HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Finding Your Seat at the Table: Creating Your Ideal Career
Author: Teboho Mofokeng
Publisher: Bowfica Pty. Ltd., 2020
Related website(s): http://www.tebohomofokent.co.za (author)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Category: Youth non-fiction
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Mofokeng, Teboho. Finding Your Seat at the Table: Creating Your Ideal Career (Published in 2020 by Bowfica Pty. Ltd.). This book is designed to give the reader all the ideas, plans, and pre-requisites for building a successful career in today’s era. It shares global trends on the future of work, the tools to create a career path, and how to execute it with the goal of giving a strategic advantage on how to communicate and lead in diverse cultures. The world of work is constantly changing, and there is not much that we can do about it. There are some careers which are becoming redundant with an oversupply of skills, while new careers are in demand for which there is a shortage of skills.
The author, Ms. Teboho Mofokeng, is a leadership and management speaker who is also a civil engineer. She stresses the pursuit of skills. But before that she points the need to be self-aware and define one’s Purpose, Value, and Mission (PVM). Then she focuses on the specific, valuable, and marketable skills that will separate one from the rest of the pack. The idea is not to climb the mountain of life-change all at once, but to establish S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals. There is a chapter on managing difficulties and setbacks in dealing with other people. Another chapter deals with communication skills and gives the key tools of negotiation.
The book is also an excellent read for basic on-the-job project management. And the author emphasizes the importance of finding happiness in work and staying happy even when things are not going as planned. Finding Your Seat at the Table is an inspiration-filled book that is tremendously valuable for anyone who is looking for not just a job, but a career that offers control, provides autonomy, and gives a sense of fulfillment. The subtitle reveals the main theme of the book, which is “Creating Your Ideal Career.” This book will give the step by step plan to achieve it. In short, the book is a guide to everything needed in the career spectrum of a person whether it be a corporate or an artist, professionals or non-professionals.