Becoming Generation Flux is not a self-help book, so if you are looking for a job, this is not the tool for you. Instead, Miles Anthony Smith reviews how the concept of retirement and life-long employment has changed over the years. Gone are the days when a person took a job and stayed with it for his or her entire lifetime. Instead, the job market has changed due to recession and global trade. Smith cites lots of research and quotes from notable business people to prove his point. The book is littered with graphics from various resources. Most of the graphics are blurry and difficult to read due to poor print quality or just being too small. Smith then explores how college tuition has become quite unaffordable for most Americans. Part three of the book finally addresses what the title of the book promises – generation flux.
“We don’t deserve our job. I don’t intend to offend anybody, but the truth is that most of us don’t deserve the jobs we have.”
Smith makes several generalizations in the book and some will find some of his commentary offensive; Smith even makes a jab at the nonprofit worker. He challenges the readers to end consumerism and then outlines the four phases of a career. Overall, Smith seems to have written a book ranting about his own frustrations. This reviewer would have liked to see less babble and more actionable tips on what job seekers can do. Change is ultimately inherent, so why not incite the reader to take charge, rather than lament what they have lost?
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