Book Review by Professor Abiodun Adegbile, Institute of Education, UI, Ibadan

It is quite a thing of joy to be privileged to write on this highly educative book written by somebody who is very much in the area of industrial relations. To be precise, the author had his master’s degree in Industrial and Labour Relations and has gotten a wealth of experience to the tune of more than seventeen years. This implies that the author must have been interacting with different ideas in the area of industrial and labour relations out of which the concepts of ‘career success’ and ‘comfortable retirement’ have been seriously considered in this book.

This is a 17-chapter book and it can be structurally grouped into three main parts viz: Conceptual Issues on Career, Employment, and Comfortable Retirement. However, the author has decided to put the book into three sections with the sections having 7, 5 and 4 and the conclusive remarks being the last and seventh chapter. I think it is highly commendable for organizing the book into three sections and the captions given to the sections together make clear the comprehensiveness of the coverage of the title of the book. The structural design also arrests the interest of the reader as well as helping him to have a brighter idea of the message which the author is conveying.

In the section devoted to career choice, planning, and development. I noticed that all the conceptual issues are spelt out in clear and unequivocal terms. The ability to do this thoroughly and effectively is quite impressive.

Section 2, which captions, “Self-employment”, is highly educative. This is a section where a great number of people will immensely benefit from the impressive ideas in the book. It provides different ways of making life comfortable for people; and more importantly, making them be self-reliant. A very good idea that is established here is the fact that there are alternatives to paid jobs.
Section 3, which is the last section, is titled “Comfortable Retirement”. This concerns mostly workers who are in paid employment. The concept of “retirement” and fears associated with it are carefully and exhaustively discussed. A research report given in chapter 16 in the third section makes the book more intellectual. This gives an additional feather to the cap of the book. A pertinent question raised in this report is ‘Can a government or employer who finds it very difficult to pay salaries to be able to pay gratuity and pension?’ This is food for thought for every reader. And to fail to prepare very well for one’s retirement is to prepare to fail or suffer during the retirement days.

On the basis of the foregoing, and because succeeding in a book writing task is obviously great and no mean task. I wish to congratulate the author on this great feat. Therefore, in view of its useful contents, I heartily recommend this book to students, teachers, guidance and counselors, those who are still in active service and retirees.

Professor Joseph Abiodun Adegbile
Institute of Education
The University of Ibadan.

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