Picking up school leavers in their professional desires: What is your thing?

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Richard Nelson Bolles is one of the world's leading and most influential career and life planning professionals. The life work planning method developed by him is taught at various universities. It is simply about the career choice, probably one of the most important decisions that a person has to make in life.

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What is your thing?


First-class school grades do not tell much about later professional tendencies and competences. Nobody knows this better than the many school leavers, who are very hard with the question of the right training or the appropriate course of studies.

Anyone who has failed to orient themselves on the basis of job-related internships in the 10, 12 or 13 years of his schooldays will find the right tutoring in the book "Was ist Dein Ding?". And it will not only give the young readers a lot of important food for thought, but will also be fun to read thanks to the fresh approach and many interactive elements.

Unlock the parachute


The authors team Bolles, Christians and Blomquist collects the school leavers with the parachute. This metaphor is well chosen for two reasons. On the one hand, she suggests that the book is an adventure journey to your own needs, abilities and desires.

On the other hand, the parachute image specifies the goal: "land where you want to land". And best of all, gently. The very hands-on book written in the target-group-adequate "Du" -language helps to identify one's own interests and competences and to assign them to relevant job descriptions.

Dreamjobs for animal lovers?


It's a good thing that the authors do not break the creative brake here, but make it clear that the hobby "animals" opens up more possibilities than caretakers in the zoo or veterinarian.

Those who can then reduce their career goals to two or three professions should conduct expert interviews to check whether their own image is in fact consistent with everyday requirements in the job.

Social media for career orientation


This requires contacts and networks. This, too, is not a witchcraft, as the authors show. Who is active in Facebook, the first door has already opened.

The successful conclusion of the guide is provided by tips for the application phase, the interview and the entry into the new job. A whole round thing!



"What's Your Thing" is an instructive and entertaining workbook for school leavers. Those who not only read across but also get involved in the many exercises, learn more about themselves and their career prospects than in the entire school period before.

It is also wonderful to give away - for example, from parents who are worried about the disorientation of their own offspring.

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