May Book Club: Surviving Graduation

Spring can be a time of gentle awakenings, a period for revelling in milder air and longer light — but for many, it can also be a seasonal harbinger of stress. Why? Exams and graduation, of course.

Fear not, studious readers. We’ve compiled a survival guide of books to see you safely through the late nights, the caffeine binges, and the nail biting, right up until the moment you toss that cap in the air. (And more importantly, everything that comes after!)

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

“In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.” — Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

“Drawing from her own experience and those of other successful pivoters, Jenny Blake has created a four-stage process that teaches anyone how to seamlessly and continually double-down on existing strengths, interests, and experiences; find new opportunities and identify skills to develop without falling prey to analysis-paralysis and compare-and-despair; run small experiments to determine next steps; and take smart risks to launch with confidence in a new direction. This book is for anyone searching for an answer to the question, ‘What’s next?’” — Portfolio/Penguin

Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School

“Author Andrew Hallam was a high school English teacher. He became a debt-free millionaire by following a few simple rules. In this book, he teaches you the financial fundamentals you need to follow in his tracks. You can spend just an hour per year on your investments, never think about the stock market’s direction — and still beat most professional investors. It’s not about get-rich-quick schemes or trendy investment products peddled by an ever-widening, self-serving industry; it’s about your money and your future.” — Wiley

Adulting 101: #Wisdom4Life

“Today’s students are hammered with high expectations for their academic studies. Basic life skills are mostly not taught in classrooms, so graduates are on their own to figure out how to live successfully in the everyday world. Without any guidance, where do you start? …This book will give you everything you need to succeed and to make a real impact. It’s a manual of how to change the world and be the person you were meant to be.” — Broadstreet Publishing Group

Career Rookie: A Get-It-Together Guide for Grads, Students, and Career Newbies

Career Rookie is a book for every grad, student, and 20-something who feels lost, overwhelmed, and anxious. It tackles the emotional and logistical WTF-ness of starting your career, answering questions like, What if I don’t have any experience? What if I went to school for something I hated? What if I have NO IDEA what I actually want? Should I just suck it up and settle? Because, honestly, this career thing is starting to give me an ulcer. This fresh, fun guide gives even the most lost and overwhelmed a way forward. It explores passion, curiosity, uncertainty, self-sabotage, and more on the quest to shake off post-graduation paralysis. Finding the right career can seem impossible, but Sarah Vermunt is the fun-loving, straight-talking coach we all need to make feel-good work a reality.” — ECW Press

The Potential Principle

“Leadership expert and international bestselling author of The Fred Factor and You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader, Mark Sanborn invites you to get better and close the gap between how good you are and how good you can be. Teaching you to employ Sanborn’s uniquely designed “Potential Matrix” to specific areas of your life, The Potential Principle provides you with the tools you need to see breakthrough improvement in key areas of your life. One of the most exciting opportunities is right in front of you every day: pursuing your true potential. You’re on your way. You can make your best second-best. You can be better.” — HarperCollins Leadership

Entrepreneurial You

“Dorie Clark, a successful entrepreneur and author, has done it all. And in Entrepreneurial You she provides a blueprint for professional independence, with insights and advice on building your brand, monetizing your expertise, and extending your reach and impact online. In short, engaging chapters, she outlines the necessary elements and concrete tactics for entrepreneurial success. She shares the stories of entrepreneurs of all kinds — from consultants and coaches to podcasters, bloggers, and online marketers — who have generated six- and seven-figure incomes. This book will be your hands-on guide to building a portfolio of revenue streams, both traditional and online, so that you can liberate yourself financially and shape your own career destiny.” — Harvard Business Review Press

Option B

“Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to everyday struggles, allowing us to brave whatever lies ahead. Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. “I want Dave,” she cried. Her friend replied, “Option A is not available,” and then promised to help her make the most of Option B.” — Knopf

How To Win Friends and Influence People

For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. Now this previously revised and updated bestseller is available in trade paperback for the first time to help you achieve your maximum potential throughout the next century! Learn three fundamental techniques in handling people, the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.” — Gallery Books

The Art of the Interview

“This guide is for anyone who is planning on going to any interview, regardless of whether you are applying for your much-desired position at your dream company or a top MBA program. The purpose of this guide is to help you think for yourself and, at the same time, provide you with insider tips that usually only interviewers know. So update your resume, polish those black shoes, iron that dress shirt, and start practicing answering all the interview questions you could think of. There is no better time than now to read this book!” — Lifestyle Initiative