6 Books Every Graduate Should Read

By November 15, 2017For Talent

Life as a new graduate isn’t always easy. Leaving behind your college days and starting out into the big bad world of work can be full of challenges.

We’ve decided to round up some of the best graduate (and non-graduate) books that will help make the transition just a little bit easier.

So, put the phone down and pick up one of these books instead.

The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg

Do you want to instill good habits from the get-go? You need this book in your life. Duhigg believes that the key to exercising regularly, losing weight and being more productive is understanding how habits work. This book will teach you everything you need to know.

Congratulations, by the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness, George Saunders

Shortly after George Saunders gave a convocation address at Syracuse University, a transcript of the speech was posted on the website of The New York Times. Within a few days, it had been shared more than a million times. This book is an expansion of that speech and reminds us all of the power of kindness.

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, Kelly Williams Brown

Being an adult ain’t easy but Williams Brown makes it seem simple (and hilarious). She gives helpful advice on everything from finding an apartment to avoiding office romances. It’s a must-read for any graduate.

Advice From My 80-Year-Old Self, Susan O’Malley

What advice would your future 80-year-old self give to you today? That’s the question artist Susan O’Malley, who tragically died at age 38 before this book’s publication, asked more than 100 people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their answers are sure to give you goosebumps.

Lean In for Graduates, Sheryl Sandberg

Sandberg needs no introduction. This graduation edition of Sandberg’s book is targeted at young women (and men) at the very start of their careers. She offers expert advice on negotiating your salary, how to be a good leader and how to land your dream job.

Way More Than Luck

 This book has 14 transcribed commencement speeches that encourage recent grads to be creative, brave, and inventive. Speakers include Tom Wolfe, Nore Ephron and Ira Glass. It’s a beautifully illustrated book that should be on every coffee table.

Author Alice Murray

Alice Murray is a Content Creator at Jobbio with a passion for Employer Branding and Graduate Culture. She's a keen traveller and a self-proclaimed lazy runner.

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