Books for Graduates

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! Your hard work and dedication have paid off, and now you’re ready for the next chapter in your life.

But first, make sure you are prepared for your next step. Whether you’re preparing to start college, or working to launch your career, these books will help you along the way.

Books to Read Post-Graduation

Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman

Make Good Art is the published version of Gaiman’s notorious commencement speech, which he delivered in May 2012 at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. Gaiman’s speech inspires readers to take chances, think outside the box, and believe in themselves and their creativity.

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How to College: What to know before you go (and when you’re there) by Andrea Malkin Brenner and Lara Hope Schwartz

This book can be your go-to guide to life in college. It covers everything from how to navigate your school’s social scene to how to write the perfect college papers. There are also tips on how to prepare for the job market, and how to create useful budgets to practice fiscal responsibility.

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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021: a practical manual for job-hunters and career-changers by Richard N. Bolles

So you’ve completed your education, now what? Job searching and jumpstarting a career can certainly be a difficult time. This book can help prepare job seekers for how to maneuver the professional environment. It includes a myriad of resources for job searching in any work field.

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

Graduating and moving on to the “real world” is about so much more than just completing your education goals and landing your dream job. It’s also a time for growth and change. This book is full of useful real-life information that will prepare you for taking those next steps into the world all while making you laugh.

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The Road to Character by David Brooks

The Road to Character is another book that emphasizes the growth and changes that take place during the post-grad transition time. Brooks shows readers how developing who you are as a person is equally as important as what you do with your professional life.

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Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal

We all know the saying “it takes a village,” right? Well, that doesn’t end after you have reached adulthood. This book consists of contributions by thirty successful professionals, who you can now consider part of your “village.” Their life and career advice spans a diverse array of backgrounds, so there is a little something for everyone in this book.

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A Curious Mind by Charles Fishman and Brian Grazer

Brian Grazer is an author and Academy Award-winning producer who has teamed up with Charles Fishman to share the importance of curiosity and creativity in life. You can find out how curiosity can lead your life down new and exciting paths both personally and professionally.

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Post Grad: Five Women and Their First Year Out of College Caroline Kitchener

Your first year out of college can be full of challenging and exciting life changes. This book follows five different women as they maneuver through their post-grad lives. It can help show you what to expect in that pivotal year after college has ended, and prepare you for what is to come in the future.

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The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Dr. Meg Jay

Dr. Meg Jay, a Clinical Psychologist, has created a work that dives into the psyche of the twenty-something. This book discusses how one’s twenties are a powerful and poignant time, and can change the trajectory of one’s life.

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