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Why you should ditch ‘follow your passion’ careers advice, at the Financial Times

I was surprised–and very pleased–to be featured in the Financial Times. The excellent Emma Jacobs interviewed me and wrote this lovely piece about my book.

I was surprised–and very pleased–to be featured in the Financial Times. The excellent Emma Jacobs interviewed me and wrote this lovely piece about my book. She writes:

The book serves as a timely reminder of the importance of re-evaluating that relationship. “The global pandemic made the brutality of the workplace more visible,” the author tells me over the phone from Brooklyn, New York. Ms Jaffe, who is a freelance journalist specialising in work, points out that the past year of job losses, anxiety about redundancy, and excessive workloads has demonstrated to workers the truth: their job does not love them.  Work is under scrutiny. The economic fallout of the pandemic has made a great many people desperate for paid work, disillusioned with their jobs or burnt out — and sometimes all three. It has illuminated the stark differences between those who can work from the safety of their homes and those who cannot, including shop workers, carers and medical professionals, who have to put themselves in potentially hazardous situations, often for meagre pay. The idea of self-sacrifice, and that you should put your clients, your patients or your students before yourself, Ms Jaffe says, “gets laid on very thick [with] teachers or nurses”.

Read the whole thing at the FT

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