This list of books is meant to inspire you, both as a student and as a recent graduate, to pursue your passions and find success. Some are more practical, with tangible tips to find success in the workforce, while others share their business experiences or just try and help you to be your best self. Take a break from the textbooks and pick up one of these selections:
“Getting There” by Gillian Zoe Segal
Sit down with some of the most influential business leaders in the world for their essential career advice. This book features quotes from 30 influencers to help those about to enter the workforce, including obstacles they faced at work that were essential to their success. Mentors include businessman and politician Michael Bloomberg, trainer Jillian Michaels, and artist Jeff Koons. Talk about learning from the best.
“Lean In for Graduates” by Sheryl Sandberg
The modern classic: don’t be misled by the reputation; this is a guide for all genders. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career. She describes specific steps graduates can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment. The college grad edition discusses specifics like finding a great job and negotiating your first salary.
“Girlboss” by Sophia Amoruso
This memoir and advice book from the founder of online clothing company Nasty Gal is a must-read for young women looking for inspiration and empowerment. If you’re interested in becoming an entrepreneur, Sophia’s journey of ups and downs will help you become a #boss. The book is full of practical life and career advice that will inspire you to follow your passion and forge your own path. The bottom line? It won’t be easy, but it will definitely be worth it.
“Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert
Journalist and author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” wants to help readers overcome their fears and channel their creative potential, just like she did. Each of the book’s six sections — on courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust, and divinity — includes tips and strategies for finding inspiration and cultivating curiosity in your daily life. By harnessing that creativity, your life will be more fulfilling and it will help you discover your passions. You don’t have to think of yourself as an artist to find value in this book.
“Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
For more than sixty years the time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. It teaches techniques in handling people, making people like you, and how to win people to your way of thinking. These tips can be used in the classroom, workplace, and beyond to make you more confident and better at relationships.
“Into The Wild” by Jon Krakauer
If you’ve ever wanted to throw it all away and venture into the wilderness, this book is for you. It’s the ultimate inspirational book about travel and finding meaning in life. It’s the true story about a young man who graduates from college, donates his savings to charity, and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in an old school bus. Part cautionary-tale, part inspiring story, it will help you get out of your head during stressful times.