1. The Devil Wears Prada (Lauren Weisberger)
It’s the perfect read for every college graduate who dreams of making it big immediately in their chosen industry. It has the right amount of “cold splash of reality” and hope to anchor any new yuppie to the earth….
2. Girl Boss (Sophia Amoruso)
Granted the author dropped out of college and went the unconventional way to create her multimillion dollar empire but this book offers advice to anyone who might tread an unfamiliar path. If there’s any wisdom one can take from Sophia as found in this book is that not everyone has the same path to success, which is a reminder we all could benefit from.
3. Congratulations, By The Way (George Saunders)
It’s a dog-eat-dog world outside the campus and sometimes the pull to make it on top immediately can be so enticing but Saunders book, based on his commencement speech to Syracuse University in 2013 leaves fresh graduates and experienced yuppies alike with one conventional wisdom – being kind is more important than being right and it has the power to take you a long way wherever you decide to go.
4. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Mindy Kaling)
Perhaps many would think that Mindy Kaling is not exactly the best role model for a new graduate because she doesn’t seem as together as adults should be. But then again, why not? Her life experiences as told in this book will help anyone in their quest for that elusive job and her humor is enough to help buoy anyone when employment rejection letters start to arrive.
5. Lean in for Graduates (Sheryl Sandberg)
Facebook’s newest COO offers insights and tips in her book for women to succeed in their chosen profession and eventually break that “invisible glass window” to help them reach the top. Read on and be empowered to dream beyond your imagination.
6. Adulting (Kelly Williams Brown)
Just because you’re done with school doesn’t mean you’re officially a grown-up (although technically you should be), Willams Brown’s book is the ultimate guide to help you ease into that dreaded phase of “adulting” so you wouldn’t have to navigate it blindly.
7. Now What?! (Ari King)
Not all graduates know where they want to go. And that’s okay. King’s book aims to help anyone who may find the post-graduate employment hunt confusing. We’ve all been there (or are there).
8. The Last Lecture (Randy Pausch)
Success is not determined by the money in your bank account and the level of your position at work. It’s defined by your joy and happiness in whatever you have achieved. Pausch’ book is a call to everyone to never forget their childhood dreams and that at the end of one’s life, it’s never about what you have but how you’ve lived each day to its fullest.
9. Tuesdays With Morrie (Mitch Albom)
This might seem like the oldest book in the list because of it’s cliché status, but Albom talks about connection, and having a mentor in life that helps to shape you. It’s also about the meaning of life as told by his dying professor, Morrie Schwartz and how his life taught the author that nothing is ever “too late” for anyone in this world.
Just in case you’re looking for that ‘sign’ to help into a direction you’ve been hesitating to take.