This book is a ‘must read’ for those thousands of wage earners stuck in a job that they don’t particularly like. Read it next time you wonder if the grass is really greener on the other side of the fence. For young people pressured to decide upon a career, go to college, and then fulfill some dream, John Fulford offers another path, this one traveled with an eye on the future while looking for the experience that sparked his deeper goals, even when they were unknown to him.
Woven into the pages of My 60-Job Resume is a great ode to the mid-twentieth century industrial world, much of which vanished when the information and digital revolutions superseded the old-line jobs. Fulford’s recollections serve as a pristine historical document by giving a human face to a generation that experienced some of the swiftest and most profound cultural changes of the 20th century, the repercussions of which are still reverberating today.
When he was fifteen, John Fulford walked out of school. He had never had one word of advice from his teachers or even from his parents. He had no skills and no idea what he wanted to do with his life. All he had was an eagerness to see the world and his insatiable curiosity.
For the next thirty years he stumbled into an amazing series of jobs ranging from clerical and factory work to ditch digging and dish washing to making movies in Rome. Among other jobs he was the advertising manager of a magazine, a geologist, a forest fire fighter, a surveyor, and even a taster in a chocolate factory.
He joined the RAF and was accidentally posted to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) where he spent his time hitchhiking around Africa. He immigrated to Canada and worked on the first computer in Montreal, then worked his way through college in Vancouver with a variety of fascinating jobs. Utterly broke, he took a year out and accepted a teaching job in a lonely one-room school in the far north of Canada and discovered that he loved teaching. After graduation he taught Business Law in Vancouver and English in Spain.
When he moved to California he married and took his bride on a honeymoon trip, backpacking from Los Angeles to Rio de Janeiro through all seventeen Latin American republics. Back in California he took a series of jobs and ended up as the manager of a run down motel.
After Fulford and his wife earned their Masters Degrees, the author found a teaching job that he loved and surprised himself by settling down in the same job and the same house for the next thirty years.
John Fulford writes with clarity, humor, and a sharp eye for detail. His curiosity about all things in life shines from every page and his willingness to accept almost every job offer makes this book a genuine ‘page turner’.
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