Books on Building Fulfilling Lives & Successful Careers
- How Will You Measure Your Life?
Written by Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen, How Will You Measure Your Life contains powerful advice backed by cutting-edge research on how to achieve success as you define it. It is a holistic manual on creating the life you want. I recommend this book to everyone, but especially to high-achieving students. Christensen starts the book recounting his experience going back to his own Harvard reunions. He reports many of his ex-classmates who looked successful and happy at their 5-year reunion began confessing at their 10-year and 15-year reunions that they resented their jobs, had sacrificed too much of their time with family for work and regretted not living lives true to themselves. Too many high-acheiving students fall into the trap of chasing prestige and fail to make the time to figure out what they want and build an authentic, fulfilling life. Don't be one of them!
- The Secret to Getting a Job Out of College
Practical advice laid out clearly for how to get a job out of college. For better or worse, being able to package and sell yourself is important in the real world. You don’t learn this in class, but you can learn it in this book.
- What Color Is Your Parachute 2016
What Color Is Your Parachute is the world's most popular job-search book for a reason: it is filled to the brim with valuable information and insightful exercises.
**For those of you who are slow readers or who struggle to make time to read books, we'd suggest looking into audiobooks. You can listen to books while walking, driving or flying or while doing chores like cleaning, laundry or cooking dinner.
Useful Websites & Apps for College Students
- Quizlet or Studyblue
A large meta-analysis of existing research in 2013 by the Associate for Psychological Studies concluded flashcards are one of the most effective study tools. Today, it’s easier than ever to use flashcards thanks to apps like Quizlet or Studyblue. Remember these apps not only useful for studying for tests, but also great for memorizing your answers to commonly asked interview questions or key facts about a company or industry you’re interested in.
Their slogan: “why study alone?” Now, there isn’t anything wrong with studying alone. But if you prefer to study with people or find that this provides needed accountability, openstudy.com could well be a great tool for you.
- SelfControl (Mac) or FocusMe (PC)
One of the biggest challenges of the digital age is keeping focused and blocking out distractions. These tools can help. These apps lets you block your access, for a pre-set amount of time, to distracting websites like Instagram, Facebook, your favorite blog or whatever else you end up browsing when you’re supposed to writing that history paper. Be warned- SelfControl doesn’t let you alter the timer once you make it (even if you turn your computer off), so be careful!
Ranked by Forbes as one of "The 10 Best Websites For Your Career", Internships.com allows students to search for available internships in their major and geographical area.
- Employers by Major at Buzzfile
Not knowing what you can do with a major is a roadblock many college students come upon when selecting one. Using Buzzfile’s database, you can check what organizations are hiring graduates with the major(s) you're thinking about in the state(s) you’re interested in. This is also a valuable tool for students who have already selected their major, but aren't sure what to do with it or who values it.
- The Muse
The Muse posts interview, resume, and other job hunting tips, tools and advice to make you a stronger job candidate.
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