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Cool Careers for Girls in Computers


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Ceel Pasternak is a noted editor who has created award-winning magazines covering workplace issues. Linda Thornburg is well-recognized for her writing on human resource and career topics for business audiences. Together they bring more than 30 years' expertise to this visionary effort to record the work experiences of today's women.


Gr 5-8-Beginning with a glossary of computer terms, this volume proceeds to introduce readers to 10 women of various ages and ethnic backgrounds who have been successful in the computer industry. The authors provide glimpses of the subjects' personal lives, their educational backgrounds, descriptions of the jobs they now hold, and how they got there. Each profile includes a photograph of the subject, her career path, a "Career Checklist" with attributes that potential candidates might need in order to be successful in that job, and salary ranges. The illustrations-faded black-and-white photos and small blue-and-white computer graphics-are of average quality. The text does not require a prior knowledge of computer terms or technology. While the biographical sketches are interesting, the information about the careers is very basic. However, this is a valuable resource for showing girls that careers in what they may think is a male-dominated industry are not only possible, but desirable. The authors give a clear message that jobs can be challenging and enjoyable but that preparation and hard work are necessary. To that end, they also include a section of suggested courses to take in school and a list of professional groups (with addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses).-Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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