Fear­less and Free

How Smart Women Pivot and Re­launch Their Ca­reers

Foreword Reviews - - Spotlight Reviews Audiobooks - SARAH WHITE

Wendy Sachs, Naxos Au­dio Books B01MUI0Y6V, Au­dio­book $19.99 (7.25 hrs)

Wendy Sachs, whose back­ground in­cludes work in pol­i­tics, tele­vi­sion, and con­tent pro­duc­tion, of­fers women in­spi­ra­tion and solid ad­vice in Fear­less and Free: How Smart Women Pivot— and Re­launch Their Ca­reers.

Sachs ar­gues that men gen­er­ally find it eas­ier to nav­i­gate this chang­ing, di­verse job mar­ket than do women, who more of­ten strug­gle to ap­ply for, cre­ate, and thrive in new jobs with con­fi­dence. Her book moves be­yond these pit­falls, of­fer­ing ex­am­ples of no­table women, in­clud­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton and Jill Abram­son along­side lesser-known women, who changed ca­reers. Theirs are moves that fol­lowed plan­ning, or get­ting fired, or dis­ap­point­ment like lost elec­tions; Sachs de­tails how they started busi­nesses or were guided by serendip­ity to take on new roles.

These women’s sto­ries em­pha­size the im­por­tance of con­fi­dence, even if it’s an act at first. They en­cour­age will­ing­ness to re­frame skills, es­pe­cially those earned through vol­un­teer work, and fo­cus on the im­por­tance of con­sis­tent net­work­ing to de­velop a per­sonal brand. Sachs tells her lis­ten­ers to own their ex­pe­ri­ences, get com­fort­able with be­ing un­com­fort­able, and to feel the fear and do it any­way.

These sto­ries mean that the book is some­times light on prac­ti­cal ad­vice, though it in­cludes good tips for women who haven’t done any job hunt­ing in a while. The book seems to be tar­geted at women look­ing to re-en­ter the job mar­ket and at mid-ca­reer pro­fes­sion­als who want to change their ca­reer tra­jec­to­ries, though some younger women are pro­filed as well.

The disks are some­what hard to nav­i­gate with­out a ta­ble of con­tents, and they do not al­ways end where chap­ters end. Joyce Bean’s read­ing some­times sounds sharp, and some voices come out al­most as car­i­ca­tures.

These sto­ries of women who have suc­cess­fully al­tered their ca­reer cour­ses are up­lift­ing, and the pos­i­tive ad­vice they of­fer would be great to lis­ten to be­fore a job in­ter­view—or just as an en­cour­age­ment when con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer change.

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