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More Career Choices

Careers for People Who Like People
Shorto, Russell

Submitter: I had sent in an offender a few weeks ago. I now have two more from that same series. Both are also woefully out of date for career advice. As was before, both are still living [strong] at my large local library. What is surprising is that both are early works by Russell Shorto. Yes, that Russ Shorto.

Holly: If you like people, you should work in a video store (see image below). If you like working at a place that won’t go out of business soon, you should do anything BUT work in a video store. (Sorry, video store owners. Just sayin’.) At least immigration lawyers (below) have a chance at longevity. The salaries quoted may have changed over the last 22 years, but it is a good job for foreign language experts.


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6 Responses to More Career Choices

  • This is still listed with his other books on Amazon.com. It’s a used book, of course – available in library binding from 1¢/used to $15.89/new, S/H not included.
    Careers For The Curious (Choices) by Russell Shorto (Oct 1, 1992) in library binding is apparently a bit more rare new – it’s $2,432.64/new and 31¢/used….

  • So this goes alongside http://awfullibrarybooks.net/careers-for-artistic-types/ ? Well…. Looking again, the format seems to be basically interviews about people’s jobs, “as told to Russell Shorto”. That may be valid even when the specific role doesn’t exist any more. Indeed, the video shop guy expects his business to be wiped out in a decade or two by “broadcasting” – well, we got video on the Internet, although DVD… now, does DVD still exist, or did it go away while I wasn’t looking?

    On the other hand, the category of “People Who Like People” in looking for a career is even odder. What about the “artistic types”, who get their own book? Do they not like people? And what should they say if that comes up at the job interview? Well – I suppose the stereotype typical artist is often misanthropic. And the fashion designer, too, doesn’t appear to have the welfare of human beings in mind in their work.

  • Owning a video shop was an excellent business choice in 1992, when I was 14. I had a Saturday job in one when I was 17 in 1995 , and I think the owners make quite a nice living.
    I’m 36 now. Throw the book away!

  • Funny thing is, I JUST weeded the book about Foreign Language expertise from my K-5 library a few months ago. It is very outdated.

  • If anyone submits a book of careers for people who don’t like people, please send it my way…

    • I was about to say the same thing! Though I think I may have found a pretty good one in Medical Billing & Coding—if I can get past the chicken-and-egg trap regarding experience as a new graduate…