7 essential books for newbies in the workforce

Still looking to land that first professional position? Maybe you’ve landed a gig and you’re feeling your way. These works offer guidance and examples of personal courage. Read on.

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Unless you’re really lucky, you’ll have some time between taking your last step out of college and your first step into a new job.

You can spend that time having as much fun as you can, prolonging the college experience. You can spend that time trying to figure things out, including yourself. You might travel, paint or volunteer.

You can do a lot of things, but what you can’t do is escape the fact that, unless you have a trust fund, you’ll have to join the workforce. It will be a big change, and it might be tough.

Luckily, there’s a tool we humans use to extend our knowledge to others and pass it down to coming generations: books. The right book at the right time can give you guidance, advice, inspiration or words of warning for this transition.

1. “This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life” by David Foster Wallace

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