Food for thought and transition: Work is not a job {review}

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“Work is not a job” is an inspiring book for everyone who longs for a self-determined work and lifestyle. Who do not find themselves in rigid corporate structures and nine-to-five jobs, but instead want to implement their own ideas in a committed manner. Especially young academics who are about to set the course for their professional life or want to correct it will find valuable food for thought in “Work is not a job”.

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Oliver Ibelshäuser 85Oliver Ibelshäuser is a journalist and owner of the editorial office Text und Vision.


61 percent make service according to regulation

According to a study by the Gallup management consultancy from 2012, 24 percent of employees in Germany have “no connection” to their job. And "61 percent only do service according to regulations".

The book “Work is not a job” is dedicated to these “internally resigned”. In addition, all young professionals who are opposed to the idea of ​​a stringent career based on a conventional CV. Those who dream of a self-determined professional career - often with jumps or unforeseen branches. The main thing is inspiring and creative.

When the heart calls you, go

In the “Manifesto for a New Work” by Catharina Bruns, all of them will find important food for thought and motivation to make the dream of “work is not a job” a reality.

Because only "if work doesn't feel like work, then you can be sure to do the right thing." Regardless of whether you are currently stuck in your studies or the unpopular 9-to-5 job, Bruns stirs up the anticipation for the change and minimizes the fear of losing what is already there. “Because fear is a bad advisor, but a good teacher. If you avoid any situation that scares you, you won't be able to learn from it. ”

Talents and lust more important than study and experience

No matter what professional dreams you secretly indulge in: if you don't try, you'll definitely miss your chance. Experience and training only play the second fiddle. Passion is at the forefront: “In many areas, self-taught people can also achieve great results. If we are enthusiastic about something, we are usually good at it. ”

If you have an idea, put the finishing touches to your businessConcept ABC School Joke Oud but still looking, you will find numerous good contact points on the web - from idea communities such as the so-called “works spaces” to international funding programs that can also step in as a sponsor. Bruns reveals the best addresses in her book.

No to nonsensical career pictures

Conclusion: “No to career pictures that actually seem absurd or strange to us. As a self-determined person, you always have the option to say yes or no. ”

The key message of “Work is not a job” is passionately presented by Catharina Bruns. An inspiring book for young academics who are just setting the course for their career path or want to correct it.

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