Discover a WorkStory

On your quest for career information, have you ever thought to ask someone in your life to share their “work story” with you?

I’m sure you’ve heard the work stories of people close to you, like your parents and siblings. But this is an awfully limited sample upon which to base a career decision. I’m sure you’ll agree that it could be beneficial to hear more work stories.

The concept of the “Work Story” is is the premise behind an innovative website that showcases stories, much like information interviews, from a number of individuals in different jobs and fields. The individuals featured on the site have taken the time to share their stories about their education and career paths, how they broke into the field, and what it takes to succeed from their point of view.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I can’t say enough about the importance of requesting information interviews and job shadowing if you are serious about learning about a particular job. With the pervasiveness of Twitter and other social media and sharing sites, current career seekers have a world of resources at their fingertips, including virtual forms of job information.

Workstory is one of those sources of important job information.

I’ve highlighted a recent WorkStory (above) to feature as this week’s Virtual Information Interview: Journalist.

Even if this isn’t your anticipated path, it may only take you a couple of minutes of researching the WorkStory archives to find yours. I can guarantee that you will become distracted by other interesting jobs while you’re browsing!

p.s. if you’ve got your own WorkStory feel free to share it!

Continuing the discussion…

Last week’s post is a pretty hot topic due in part to the recent publication of Cal Newport’s book So Good They Can’t Ignore You. Aside from the publicity around the book, the advice shared in this book seems to be resonating with people because it makes sense, it’s proactive, and it’s just an interesting topic that affects a lot of us. I found another article written about it and wanted to share.

In full disclosure, I haven’t read the book yet, but I plan to!

Enjoy and Happy Halloween! (conveniently, the book cover is orange and black!)