Find Your Dream Job—or Invent it

When Laura Dodd started talking with her twentysomething peers about working, it didn't take long for her to see that people are passionate about the jobs they do and the jobs they'd like to do. What started as a few questions mushroomed into a viral discussion that is energizing and inspiring young professionals around the globe. Hundreds of interviews later, Dodd transforms the career horizon with Dig This Gig, a modern-day Working for millennials.





Smart, practical career advice...deeply relevant for any young person attempting to gain a toehold in a daunting job market.
— David Barstow, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times
A great job is the one that fires you us, engages your soul, and makes you feel alive. Read Dig This Gig and figure it out before you get started.
— John Bowe, author of Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs
Gets to the root of how people find their calling. Dig This Gig is not going to give you secrets to becoming rich, famous, and powerful. But it will tell you how to find or create a job that makes your life meaningful, and that’s even better
— Lilit Marcus, author of Save the Assistants
Quirky career counseling directed at the clueless 20-something.

Dodd abandoned her job as a PA on a hit TV show in Los Angeles and headed for the beaches of Sydney, Australia. There, in the dingy, shoebox-sized room she shared with two friends, she contemplated, along with every other young adult she knew, her dream gig and how to achieve it in the recession-era job market. With this book, the author provides a series of “over-a-beer” conversations that profile the actual career misadventures of 20-somethings active in the workforce, set against the backdrop of success stories of industry leaders like Jeffrey Sachs and Dan Rather. Each chapter targets a specific career field, from “Entertainment Gigs” to “Green Gigs.” Some of the accounts are decidedly more successful than others, as explored in “Derailed Gigs.” The author opens each section with a basic overview of the field and ends with a postscript that provides 20/20 hindsight. Among others, there’s advice from an urban planner, a yacht stewardess and a genetics counselor, who opines, “Nobody understands what a genetics counselor is.”

Perfectly suited for the well-traveled recent graduate of an Ivy League institution with a trust fund to fall back on, but not recommended for average young adults slinging coffee and dreaming of a gig they will dig.
— Kirkus