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For the dreams that never came true…

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It’s Your Future! Catalyst’s Career Guide for High School Girls
Catalyst Staff

Doing some quick math, I realized that 1984’s high school age girls are now in their mid forties.  Maybe this library hangs on to this career book in case some of us from the old days want to revisit the dreams that never came true.  A forward by Jane Pauley in 1984 is cool.  Today, however, not so sure!  I wonder how many teens know who she is?


16 Responses to For the dreams that never came true…

  • erm. I was born in 1979, and I have no idea who she is… however, I am about to look it up, so on the bright side someone is learning something from this book!

  • I thought I knew who Jane Pauley is, but now that I think about it, all I know is that she has twins named Ross and Rachel. I guess I’m out of the loop, though in my defense, I was born after this book was published.

    Anyway, I think it’s safe to say that career books need to be weeded after 25 years.

  • I graduated in 1980, and I’m 47, so for anyone graduating in 1984 — well, if you haven’t got it together by 50, the advice of teenage girls might not be the first place to go for career advice.

    A lot of these books are better served online these days.

  • wow this career guide will mention nothing of the Internet. That pretty cool

  • I remember her having a TV show…Real World or Real Life or something like that. But I don’t know very much about her. (I was born in ’81)

  • Jane Pauley? She must not have followed the advice in this book, because her career really went down the tubes compared to her peers, who were all breaking glass ceilings at the time. Even Barbara Walters is still working! Don’t just weed this book, shred it.

  • I graduated in 1984 and most of us are 43 this year. That makes us in our EARLY forties (41-42-43), the mid-forties are 44-45-46 and the late forties are 47-48-49. Yes, this is a very important distinction because I didn’t read the book so I don’t understand who I am so I couldn’t decide what I wanted to be. I only know that I don’t want to be in my MID-forties.
    Jane Pauley is noted for coming out with bi-polar disorder as well.

    • THANK YOU!!! As a 1984 grad, I too took offense and being chucked prematurely into the ‘mid-forties’ group!

      I wanted to be an architect. My guidance counselor urged me to go into engineering, as women engineers in the 80s were getting paid the big bucks (so she claimed.) After 2 years of pre-engineering, I burned out on math & science and switched to English lit. Guess I could’ve used this book as well!

  • Apparently I can’t differentiate addition and subtraction when I’m tired. So if you deleted both my comments, I’d be much obliged.

  • I don’t know who jane pauley is either… was she an snl cast member?

  • I was sitting here trying to remember what I wanted to do back in 1984. I was 9 years old and grew up on reruns cause my parents wouldn’t get cable. My big career dreams were being on Lawerence Welk or singing a duet with Sammy Davis Jr.

    Both of which are career dreams that’ll never come true. Along with riding alongside The Lone Ranger and Tonto – maybe a team up along the way with Zorro.

    And yes, this is one I agree needs to be weeded. It would only be good as a research tool for someone writing a script or book that takes place in the 80s.

  • Hi ALB. Have you seen your writeup in the British Newspaper, the Guardian. Way to go! We’ve known about you for ages (feeling smug), but now your fame has spread. Well done.

  • In 1984 my goal was to…umm…yeah I had no goals then. I wasn’t conceived until 85. This book would be interesting to read now for fun, but definitely no good for a library.

    I also have no idea who Jane Pauley might be.

  • Well I too was 9 in 1984 and I remember watching Jane Pauley on one of the major network morning shows. However, seeing as I really haven’t watched too much tv since, I had no idea that she was no longer a well known anchor. Also, as someone in the travel industry, I venture to guess that the 1984 info is still relevent in my field. Yes we have computers now but most agents I know tend to shun every system upgrade until it’s no longer supported.