Books for graduates who want to excel in their careers

Oct 23, 2019

The transition from education to employment can be difficult. Here are some books for graduates who want to get a head start and start their career off on the right foot. 

These books contain life lessons, advice and insights. If you know someone who has recently graduated, getting them one of these books would make a good graduation gift.

1. The Graduate Book

The first book on our list of books for graduates is The Graduate Book by Chris Davies.

The Graduate Book is a must-read for all graduates. It is for those wanting to create a successful future for themselves. 

It contains everything you need to know to do really well at work. 

The book is divided into 13 chapters. Each chapter contains a key tip and how graduates can implement it at work to maximise their performance. 

Chris Davies has been helping students and graduates to land their dream jobs for the past decade. He has condensed his learnings over the past ten years into his books and courses

If you or someone you know has recently graduated, getting them a copy of The Graduate Book will help them to thrive in their new role. 

2. Lean in for Graduates 

Books for graduates

Lean in for graduates is number 2 on the list of books for graduates. 

It was written by Sheryl Sandberg.

The book contains several tips for graduates including :

  • Adopting the mantra “proceed and be bold”
  • Shift from a what do I get to a what can I offer mindset
  • Negotiate wisely
  • Break long-term goals into short-term steps.
  • Listen to your inner voice

Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted the input of many other experts to bring together a diverse range of perspectives. 

3. There is life after college

Number three on this list of books for graduates is There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know about Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow, by Jeffrey Selingo 

There is life after college is a New York Times bestseller. 

It was written to help alleviate parents’ anxiety and prepare their college graduates for the real world of work. 

4. The Student Book 

The Student book was also written by Chris Davies, the founder of Graduate Coach. 

The Student Book contains everything you need to know to get the job you really want. 

If you are a recent graduate, who is struggling to find a graduate job after university you’ll find this book incredibly useful. 

It covers everything from CVs and cover letters to improving your interview technique. 

You can purchase it directly from the publisher

5. The New Rules of Work 

The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career was written by Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew. 

Part one: What do I actually want? This section is all about uncovering your skills and discovering the world of exciting career opportunities. 

Part two: Making a move. This section is about getting the experience you need to get your dream position. 

Part three: Charting your course through the modern workplace. This section includes on-the-job tips. 

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