The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People

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You don't have to stifle your creative impulses to pay the bills. For anyone who's ever been told, "Don't quit your day job," career counselor Carol Eikleberry is here to say, "Pursue your dreams!" Now in its third edition, her inspiring guide provides knowledgeable career guidance, real-life success stories, and eye-opening self-evaluation tools to help artistic individuals figure out how to remain different, unconventional, and hard-to-categorize while finding work they love.

The revised third edition of the popular guide for offbeat individuals seeking work that suits their unique skills, talents, and passions. Updated throughout, including new inspiration and tips for keeping a creative job notebook. Descriptions of more than 270 creative jobs, from the mainstream (architect, Web designer) to the unexpected (crossword-puzzle maker, police sketch artist). Previous editions have sold more than 60,000 copies.Reviews“What a great manual for young rebels and older freethinkers who are plotting their next career move.”—Boston Globe

Product Details

  • Series: Career Guide For…
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 3 edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580088414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580088411
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces

Customer Reviews

The best career foundation book for the creative and unconventional.

2 people found this helpful.
 on April 2, 2014
By SchoolBoardLady
The best career foundation book for the creative and unconventional.

Uniquely geared towards creative folks

2 people found this helpful.
 on March 2, 2014
By Leccy Lucy
I’ve read my share of career planning books over the years at various phases of life, but being a right-brainer, have had my fill of dissatisfying traditional jobs. I like this book because it’s not just a list of creative jobs, but goes about helping you find a right fit for you in a creative way, by guiding you to creative a career notebook. It’s a process to bring forth what you should be doing working with your own unique way of thinking. The one drawback to this book is, while it lists something like 230 potential jobs, there are few if any ideas for small business ideas, or ways to market your skills directily to customers as a source of income. That might be another book.

When I came across that book I was delighted because many students I worked with fit into this …

 on January 20, 2015
By Virginia A. Mahoney
Before I retired I worked in a college as a teacher and career counselor. When I came across that book I was delighted because many students I worked with fit into this category. Some had given up on ever fitting into the world of work because they felt “different” and wanted to use their creative and artistic talents in unconventional ways. So I began using the book and it helped them find alternative paths. Recently when I saw there was a newer version, I ordered it. One for myself since I’m still interested in career counseling and also because I have a friend who really needs to read this. I can’t praise it any more than to say: Thank you Carol for writing this.

the right book for some of us

103 people found this helpful.
 on May 23, 2004
By Anne S. Headley
Before you buy this book, I think you should read all the reviews posted here. There is a wide range of opinion (Eikleberry would use the word divergent), and there is merit in all. If you are motivated to earn big money, you won’t find this book helpful. It doesn’t have nuts and bolts – could have used some hints on resumes and interview strategies for the creative folks who have changed jobs more frequently than others. It seems a little restrictive in its use of creativity – I believe we all are creative, only it looks different depending upon personalities and occupations.


 on July 22, 2013
By Mporter
Bought this for my hubby who was looking for some direction. He is extremely good at so many things, it was hard for him to focus on just one. This helped him learn what type of person he is and gave him some ideas as to what he would/could enjoy. Ultimately, it was an interesting read (he doesn’t really read anything other than magazines) for him. Didn’t really lead him into one career, but with the book and talking about it, he is heading in the right direction now. Influence from the book, from me, or both? I do not know.

Eikleberry has shown me I am not alone!

118 people found this helpful.
 on December 29, 2001
By CMArchibald
I bought this book for a friend, but I had no idea I needed it this much myself. Eikleberry’s book lays out a psychological profile of creative and unconventional people and shows us there are many more like ourselves out there. She maps out the skills and interests of creative people and shows you how they point to different career paths. There are even self-tests along the way to help you assess your skills-and the results may surprise you.

Career Guide is a must, and more . . .

3 people found this helpful.
 on May 18, 2011
By B.e. Kerian
Carol Eikleberry’s Career Guide is an extremely useful tool for those who are having trouble finding the right career, let alone figuring out where they belong in the work world and discerning/narrowing down what their interests are. This book is specifically written for those who are interested in creative aspects and desire to make a distinct difference in the world through said creativity and unconventionality. Highly recommended.

very Inspiring

 on December 3, 2015
By Joe Medlock
Intensely motivating, clear and helpful intent. Truly a guide for creative/artists which serves as a leading hand for finding an individuals’ unique path.

com and answer the questionnaire to determine which careers would be best suitable for you

 on January 18, 2015
By D. M. Trujillo
This is a very insightful and inspiring book. Be sure to check out her suggested link to o* and answer the questionnaire to determine which careers would be best suitable for you.

Okay but doesn’t change the ultimate truth

4 people found this helpful.
 on June 1, 2013
By A. Fegely
This book is okay – it goes through understanding who you are, what jobs there might be, how to look into jobs, and how to take some steps to get there. But ultimately it doesn’t change the truth that these type of jobs, unless you’re some kind of prodigy, either don’t exist for you to get or don’t pay nearly enough to live on. I’m rating it 4 stars for being pretty well put together, but as far as real usefulness, it’s a 1 or a 2.

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