Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Writing a book about the World of Work Program

Today, we met with the program managers to assess our performances in the program, our writing which included the blog and one assignment as well as our 15 minutes presentation. Jean, Sue and Lesley gave us the hard truth with much courtesy and respect. We were able to benefit tremendously from their constructive criticism. After that, I spoke with Susan Mwangi and we said it would be great to put the content of the program into a book titled '10 steps to a fullfilling job' or something to that efffect. We could write about the individuals in the program, their experiences, South African society, the labour market, how to perform well, how to do CVs, ubuntu, HIV/AIDS and other political and socio-economic issues, and so on. And most importantly, how we all landed in great and fullfilling jobs. I am confident it would easily rise to the top ten on the local business and self-help book market. I am just concerned that the University would give us a hard time with the copy right....or at least they would want to have their share of the royalties!

7 comments:

Lesley said...

We think the book will fill a gap for students who are entering the job market. Jean will write the foreword. (she says, with pleasure). I will help with the editing. It can be a joint effort!
Best, Lesley and Jean

Lesley said...

We think the book will fill a gap for students who are entering the job market. Jean will write the foreword. (she says, with pleasure). I will help with the editing. It can be a joint effort!
Best, Lesley and Jean

Susan Arthur said...

What a great idea! I'm game for the project!

Valentin said...

Thomas, this is an amazing idea. I really support that.
At the moment, I still do not have an idea of how we can do that (write and publish the book), but I really like that idea.
When we meet, we should definitely talk about it. It would be also nice if we write this book once we are on intenships-so we can reveal the bridge between the training programme and the actual internship-the whole essence of this one-month training programme.
What do you think?

Thomas Blaser said...

I have pretty much a clear idea how this book would be written. Let's continue brainstorming and and see how we can take this project forward. I envision something high on value content, a true guide to the contemporary workplace in SA, its relation to the varsity, and really inspirational and motivational.

Adam N. Mukendi said...

Hi Thomas,
I am sharing your idea of writing a book. You shouldn't get discouraged by the fact that they will be pretendants to royalties. We can all give our support to you and Mwangi. Remember, your should fire your ideas and not cancel them without trying.
Ideas is money said Roy.
Take the lead...we can help.
See you

Ijeoma Uche-Okeke said...

Great idea Thomas! It would certainly benefit others coming behind. Particularly foreign students like ourselves. I would love to contribute as well. Well done to you and Susan for generating such a lovely idea.