By: Melaina Lewis, @melaina_lewis
Like many people I enjoy getting lost in a good book, which is hard when you’re a busy college student. It’s difficult finding time in between meetings, classes, studying and sleep. Lately, the real problem is finding a book interesting enough to read; even the Twitter sphere couldn’t answer my call for a good recommendation. Over winter break, I promised I would take time to rejuvenate my creative energy and read a few books. Being a senior in college, however, I wasn’t looking for the next The Fault in Our Stars (which I highly recommend), but a book that begins to prepare me for the next stage of life: job hunting, career goals and post-grad life. It doesn’t matter if you’re a first year student or a senior, take a look at the list of books I plan to read this year. (Apologies in advance, these recommendations sway toward female readers.)
1. “#GirlBoss” by Sophia Amoruso
Of course, my inner Public Relations professional was drawn to this title purely for the hashtag, but let me tell you, I highly recommend this book. Amoruso shares her offbeat rag-to-riches story of becoming the CEO and founder of Nasty Gal, a vintage clothing store. The Goodreads Choice Awards Best Business Books recipient encourages females to become the masters of their destiny and financial independence, by owning the qualities they’ve previously been ashamed of (bossiness, crudeness, laziness). Plus, who isn’t inspired by this advice: “A #GirlBoss” is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.”
2. “Lean In: For Graduates” by Sheryl Sandberg
In all honesty, I haven’t read Sandberg’s first edition of Lean In, but this being addressed to graduates got my attention. Sandberg includes six additional chapters from experts offering advice on finding and getting the most out of a first job, best interviewing practices, salary negotiations, listening to your inner voice, owning who you are and leaning in for millennial men.
3. “Youtility” by Jay Baer
Youtility falls into the category of an “oldie but a goodie.” This content marketing book completely changed how I thought about PR and the way I design campaigns and marketing tactics. It explains why smart marketing is about the help not the hype. Youtility is a must read for young professionals.
These recommendations maybe career and industry driven, so on a more fun note, I plan to read a few of these books before they hit theaters. (Courtesy of Buzzfeed)