April 24, 2019

Graduate Resources (BATP) – Getting Your Head in the Game

Our favorite Book, Article, TEDTalk, & PodCast to help you, the Spring graduate, get your head in the game as you enter the next phase!

I remember graduating college with only one resource available to students – “What Color is Your Parachute?” (those of you 40+ are probably shaking your head in agreement right now).

Boy have times changed!

Today, there’s almost an overwhelming amount of information (and advice) out there. But sadly, it’s all pretty boring! From resume best practices to networking how-to’s to negotiation tactics … the content can quickly drive you to binge-watch “Queer Eye” on Netflix (which I highly recommend by the way).

If you’re getting ready to walk across the graduation stage in the next couple months, I think you’ll appreciate the Book, Article, TEDTalk, and Podcast (BATP) resources.  Instead of the same-old boring content (see above), I’ve decided to focus on mindset and more specifically getting your head in the post-college game.

Here are my favorite BATP resources to get (and stay) focused as you think about life after college:

Book:  Digital Minimalism, by Cal Newport.  I really dig this author (and professor).  You probably remember me recommending another book of his, Deep Work, last summer.  In this latest writing, Newport writes about strategies to reduce digital “noise” to create a more meaningful (and peaceful) personal & professional experience.  His writing is conversational and intuitive – we all know we should focus more on what’s really important, and Newport presents ideas to actually achieve success! A great before-bed read!

Article:  When in Doubt, Go With Your Gut, by Carrie Kerpen.  In this Forbes article, author of Work It: Secrets for Success from the Boldest Women in Business tells the stories of several professional women who created business clarity by going with their gut.  No major frameworks or rounds of feedback; rather, decisions from within based on experiences and instinct.  I love this topic and find more-and-more clients make the best decisions by going with their gut!

TEDTalk:  A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit, by Judson Brewer.  I first discovered Brewer while meditating on the Insight Timer app.  He authored a great 10-day course on anxiety and also spoke at the TEDMED event in 2015.  His theory – curiosity is the path to clarity whether it be a racing mind or a bad habit. I love his simplistic approach … and … it works!

PodCast:  How to Love Criticism, by Adam Grant. Part of the TED/Work Life series, Grant shows you how to not only take criticism better (we could all use that) but also how to dish-it-out a little more effectively (we could all use that too – haha).  If you’re feeling insecure or received negative feedback on your path outside of college, this could be a great resource for you!

Your homework this week:  You know the drill!  Check-out these resources to help you get your head in the game after graduation.  I guarantee these will help get you ready when you need to start working on the more boring stuff like networking or your resume! Ha!

Coming up next time:  It’s performance review time!  Whether you’re in retail or tech, you’ve been a part of a performance review in your past.  But what are the ingredients to make sure this is a good experience?  Next time I’ll write about the foundational elements of a good performance review regardless of your level or industry.

Here’s to your Engaged Pursuit!

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