don’t get a job… make a job* – £12.95
it’s been a long time coming, but i finally have a review of this book! i’m sure by now many of you will have read this, but incase you’ve not, or you’re in a creative slump and looking for a burst of inspiration and motivation, then don’t get a job… make a job is a book you’re going to love.
don’t get a job… make a job, is split into several chapters and topics include: putting yourself out there, specialism vs diversity, reinventing yourself, creating positive change and much more.
the book is separated into case studies by various creatives in fields such as design, architecture, fashion, publishing, and art. peppered with bits of advice, and strewn with things that will make you think. some of it may seem obvious, some may have never crossed your mind. either way, sometimes you just really need to actually read these words and take them in. constantly throughout the book i found myself saying ‘yes, this!’ and ‘totally‘ (and other such things).
personally i’ve never been one for sticking to convention and i really love when other people encourage others to be brave, to be innovative and to go with their instincts, regardless of what others may or may not say. whatever route you decide to take, a lot of hard work and determination is required and this book will be something you’ll want to keep close to hand to keep you going.
the people in this book have been through these things, and are here to tell you how they made their way through them. insight into an industry is a powerful thing and this feels like you’re getting in and learning from insiders yourself.
you definitely don’t have to be a graduate (or a student, former or not) to relate to don’t get a job… make a job, and i firmly believe that creatives of all kind should at the very least have a skim through it. i also firmly believe you should challenge yourself and others, and this book will also help you towards that. it’s like the mentor you always wanted, all in a little yellow book. it will make you feel so inspired and want to get creating and get yourself out there into the world.