9 Books for the Career-Driven Student

These days, building a successful and meaningful career goes way beyond just snagging your college degree. From navigating the difficult job market and gaining valuable experience to building a personal brand and finding your inner confidence — there’s a lot involved!

We pulled together a list of books that cover everything you need to thrive in the workplace. So, all of you career-driven students out there…get reading!


The New Rules of Work by Alexandra Cavoulacos & Kathryn Minshew

With an ever-changing working world, the rules that could help you land a job back in the day are no longer the standard. In this guide, Cavoulacos and Minshew analyze the modern workplace and dive into how you can survive and thrive.


The Big Life by Ann Shoket

Dream jobs are no longer just about climbing the corporate ladder — they’re about creating meaningful work. With the help of high-profile millennial woman, the former Seventeen Magazine Editor-In-Chief offers career guidance for those just starting out in the workforce.


7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

With more than 25 million copies sold worldwide, you better believe this book is a trustworthy classic for building your career. In this book, Covey shares a step-by-step process laced with powerful lessons in embracing change and attaining your goals.



Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar

Before POPSUGAR was the iconic global media brand it is today, it was a simple blog started by Lisa Sugar in her living room. Now, Sugar is sharing how you, too, can build your dream life. (Psst…we were lucky enough to chat with her about the book — read here!)


Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht

As an industry veteran and social media pioneer in the world of fashion, it’s safe to say Aliza Licht knows her way around a successful and lucrative lifestyle. You won’t just be mentored on navigating the workplace, but you’ll also get Licht’s practical advice on creating your own personal brand — in the sassiest way possible.


Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

No matter where you are in life, Big Magic will inspire and guide you into living a more creative life — from tackling fears to forming new habits and creating balance. (Another author we were lucky enough to chat with! Read our interview about Gilbert’s book here.)



Mistakes I Made at Work by Jessica Bacal

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that making mistakes is part of the journey. That’s why this book shares stories from 25 influential woman who talk about their biggest career mistake and how it helped them grow professionally.


A Colorful Way of Living by Barbara Bradley Baekgaard

The founder of the Vera Bradley brand has always lived her life by a set of values, and these values helped her grow her business into the fashion empire it is today. Read along as Baekgaard shares these values and shows how you can awaken your full potential. (Guess what? We chatted with her, too! Read here.)


What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles

This practical manual was just updated for 2017, and it caters to those enduring the challenging present-day job market. You’ll get advice and encouragement, the in’s and out’s of the best (and worst) job hunting strategies, and guidance through every step of the hiring process.

Have you read any of these books yet? Let’s discuss! Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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