4 Must-Read Books for Recent Graduates

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Good books have a way of  inspiring, motivating and teaching how to navigate through different stages of life. Graduating College or University is an entirely different experience and new stage of life. Unlike high school graduation where the next four years of your life had somewhat of an expected roadmap, college graduation doesn’t always come with the same security. It can be a bit daunting and depressing to make a decision on what direction to take when there are so many options ahead of you.

As I am currently in this phase of life, what I have found to be motivating is surrounding myself with people who are determined to make something for themselves, as well as reading some good books for post grads (TONS of them!).  Some of these books are career oriented and many are self-help books to help get me out of my pool of self-pity, go out into the world with a bit more insider knowledge, ready to kick ass. So, I’m sharing four of my favorite “get your ass up and make something of yourself” books with you.

1. Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht

This is one of the many good books for for recent graduates just starting out their careers. It deals with workplace etiquette, such as how to call back for a job, doing a proper follow-up, email etiquette (which I can personally attest to using at my job after reading her book), as well as a list of to-dos before applying for a job. Aliza also inspires with her personal journey with how she got to where she currently and the importance of building good relationships and having a good attitude at work. that although small will go a long way to set you apart in your field.

2. Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel

Another one of my favorites,  Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office deals with undoing all the subconscious things that we have been programmed to do as women that actually sabotage our careers. If you have plans on breaking the glass ceiling this book is a place to start. Not only is it helpful for all the career girls out there but it also has great advice that can be useful in all facets of life such as learning to work smart not hard, speaking up and asking for the things you want instead of waiting for it to be handed to you.

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