The Moth Presents All These Wonders
Starting a new chapter is all about charting the unknown, right? May we suggest The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown for feeling less alone in that venture? To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the storytelling phenomenon, this volume combines incredible first-person narratives all about courage and risk—from a refugee to a female secret spy during World War II to an astronomer’s incredible sight, these stories will inspire awe and understanding.
Financial expert and former CNN and CNBC anchor Nicole Lapin says you don’t need dozens or hundreds of employees to be a boss. You don’t even need one. You just need to be confident, savvy, and ready to get out there and make your success happen. You need to find your inner Boss Bitch—your most confident, savvy, ambitious self—and own it. What better advice for a recent grad?
Job search getting a recent grad down? Rejection isn’t the worst thing in the world. Failure can be a great teacher—but only if we let it and don’t get bogged down in self-doubt and fear. Author Jia Jiang was touted as “the next Bill Gates,” before his career came crashing down around him. His fear of rejection was stymying, so he embarked on a challenge: 100 Days of Rejection. He asked for a burger refill at a fast-food joint and got a no; he tried handing out apples on the street (a whole lotta no’s), but eventually, the process taught him how to make successful requests, picking the right time and place, and not getting derailed by no.
Why do so many jobs stay vacant? Businesses can’t find people with the skills needed to fill these jobs. There’s something happening called a “middle-skills gap,” which says that students are graduating from college with solid knowledge of the liberal arts, but without the technical or soft skills to work on a team—things that companies really need. Give this book to someone coming out of high school who isn’t sure the traditional four-year college path is for them. This book praises educational options like professional certifications, associate degrees, and apprenticeships as the way to becoming employable faster, without racking up so much debt.
Chris Guillebeau is the bestselling author of books like The $100 Startup, The Happiness of Pursuit, and The Art of Non-Conformity. His next book is all about the side hustle—that elusive situation when you have an awesome idea to make more money or pursue a passion—without giving up your day job. Guillebeau is no slouch either; he’s launched close to a dozen side hustles in his career, and in this book, he gives you the tools you need to go from idea to income in just 27 days. And, he tells us, it can help your existing career. By having money coming in from different places, being an entrepreneur on the side allows you to take calculated risks in your regular career.
The Career Playbook
James M. Citrin
James Citrin has decades of experience placing top executives in jobs as a senior partner at a search firm. So, he’s got plenty of actionable advice for millennials seeking employment. Things like how to get an introduction, acing an interview, negotiating a salary, and the trickier ones, like leaving a job on good terms and cultivating a mentor. A must-have for anyone navigating the job search, not just new grads.
Oh, The Meetings You'll Go To!
Millennials just entering the workforce need to know one thing: life is about to include a lot of meetings. In this parody of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, Dr. Suits tells it like it is for recent college grads: the five roommates, startup culture, offices with open-floor plans, agendas, and budgets. Tongue-in-cheek yet right on the mark, this book is the perfect decoration for any cubicle.
The New Rules of Work
Perfect for a new job-seeker (or a seasoned veteran looking to change careers), this book shows readers that understanding the ever-changing working world is vital. Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew, founders of The Muse, an online career resource for millennials, give us the scoop on what’s changed since Baby Boomers looked for jobs, and how to use these new rules to level the job-search playing field.
Best of Summer Yearbook
Remember when you spent the last day of school writing things like LYLAS (Love ya like a sister!), HAGS (have a great summer!) and TTFN (ta-ta for now!) in other people’s yearbooks? Well, for the kid who’s got a whole summer of fun and adventure stretching out before them, there’s a new kind of yearbook. This pink-covered one is meant for documenting all of vacation’s deliciousness: the best songs, top quotes, instructions for making killer banana bread and dope friendship bracelets—and, of course, spots for summer superlatives and autographs.
What to give to the person who has it all—well, at least a degree? We’d like to recommend any of these books for graduates that are equal parts inspiring and instructive. While most are perfect for college grads, we know a few would be great for those just finished with high school (All These Wonders, Job U, and Best of Summer come to mind!). These books help navigate the world outside of school, whether that’s the job search, time management, or just adulting in general. And, while we love Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! to celebrate a momentous occasion, these feel much fresher.
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