Book review: "30 Careers Before 30" by Daniel Lakstins

Posted on January 17, 2009

While I do not consider myself an expert in many things, one thing I feel a bit knowledgeable about is the genre of business-related books. I haven't read all 540,495,317 books in this field, nor do I plan to do so, because most are written by authors who think that because a company made billions of dollars by having its employees wear Hawaiian shirts on Fridays, the CEO of said company is a genius.

Daniel Lakstins is not one of those authors. In fact, his book "30 Careers Before 30: Finding Your Dream Job Faster Than I Did" is quite the opposite. Lakstins gives actual information that will help real people find worthwhile jobs by choosing appropriate career paths. The information in his book is not necessarily unique, but the presentation is. He gives clear examples of how an individual should determine his or her ultimate goal in employment.

Do you switch jobs every other day, looking for your perfect fit? Do you have problems at your current job, but you're not sure how to get out? Do you eventually want to start your own business, but are unsure where to start? Lakstins has answers to all of these questions, but he doesn't bore the reader with drawn-out explanations. His real-life examples are concise, and his advice in nearly every situation is spot on.

If you are easily bored with self-help career/business books, but you are still looking for answers regarding a career path, this might be one to check out. It's a fast read, primarily because there's not a lot of fluff. My only suggestion about "30 Careers" would be including some research from other business-related material. Then again, if the other material is ridiculously watered down, maybe leaving it out is the best recipe for success.