Bonus points for putting a woman on the cover, but this book is too old to accurately describe the job of an architect. There are no computers shown, for one thing. It’s all heavily-shoulder-padded ladies and wide-tied gents hunched over rulers and drafting boards. The glasses on the woman in the picture below are pure-80s awesome. Kids come to my library on a regular basis for books for their career reports. I would be embarrassed to hand this to anyone.
Thankfully, I no longer have to. #weeded
Find a Career in Engineering
Long time site followers have probably heard over the years that both Holly and I are married to engineers. If you want to watch an engineer twitch, tell him/her about your average reference desk shift. Holly and I have a running gag about how long our super-smart, logical engineers would last on a reference desk. Answer: Not long.The frustration level would kill them.
I am also going guess that this book was hardly instrumental in inspiring either of them toward their chosen career. (For my husband and his contemporaries, I would bet it was Scotty from Star Trek.)
I will give this book some props for mentioning that women should be part of the engineering landscape as well. People of color are no where to be found.
Career books are also my hot button weeding problem. It’s a nice glimpse into the past, but shouldn’t be considered for young people looking for career advice.
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Submitter: This book was out of date by the 1970’s, never mind today. We have included some great photos of what It was like to teach in the 1960’s.
Holly: I was a teacher for a hot minute in the mid-1990s, and this was already 30 years out of date then. It’s a nice snapshot of social history, but unless that’s what your public library’s mission is, it’s not very useful for the patrons!