I love to read. If you are not taking classes, summer is a great time to read what you want. Finally, freedom to choose! There are certain career-related books that I always find myself coming back to and recommending to others. At a recent conference, I heard the keynote speaker Po Bronson, author of What Should I Do With My Life? Among the many things Bronson discussed, he talked about the myth that people should have a single career epiphany that makes crystal clear exactly what they are meant to do with their lives. All doubt erased, the lucky recipient of this vision never has second thoughts about their career path. The reality, though, for most is a path that is winding and full of switch-backs rather than a neat and clean linear progression. They try something out, receive feedback on their work, fail or succeed at parts of it, and maybe, through the successes, find something that feels like a “good fit,” is meaningful, and maybe has a positive impact on their community. The book itself is a wonderful collection of stories from people who have grappled with the question and answered it in a variety of ways. If you find yourself wondering the same thing (just what should I do with my life), I highly recommend What Should I Do With My Life? and yes, it is available in our library!
Other favorites include Herminia Ibarra’s Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. This one is a must for those who feel like they are “stuck in their own heads” and trying to think their way through a career change. Do you tend to get nervous for interviews? Try The Interview Rehearsal Book: Seven Steps to Job-Winning Interviews Using Acting Skills You Never Knew You Had by Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro. An excellent resource for anyone preparing for an interview, especially those who suffer from pre-interview nerves. These actor authors use their theater background to help the reader overcome performance anxiety and give their best performance. It contains simple exercises for effective verbal and physical communication. These are just some ideas, take a look at our book list below for more ideas and happy reading!
Summer Career Books: https://www.metrostate.edu/applications/drep/files/Summer_Career_Books.pdf
from Bill Baldus, Career Counselor
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