Earn What You're Worth: A Wildly Sophisticated Approach to Investing in Your Career — and Yourself


192 pages
Contains Index
ISBN 0-14-305065-6
DDC 650.1'2'082




Reviewed by Louise Karch

Louise Karch is a career consultant with Carswell Partners in London, Ontario.


The author’s goal is to make career development for young women fresh,
edgy, and sexy. She employs a conversational tone and funky fonts,
offers questions for self-reflection, and closes each chapter with
interviews from successful young women whom she calls “wildly
successful icons.”

Williams wants to help women understand their relationship to money,
identify their worth, figure out what they want, and learn how to
negotiate and how to differentiate between debt and investment. These
are ambitious goals, but Williams has an amazing background to draw
upon. She is the founder of a media company, a professional speaker, and
a television producer.

So what’s the problem? This Sex in the City–style book lacks
substance. For example, Williams describes “angel investors,” but
doesn’t take you far enough into her experience or provide
step-by-step advice to help the reader know how to use this business
start-up strategy. Elsewhere she describes being asked by an audience
member for career advice. The woman has just seen a movie in which
Jennifer Lopez plays a wedding planner and now wonders if that is the
career for her. Williams advises her not to make a career decision based
on a movie, but offers nothing beyond that rather obvious suggestion.

Earn What You’re Worth is pleasingly upbeat, but the advice it
provides is vague and limited.


Williams, Nicole., “Earn What You're Worth: A Wildly Sophisticated Approach to Investing in Your Career — and Yourself,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 23, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/17147.