Many of you may have just graduated from college (or will be soon) and are looking for some career books to help steer you in the right direction. Being a young woman in the work force has its own set of challenges to overcome and sometimes we may just need a little advice or guidance to help us through. Thus, you should pick up these 7 career books every young woman should read to help ease your transition into the real-world and guide you towards reaching your life goals.
1. 20 Something, 20 Everything by Christine Hassler
Your 20s can often seem like a roller coaster and it's usually during this time that we look for guidance to know that we're on the right track. In this book, author Christine Hassler finds that many women in their twenties (and even thirties) feel unsettled and struggle to answer the questions: Who am I? What do I want? How do I get it? It's one of the best career books for women who are feeling a little lost and need some reassurance that it's normal to feel that way, along with advice about how to get through it.
2. Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire by Mireille Guiliano
From the bestselling author of "French Women Don't Get Fat," Mireille now has a book to help guide women through their careers. Mireille shares lessons, stories, and helpful hints to teach readers how to identify their own passions and talents, improve their communication skills, balance work and life, cope with everyday stress, turn their self into a winning brand, and more! From acing a job interview or performance review, to hosting an elegant dinner party, Mireille uses her witty and wise personality to share her secrets for achieving happiness and success at any stage in business and life.
3. Bossypants by Tina Fey
If you want to laugh while also learning some life lessons, read Tina Fey's Bossypants! Before SNL and before 30 Rock, Tina Fey was just a young girl just like all of us with a dream that she would one day be a comedian on TV. Tina Fey is a great role model for young girls wanting a career because she writes of how she handles her hectic lifestyle, but instead of complaining about it, she just laughs it off. It's also a great book to read if you have dreams to someday be on TV because it shows how Tina rose to fame.
4. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel
In this series, Lois picks out interesting habits of both successful and unsuccessful men and women for you to learn from. She reveals why some women easily get ahead in their careers while others seem to stay behind. Lois explores certain behaviors that women learn in girlhood that sabotage them as adults and how to stop them. It's a great book to read in order to learn behaviors women need to adapt to get ahead in their field.
5. I Shouldn't Be Telling You This by Kate White
Kate White is the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and a largely successful businesswoman. In her book, Kate shares her secrets to success in a witty, wise, straight-talking way. I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This is the perfect book for women in the current economic climate, whether you’re just starting out, re-entering the workforce after maternity leave, or simply looking for a career change. This book has essential tips and bold strategies from an innovator who helped increase Cosmo’s circulation by half a million copies per month!
6. They Don't Teach Corporate in College by Alexandra Levit
This career book is actually currently being used as a text in some corporations and universities across the country! They Don't Teach Corporate in College reflects the unique needs and challenges of current 20-something-year-olds who want to get ahead, but lack the know-how to make it happen. It incorporates tips for effectively managing your online presence, practicing the art of "intrapreneurship," and planning your next move inside or outside the corporate world.
7. The Go-Getter Girl's Guide by Debra Shigley
In her book, Debra explains what a "Go-Getter Girl" is and how you can become one. A "Go-Getter Girl" is someone who seems to just know certain stuff about how to get the great jobs, the lifestyle she wants, and always looks great while doing it! Written from interviews with hundreds of successful, stylish young women, "The Go-Getter Girl’s Guide" provides a no-excuses, big-picture way of thinking about your life and career, as well as day-to-day strategies for how to get there.
8. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This one’s a classic career book that many of you may have already heard of. How to Win Friends and Influence People helps to provide a sense of balance to the conversation about professional relationships. This book is especially helpful to new managers, those preparing for interviews, and anyone who needs a little motivation. Plus, many well-known people throughout the years have been inspired by this book!
9. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Although this is not a career book per se, it's still one every young woman should read when first entering the career world. Rubin has a loving husband, two great kids and a writing career in New York City. One day she realizes that although she is not unhappy, she could be happier. Thus she dedicated one year of her life to a "Happiness Project" to make her feel better and happier. This is great for young women to read because entering the work force and leaving behind college can cause you to feel stressed and unhappy at times from being so busy!
I don't believe in self-help books but I wouldn't call these self-help books as much as I'd call them career building books. When it comes to being a young woman entering the work force, it can feel overwhelming and make you think you're unprepared. Getting some advice or guidance is great in bettering yourself and your career path! Have you read any books that have helped you better yourself for your career?