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Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career Paperback – May 1, 2006
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I frequently lend out my two copies of Smart Moves, and believe it should be required reading for any student seriously considering career issues.
Thanks for writing it!
Professor and Entrepreneur, Brown University
As they do, authors Sheila Curran (executive director of the career center at Duke University) and Suzanne Greenwald (an educational advisor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) point out the "smart moves" the graduates have made along the way, so that you can easily pick up on both the attitudes and behaviors that lead to career success--even when you don't have a plan mapped out ahead of time (which describes the vast majority of those profiled in the book).
The authors also devote the first 40 or so pages of the book to the universal "smart moves" made by liberal arts graduates who go on to career success. The most critical is No. 5: "Find Your Hook"--i.e., "a way to differentiate [yourself] from other job seekers"--whether it's a special skill you have or a unique experiential background that you bring to the table.
If you love stories--especially stories that will illustrate important career concepts you need to know as a college student or recent grad--buying Smart Moves is, well, a smart move.
The book is very simply an excellent example of calculated risks - a series of stories of graduates who weren't afraid to take their own paths after college. The lessons resonate across wide demographics.
Why? The careers of accomplished executives and managers make sense in retrospect. But you rarely hear about how these people made it. This is the book where can you learn how - how to build an unorthodox career from unlikely beginnings, how to accumulate the skills you will need for your ultimate job while working in positions only tangential to your dreams, how not to get discouraged when things get rough.
For anyone thinking outside the book, especially students at universities where the tide takes you towards Wall Street or law school, check out this book.
If you've ever thought about pursuing a career that isn't exactly the same as your major, the stories in Smart Moves provide just the evidence for convincing yourself (and perhaps your parents) that it is possible to find a cool job, pay the bills, and contribute something meaningful to the world - and that, no matter how uncertain your future may seem, if you follow your dreams, somehow everything will turn out okay.
graduating friends. In fact, since I first picked up Smart Moves, I've had
countless conversations with soon-to-be college graduates, and also with
my high school seniors, in which I've touted the timely wisdom of this
book. The writing is snappy and smart; the organization, nothing short of
brilliant. If young people are struggling with the question of "What do I
DO with this education I've been investing in all these years," Smart
Moves points the way to fascinating answers, using real stories and cogent
analysis of the sometimes zig-zaggy path that leads to satisfying and
indeed profitable life work. This is a great book, with a great message
and a practical outlook.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It seems like a book that every college liberal art major should read when they are seriously considering their career options ahead of them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by waribah
I am an Academic Advisor at Texas State University and have been in higher education in a variety of other roles supporting students and their families since 1993. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by B
I was looking for something to help me guide my students as they considered their futures. There isn't much here beyond common sense advice - and precious little of that.Published on February 23, 2013 by Ralph L. Wahlstrom
There are so many books out there giving advice to college grads - but few written by pros with the years of experience and wisdom under their belts as these authors. Read morePublished on April 7, 2010 by Kate Kavanagh
If you're coming to the end of your college career and wondering, "Where the heck do I go from here?" this book is for you. Read morePublished on July 16, 2009 by Kelly Giles
Others have written good reviews so I'll keep mine short. This is an excellent book, in part because it's very readable (you don't feel you're being lectured). Read morePublished on February 10, 2008 by VidReview
I wish all college students would read this book. Provides insights and truths about the real world of work. Read morePublished on January 11, 2008 by L. Choy
As a sophomore in college, I'm almost to the point of entering the "real world." But instead of feeling unprepared and anxious about this process, I am actually looking forward to... Read morePublished on October 1, 2007 by B. Zarian
A refreshing and timely read for every recent college graduate. Curran helps job-seekers (and their parents! Read morePublished on September 11, 2007 by regretfreelife