Who You Are Is What You Do: Making Choices About Life After School

Book Review

It’s been a while since I’ve had a guest on Vegemitevix but today we’re in for a treat. My very own Whovian Traveller daughter Hilary has reviewed Who you Are. Her review is below. I think she’s done a good job (Proud Mum alert), and I can attest that she was so excited by the book she even leant it to her friends at school. There’s no better recommendation for it than that.


So my mum walks into my room on the first day of the holidays with a book to read and review for this very blog. “Sure, Mum.” I say. Then I put the book down and forgot about it for two weeks. Hilly2

During that time I spent my days playing video games, watching Youtube videos and spending hour after hour on Facebook.

So naturally, with all my other homework, I would say to myself “Now, Self, you’ve actually have got to do stuff today.” To which I would respond by not moving until the need presented itself. I’m well meaning, I know and many people have told me so. I just suffer from chronic laziness and procrastination, which I must sort before going to UNIVERSITY where all the scary assignments live.

So here comes the last Friday of the school holidays. I slept in until 20 to 1(“well done Self.”) By which time my mum and my sister had come to investigate whether I was still alive (I’d like to add that that sleeping till past midday is not a thing I usually do. 11am is usually the cut off.) After having pizza for brunch, I set about the seemingly unpleasant task of doing my homework. After completing the not-that-bad-after-all homework and watching TV until midnight, I figured out I might have to actually go to bed at some point. It was this point when I found the book mum had given me 2 weeks ago. Who You Are Is What You Do: Making Choices About Life After School it was called. I shrugged and opened it. “I’ll read the intro” I told myself, “while the laptop is shutting down at the slowest rate known to man, I shall get a feel for this book, and I will finish it in the morning.”

I was jolted back to the real world by my brother shuffling down the corridor at an unearthly time (1am). It appeared that I had sat for an hour reading this book, and I was enjoying it, I really was. I continued reading it on the Saturday, completely absorbed by this wonderful, wonderful book.

"Everyone should read this book!!"

“Everyone should read this book!!”

Interwoven in these pages are real life real life stories about peoples careers, what they did and how they did it; questions about yourself that you really want to answer, leading up to the amalgamation of all the questions in a table which can and will help you find what you want to do; messages about your passions, your values, your priorities and your decisions and how they shape who you are and what you want to do; and most importantly (I’m not sure how they did it) motivation, pure motivation.

Not just motivation to do school work and get the grades you need, but the motivation to strengthen the skills you are bad at and make them stronger. After reading this book, I felt a strong urge to get better at organisation, to get better at managing time and to sort out my responsibilities.

Never have I felt more motivated to clean the garden, do the washing and keep and eye on it and never, never in my life have I felt motivated to do my homework (except by the need to hand it in and doing it at the 11th hour).

Now I want to do my homework, study, do the best I can in my assignments and exams. Not only that but continue doing housework to strengthen life skills I need for my bright future.

I recommend every struggling student; every school leaver with no knowledge on what to do; every down on their luck, lost soul should pick up this book and read it. If you are not yet near leaving age just yet, but still have a bearing on life, read it. If you are sitting at a dead end job, read it. If you want a change of career, read it. It is most perfect for those in their last year of secondary school or school leavers to read it and own it. But it’s messages and exercises make it perfect for anyone wanting to find their way, career wise. Enjoy the book and best of luck

Read More: Who You Are is What You Do, Heather McAllister Beatnik Publishing http://www.beatnikpublishing.com/item_who-you-are-is-what-you-do_11338


'Who You Are Is What You Do: Making Choices About Life After School' has 5 comments

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  2. June 9, 2014 @ 10:29 am Wellington Chic

    Excellent review Hilary, the book sounds really very interesting. Just googling it now for my teen daughter.

    May even read it myself!

    Here’s to your bright future ahead of you and all what may come 🙂


    • June 16, 2014 @ 8:43 am vegemitevix

      I think I need to read it also! It sounds like a very practical version of What Color is My Parachute. Actually, maybe I’ll get my Uni going Son to read it.


  3. June 9, 2014 @ 9:15 pm MidlifeSinglemum

    I’m still working on the what I do is who I am thing, and I’m 50! Good luck!


    • June 16, 2014 @ 8:42 am vegemitevix

      I know what you mean. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. 🙂


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