7 books every rising #girlboss (AKA college graduate) should read this summer

It’s an interesting feeling to be graduated from college. When you graduate from high school, everyone (for the most part) knows what they’re going to be doing: going to school for another four years, or at least that’s what is generally expected of high school graduates these days. You and the smartest kid in your class are doing (almost) the exact same thing, which is pursuing your education further (unimportant is the fact their school just happens to be an Ivy League and their major is bio-mechanical engineering).

But when you graduate from college? That’s when the real pressure is laid onto ya. You watch as that kid who almost failed freshman year English gets accepted into medical school, and as that one girl who almost always was seen eating burritos (and chasing them with tequila shots) is hired on-the-spot as a financial consultant. Some have big plans to take a year off and backpack through Europe while others simply rely on the fact that duh, they’re awesome, and that job will inevitably come their way.

The fact of the matter is: there are WAY TOO MANY OPTIONS. Sure, blame this on my first-world upbringing, but in a country where we are not only encouraged to do anything, but where essentially everything is made possible, it’s difficult to weed out the career options and travel plans that are actually going to work out for us and not force us into living with our parents (prematurely, that is).

We need guidance! All you future #girlbosses out there, you got that somethin’-somethin’ going on, and these ladies know how to get it out of you and into the great, big, cliche world. Read on for some seriously empowering books to get you wherever you’re going: from medical school to magazine publishing to Madrid, Spain. (Well, maybe not that last one. You can probably do that on your own.)

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Sure, it isn’t a life-advice book, but it might as well be. Tina will leave you feeling confident and hilarious (plus, I’m on a first-name basis with her now).

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#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Ever felt seriously down in the dumps? Well, Amoruso has been there. Literally. From dumpster diving in her early days to running bad-ass clothing company Nasty Gal, this CEO will feed your ambitious side and get you ready to dumpster-dive your own dreams.

Lean In For Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg

With the obvious success from her original book, Lean In, Sandberg approached this edition with the mindset of a student who just graduated from college. Everything that we can’t even imagine doing yet, she prepares you for: negotiating your salary, finding your first real job, and how to completely own who you are.

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Welcome to the Real World by Lauren Berger

Lauren Berger, AKA the Intern Queen, might as well be a God in the career advising world. After mastering 15 different internships while in college (which she completed in four years, BOOM), this is her second book with career advice, the first specifically targeting those looking for internships (All Work, No Pay: Finding an Internship, Building Your Resume, Making Connections, and Gaining Job Experience = AMAZING PERFECTION).

Getting From College to Career by Lindsey Pollak
All of the most practical advice for finding a job you could ever need / look for in a book.
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Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel

Forget the advice to stay out of office politics and to multi-task as much as possible: these mistakes are small ones that are easy to avoid and also to conquer. Best believe you gonna get that corner office after demolishing this book.

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I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This by Kate White

Looking for someone as sassy as you to teach you their ways? Kate White is the ultimate career gal pal that you wish you had by your side… instead, she’ll have to do by your desk lamp. The gutsy girl’s best friend.

Brag! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It by Peggy Klaus

If you ever found yourself in need of a Bragging Dictionary, with great techniques for a “Bragalogue” and how to gain your own bragging rights (basically, if you’re awesome, which you obviously are), Klaus’s book is one for keeps.

What are your favorite career advice books? Have you read any of the ones on this list?

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Preferring basketball over barbies, travel over tutus, and almost any chatter that could somehow relate back to Harry Potter, Julia is always game for a beer and an impromptu booking of a ticket to a game, country, or even the latest Fast and Furious movie. Here, find random thoughts, tidbits about trips, and occasionally Seattle Seahawks propaganda.

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