Gen Z Book Recommended by Kirkus/Publisher’s Weekly!

by | Jul 16, 2021 | MY JOB Gen Z, News and Media




This just in! The MY JOB book series is now three for three in positive reviews by the independent council of readers at Kirkus, a division of Publisher’s Weekly. 


An age-specific job manual featuring compelling stories and authoritative counsel.




Inspiration and advice for job-seeking members of Generation Z.


In the first two books of her My Job series, Skees, a baby boomer, traveled the world to interview people of varying ages who worked in a wide variety of careers.

In this entry, she follows a similar path, focusing on “Gen Z”—people born between 1995 and 2015—but she wisely collaborates with Yusuf, herself a Gen Zer. Together, they share stories about other Gen Zers from 22 countries and 31 states, and the text is consistently punchy and engaging.

A passionate preface by 19-year-old Yusuf, for instance, sets the tone and connects with the target audience (“We might be just scooping ice cream, bussing tables or babysitting. But we have aspirations, hopes, dreams and desires”), and the prologue by Skees cites generational statistics, offers an overview of career options, and speaks to Gen Z’s consumer power.

The book includes Covid-19 pandemic-related resources as well as a section on racial justice, because, as Skees notes, “Gen Z reports that the BLM [Black Lives Matter] movement is one of the most impactful events on their worldview.”

The foundational first chapter offers useful factoids about the title demographic as well as snippets of conversations with Gen Zers about how they view the workplace, adapt to changing technology, set career goals, and embrace entrepreneurialism.

Chapters 2 and 3, in which the authors profile scores of Gen Zers, comprise the heart of the book; the latter chapter draws on numerous other sources to highlight Gen Z “dream-job attainers.” It features some remarkable stories, including those of Kiowa Kavovit, a 7-year-old who appeared on the TV show Shark Tank and obtained a $100,000 investment for her eco-friendly adhesive bandage, and Malala Yousafzai, the famed 15-year-old educational activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize and wrote a bestselling book.

Chapter 4 is chock-full of job-search advice and resources tailored to Gen Zers, including helpful tips on internships, cover letters, resumes, interviewing, and more.

An age-specific job manual featuring compelling stories and authoritative counsel.

Read the original review, published on July 15, 2021, here.

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Suzanne Skees, author of the three-volume MY JOB series on real people in remarkable jobs, believes in the power of our jobs over our identity and wellbeing and, conversely, our ability to change our world with the work of our minds and hands. She lives by the Pacific Ocean and spends as much time as possible listening to the surf, and to silence.



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