Top Books To Give A New College Graduate

Graduating college is an exciting time of new beginnings. Although students feel they have learned their fair share in the classroom, the journey into the real world will contain many more lessons. Here is a list of books to inspire and lead during the first few months after graduation.

  • What Color is Your Parachute by Richard N. Bolles
  • Many graduates rush into a first job and find quickly that it wasn’t what they had in mind. Just because someone majored in accounting and knows that he wants to be an accountant doesn’t mean that he has considered all the options. Do you like working for a smaller or larger company? Do you want to live near friends and family or near the school where you graduated? This directed book will help make the decisions before launching into a job search.

  • The Betty Crocker Cookbook or Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker
  • A simple cookbook to learn how to prepare meals at home will help save money and your waistline. These two cookbooks include practical information on how to cook vegetables, select meat, and prepare more advanced dishes for hosting dinner parties. These recipes, unlike many cookbooks, also include nutritional information per serving.

  • The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke by Suze Orman
  • Financial mistakes are quickly made and timely to repair. Sound advice from respected money guru, Suze Orman, will help get things started in the right direction. Learn how to start saving early and make the most of your time in the workplace while you are young. Working hard will enable you to advance in your career sooner.

  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  • This fun and whimsical encouragement will be a welcome and light-hearted reminder to have fun and make the choices of things that one would like to do in the future. Graduation often marks the first time that students are capable of choosing for themselves how they will truly spend their free time.

  • Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • Few students graduate from a college with a renowned speaker who gives a commencement address worth remembering. This book, the transcript of a professor’s classroom lecture, has the insight of how to embrace life and cherish all of the possibility that it holds.

No one book is the manual for life after graduation, although several authors have tried. Instead, these books should help teach the basic skills that every new graduate needs to succeed in the real world.