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Working 9-5

This category is all that career information, training, job hunting advice and all those posts that are about the working life. This also has business and legal advice.

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Design a career!

I can be an interior designer
Storm
1989

Today’s submitter found this at a large public library where he volunteers to help people long out of work. As a librarian himself, he is horrified at the materials available in the career section there. I can see why!

People interested in interior design are likely attracted to very visual things. This book alone is enough to turn them off from an otherwise promising career!

From the hair to the clothes to the rooms featured, this one can be sent back to the 80’s where it belongs.

This reminds me of the woman that did the interior design of a new library where Mary and I used to work. She wanted to feature our library in her portfolio, so she came to take pictures shortly after the library was open for business. She was absolutely horrified that the library was being used and that work was being done in her beautiful spaces. The sorting carts were ugly, the book drop was unseemly…pretty much all of our every day work had to be moved out of the camera eye so as not to sully the [somewhat impractical] design. It was quite beautiful, though. I’ll give her that.

-Holly

More Bad Decor:

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But who will do the cooking and cleaning?

The Two Career Couple
Hall
1979

Submitter: The opening prolog to this books states “Used-car dealers are shady. Librarians are quiet and a bit boring.” Thanks for the compliment and associating us with lemon dealers. This book would have been a great choice for a library when it was first published. That was 1979. 35 years later, it’s time to find something a little more up to date.

Holly: It kills me that they were worried about how they’ll keep the house clean and the potential for affairs as women started to work. It also kills me that some women feel a need to justify NOT working these days. What a change in attitudes!

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Keeping Hubby Happy

You’re Going to Make it After All

Working for the (Wo)man

How to Play Nice with Boys at Work

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Lady Jobs

Blue-Collar Jobs for Women: A Complete Guide to Getting skilled & Getting a High-Paying Job in the Trades
Lederer
1979

 

Submitter: My large local public library has reciprocal lending with a local community college library. Therefore we can borrow books from them. This book was part of the career section for their students. Both the local library and the community college library have copies of this book. A career book for women from 1979! The book is full agencies and departments to write to for more information on the listed careers. How many of them are still in their locations, never mind still existing, is unknown. I have worked in libraries for 18 years. This book is older than me. I think it’s time to withdraw and get something newer.

 

Holly: Totally. I am NOT climbing a telephone pole for $6.86 an hour, with the hope of someday reaching $8.34 an hour. Not. Happening.

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