people from all over the world in different cultures and economic circumstances. The interviews are eye-opening. These glimpses into other lives reveal how different yet how alike we are. We learn about the passions of a dance teacher, a farmer who leads because she has access to a cell phone, a consultant who works to bring about peace in the Middle East and a entrepreneur who takes waste tomatoes and makes sauce. The interviews are in I won this book in a Good Reads give away. Skees interviews people from all over the world in different cultures and economic circumstances. The interviews are eye-opening. These glimpses into other lives reveal how different yet how alike we are. We learn about the passions of a dance teacher, a farmer who leads because she has access to a cell phone, a consultant who works to bring about peace in the Middle East and a entrepreneur who takes waste tomatoes and makes sauce. The interviews are intimate and the stories are inspiring. Studs Terkel would approve.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Ewoldt

  21. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Cheresnick

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Duffy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Debee Sue

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mike He

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lourdes

  30. 5 out of 5

    Freelin

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