Recommended Reads: Careers

Our LUMS Undergraduate Careers Manager Matthew Howard has put together some ‘Top Reads’ for anyone looking for a placement or career.

1. Designing – Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how to design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.

2. What Color Is Your Parachute? – Carol Christen

This book distills the time-tested advice of career development guru Richard N. Bolles into a friendly, approachable guide for students just starting on the road to college and career. Authored by teen specialist Carol Christen, this book helps students discover their interests and passions early, so they can identify their dreams and decide what additional schooling–and tuition debt–makes sense for their chosen field. With fresh updates on social media and the specific challenges of today’s job-market, this new edition has all the wisdom teens (and their parents) need to build their futures and nurture who they want to be.

3. Emotional Agility – Susan David 

Every day we speak around 16,000 words – but inside minds we create tens of thousands more. Thoughts such as ‘I’m not spending enough time with my children’ or ‘I’m not good enough to present my work’ can seem to be unshakable facts. In reality, they’re the judgemental opinions of our inner voice.

Drawing on more than twenty years of academic research, consulting, and her own experiences overcoming adversity, Susan David PhD, a psychologist and faculty member at Harvard Medical School, has pioneered a new way to enable us to make peace with our inner self, achieve our most valued goals, make real change, and live life to the fullest.

Emotional Agility describes a new way of living and relating to yourself and the world around you. Become aware of your true nature, learn to face your emotions with acceptance and generosity, act according to your deepest values, and flourish.

4. GRIT – Angela Duckworth

In this must-read for anyone seeking to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth takes us on an eye-opening journey to discover the true qualities that lead to outstanding achievement. Winningly personal, insightful and powerful, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that – not talent or luck – makes all the difference.

 

5. Mindset – How you can fulfil your potential – Dr Carol S. Dweck

Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals-personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.