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No More Ramen: The 20-Something's Real World Survival Guide: Straight Talk on Jobs, Money, Balance, Life, and More Paperback – September 1, 2006
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Junior, 20 years old
New York University
Like the typical Entitlement Generation-er, I've always considered the future as a puzzle that would work itself out, the world as my very friendly oyster, and success to fall easily at my feet. Lo and behold, we face the real world and realize, oh my goodness--we are in way over our heads. Nicholas Aretakis's No More Ramen is a great read for those who suffer similar revelations and need guidance...and actually to anybody who THINKS they don't need guidance--because you'll be surprised at what you don't know about the real world.
This self-proclaimed "real world survival guide" is exactly that--a manual for figuring out the little details of the work place and personal obstacles, and just how to be a personal success in life. Aretakis's book is a casual, conversational read, privileging readers with forgotten tips like what to say in a conference, what to look for in a job, and how to translate academic success to professional success. For all of you out there who have heard too often the clichéd schpiels about dressing to impress, running over portfolio pitches or simply following your heart to that perfect job that seems nonexistent, Aretakis gives you a little bit of that--and then blows you out of the water with the more important specifics.
From personal rating charts, goal sheets and answers about everything from sick days to tax forms to housing plans, No More Ramen is a clear shot of a book at giving you success in life in a nutshell. I recommend this book to all 20-somethings, and even those younger, and definitely to parents. Everyone must take a bite out of this delicious No More Ramen--the solutions offered are answers to questions you never even thought to ask! Guaranteed this is not just a guide, but a 20-something's key to avoiding regretful hindsight and future panic attacks.
Senior, 20 years old
Pennsylvania State University
I have to say, I was a little skeptical in reading a book entitled "No More Ramen". It wasn't exactly seeming like it would be very informative but boy was I wrong. I picked up this book and couldn't put it down. It was extremely insightful and surprised me with how true everything in the book was. Nicholas Aretakis takes complicated subjects that are plaguing all of us college age students such as budgets, graduation, work, interviews, co-workers, investing and other topics that most of us are clueless about, and gives advice on how to handle it. The book is also written so it's very easy to read. It's written in a no B.S. style and he really tells it how it is. It includes numerous charts and spreadsheets that will help you map out your goals and plans and even sample charts on how to set up a budget and start investing. He provides answers to questions such as: "How can I get what I want out of life? How do I balance work, family, and fun? How do I gain financial independence? How do I keep myself on track? Why does it feel so overwhelming to be a 20 something heading out into the real world?" These questions and many more are all answered in this book and I really gained valuable insight.
As a graduating senior I'm in the process of looking for a job, planning my future, figuring out how to pay for everything, and planning to live on my own which can be a scary thing but this book definitely give some good guidelines to help get you started so you don't flounder once you leave the safety net world of college.Read more ›
Unlike many guides, No More Ramen never falsely proposes the simplicity and ease in which goals may be achieved. Aretakis lets the reader know what can truly be expected, whether or not it is of a difficult nature. He acknowledges the patience, determination, and sincere hard work needed in the work force as well as in life. However, he also notes easier ways in which hard long-term goals may be achieved. Furthermore, Aretakis presents key questions the reader should ask his or herself, as well as step by step guides to help break down different procedures and courses for action. He covers everything from choosing the right career path to landing that perfect job, and beyond.
Although No More Ramen targets career goals, it holds invaluable advice on succeeding in all areas of life from relationships to personal health.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just gave this to my daughter's 20-something friend (female) for Christmas. She loved it, and seemed very sincere about that. Read morePublished on December 28, 2009 by Nancy S. Peralta
In this day and age there are a lot of books on the shelves that have been written to aid people going through certain stages in their life. Read morePublished on December 9, 2007 by MJP
After reading No More Ramen: The 20-something's Real World Survival Guide, by Nicholas Aretakis, my advice to prospective readers of this book is: do not be misled by the title;... Read morePublished on November 29, 2007 by Raymond Lee
Penn State, Stephanie Kirkpatrick, September 26, 2007
As I was creating my resume to go to the upcoming career fair, I was confused about what I was going to do. Read more
This is the book your looking for. I am a recent college grad and finding this book helped me so much. Read morePublished on September 24, 2007 by David Sergi
Ramen noodles, or "oodles of noodles" as my family calls them, are a staple food for college students. Read morePublished on September 17, 2007 by M. J. Block
No More Ramen is the perfect book whether you are a college senior or a professional in the workplace. It is the A-Z resource on how to succeed as a person. Read morePublished on August 29, 2007 by Aubie Girl