The Episodic Career

“In this smart and savvy book, journalist Chideya surveys the ever-changing American workplace, showing how to forge the best and most fulfilling career path.”

— Review, Publisher’s Weekly.  PW image

Now Available Atria Books January 26, 2016

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You remember that defiant cry from childhood: “You’re not the boss of me!” Well, a question we should ask ourselves in adulthood is, who is the boss of me? Whether or not you work for yourself, a small company, or a huge corporation, we’re in an era of disruption and psychological self-employment. We all have to think about retraining ourselves in case our jobs or industries change radically, and advocate for our own long-term economic health. My political reporting during the Great Recession led me back to the topic of jobs again and again. I wanted to understand how Americans re-envisioned and rebuilt their work and financial lives during this era.

The great recession is technically over, but the period of intense disruption and creation in the world of jobs and careers will go on for the foreseeable future. The question is: how do you prepare, respond, evolve? In The Episodic Career I use in-depth storytelling and analysis to explore themes of personal resilience and how, no matter what kind of work we do, we can find new paths in a world of technological and economic change.

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Publisher’s notes:

How is work in America changing, and how can you navigate today’s volatile job market? Award-winning author, researcher, and analyst Farai Chideya offers a practical guide to finding your most rewarding place in today’s economy.

Since the Great Recession of 2007–2009, America’s work landscape has changed dramatically. Many people experienced long-term unemployment that eroded their savings. The globalized economy means that not just jobs but entire career tracks are created and destroyed in front of our eyes. We’re living in an age of rapid disruption. We can barely adjust to one new reality before a new new reality comes along.

So how are we supposed to live a rewarding life—working fulfilling, stable jobs pay the bills and for retirement—in such a chaotic economy?

In The Episodic Career, Farai Chideya explores the past, present, and future of employment in America. Profiling rich, poor, and people from every strata in between, Chideya seeks to understand the many kinds of work we do — for example, not just job fields, but whether we seek to achieve social change or build institutions while earning money. In addition, Chideya provides a self-diagnostic tool to help you find your work/life “sweet spot.”

You’ll see how different types of people have navigated their careers and forged their own paths, even in times of hardship. Emotional resilience is one of the most critical skills you can cultivate and learn, and dozens of in-depth stories will illustrate the ways hard decisions can ultimately lead to career growth. As a young black American reporters at Newsweek, CNN, and ABC, Chideya saw how race, gender, and even factors like Ivy League education affected perceptions of her and other employees; and in The Episodic Career takes a frank look at stereotypes and employment discrimination. Ultimately, she asks how we as a country can sustain the American Dream.

Knowledge of the workplace is power over your career. The Episodic Career provides the big-picture vision of the world economy, as well as the particulars of salary, family, health, and lifestyle that you need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Author Bio
Farai Chideya has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her twenty-five-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and a senior writer for the data, politics, and sports site She was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about race, politics, and culture. She was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Harvard University in 1990.