Thriving At Work

What They Didn’t Teach You in School

Book reviews

Written by: Ellen Young


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Author, Michael Dam, does a good job of creating chapters that cover a wide range of topics and are organized in a way that is helpful—whether you binge the entire book all at once, or on a case-by-case basis. These chapters, which include specific examples and offers solutions at any stage of your career, are broken up to be read whenever different situations present themselves to you. 

Discussing a range of topics any recent college-grad or active job-hunter could use, i.e., negotiating, managing your career path, working effectively with managers, and even the basics like writing a stand-out resume and how to conduct a great interview. I found some of his material to be profound, while others seemed a bit repetitive, but we all have different backgrounds and skillsets, so all-in-all, I see this book as well-rounded and thoughtful. 

The easy-to-read, straightforward writing style makes career building feel accomplishable, and you begin to wonder why these topics aren’t talked about more or taught on college campuses. 

I found his “references” list at the end of the book to be full of titles for further reading, studying, and reflection. Thriving at Work makes the perfect gift for someone who is beginning their career search, recently graduated college or someone changing career paths at any level.  

If I could describe this book in one word, that word would be, “comprehensive.” •