Congratulations, recent college graduate! You made it, and I’m really proud of you.
Now it’s time for you to enter what people call the ‘real world’ and that can be very scary. I can tell you up front, the real world is a very mysterious place full of unpaid internships, dark jokes about the bad economy and awkward network events.
In between job-applying, moving to the big city and paying off your student loans you might as well read a book every once in a while. Here are a few of my favorites.
‘The Interestings’ by Meg Wolitzer
The New York Times bestseller ‘The Interestings’ by Meg Wolitzer is not your typical self-help book. It’s more of a novel with tons of important life lessons woven into the story. That’s exactly what I love about it. The book follows the story of Jules Jacobson, who wants to become an actress. Instead, she chooses for a more practical occupation and lifestyle, but is that the best choice? This book explores the meaning of talent and following your dreams, and it will motivate you more than anything to follow yours.
‘The Opposite of Loneliness’ by Marina Keegan
Marina Keegan graduated Cum Laude from Yale in 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at The New Yorker. This girl was on the rise. Unfortunately, five days after her graduation, Marina died in a car accident. She left behind a rich legacy of beautiful essays and stories, bundled in this beautiful book (that will make you cry).
‘Adulting’ by Kelly Williams Brown
How to become a grown-up in 468 easy(ish) steps. For when you need to know how to do things, even if they aren’t so easy. Seriously, this book is super helpful and after reading it, I went back to it plenty of time just to reread parts that I wanted to make sure I got right.
‘Welcome to the real world’ by Lauren Berger
In ‘welcome to the real world’ Lauren Berger kind of acts like my big sister. The book focuses on excelling your dream career, and is full of meaningful advice and anecdotes about Berger’s real world experiences. This is super helpful if you just got on your own feet and are navigating the work force.
‘The $100 Startup’ by Chris Guillebeau
Rather than holding a steady job, the world traveler and author Chris Guillebeau relies on his creative mindset to bring in a paycheck. If you need some inspiration to go out and try that crazy idea that’s been in your mind forever, this book is exactly what you need. I still reread parts of it sometimes just when I need a little kick in the bum.
‘Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day And How They Feel About What They Do’ by Studs Terkel
Don’t be put off by the incredibly long title this book has, it’s actually really good and captures exactly what the book is about. Pullitzer price-winning author Studs Terkel collected an amazing series of interviews with men and women from all kinds of vocations in this book. It’s valuable for anyone who just entered the work force and it will probably bring you to tears numerous times.
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