Helloooo, and welcome back to the blog! So you may not know, but I am currently wrapping up my first semester of senior year and back in August, I felt really unprepared to enter the workforce. Just ask anybody, I was always saying how much I didn’t want to graduate…and that was only 2 weeks into senior year!
This year, I realized the full potential of our school’s library. I was able to find F R E E online versions of my textbooks (saved over $150 in ordering textbooks!!); seriously, it was life changing, although it would’ve been nice to know this 3 years ago. I also found these great “self-help” books on transitioning from college to the workforce. I do wish I had read these over the summer, because finding time to read these books along with keeping up with assignments, a part-time job, an internship, and extracurricular activities is slightly difficult! Keep in mind though, you can read these books at any point–freshman year, high school, mid-career, etc. Today, I’d like to share some books + a podcast that you should read before you graduate!
1. Entering the Real World by David Kramer
This book is definitely at the top of my list because it was SO easy to read! It covers over 140 topics, but breaks it down into “takeaways”, “take action”, and “takeaway summary” which are different bullets for each topic. Another aspect of the book I really enjoyed is that you may read material in any order and jump around chapters–which makes the book so flexible and perfect for busy students. Some example topics covered are how to prepare now while you’re still in school, failure as a learning tool, how to deal with challenging personalities, and personal improvement.
2. What Color Is Your Parachute? Workbook by Richard Bolles
I actually bought this interactive workbook for my class called Career Development! It guides you through what you want to get out of a career and what kind of work environment you thrive in. You reflect through various activities on what you want to get out of your career and your life in general. The workbook is really thin, so that’s a plus! It goes along with his book, if you’d like to go more in-depth on his methods. The workbook was said to be the “Bible of career advice” by US Department of Labor.
3. Winning the Interview Game by Alan Nirenberg
This book had slightly repeated information I’d seen before from my own research and from experiences, but I did learn some new tips and tricks! He walks through different interview questions and how best to answer them. He uses a vignette method, where you answer a question based off a vignette you create of a specific example showcasing a specific skill. It is a very organized way to get your thoughts in order and the interviewer will appreciate such a well-thought out answer. If you are currently applying for jobs or internships, I highly suggest taking a look at this one!
4. Get It Together by Lauren Berger
If you find yourself constantly saying, “I’m too busy and my life is going at a thousand miles a minute”, then this book is for you! Lauren Berger, or The Intern Queen, wrote her third book all about organizing your life and achieving ultimate success. It’s such an easy read and I love all her anecdotes throughout the book–it seems like she’s just chatting with you! There’s chapters in the book that are broken down like a workbook, which is nice to fill out and reflect on. I was lucky enough to receive this complimentary book, thanks Lauren for helping me figure my life out!
5. Podcast: Find Your Dream Job
Who else loves podcasts? I recently came across this one on Spotify and have been listening to it on my commute to class! The episodes are on the longer side, at about 45 minutes, but they don’t discuss the same topic for too long. Some topics covered are How to Handle Job Rejection, Make the Most of Your First 90 Days, and Are You Making These LinkedIn Mistakes?
For more podcasts, check out my other blog post!
These are some of my suggestions for what to read and listen to before you graduate college. This transitioning period can be difficult and scary, but these books really helped me take control and feel more confident. Some of the ideas discussed throughout all these resources are things not taught in the classroom. You may also feel like you’re expected to already know these things going into the workforce. After reading and listening to these resources, you’ll be prepared to take on the world.
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Until next time,