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Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want Paperback – March 29, 2011
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“Life After College is less a book than a compass. It's also an interactive pep talk, a plan of attack and a treasure trove of razor-sharp advice.”
Barbara Fittipaldi, CEO of Center for New Futures
“This is your real life – not a practice life. It’s important to stop for a moment to think about what really matters to you, what lights you up, what you truly want in life – and then to design a roadmap to that future. Jenny’s book is that roadmap. She helps you explore your unique genius, gives you fast-acting strategies and innovative exercises and shows you how to make your personal and professional dreams a reality. Most people spend more time planning their vacations than planning their lives. Miracles will happen when you follow the inspiring and practical advice Jenny offers. Give it as a gift to everyone you know who wants to get the most out of life.”
Kevin Smokler, co-founder of BookTour.com
“Jenny Blake's Life After College should be called The Rest of Your Life After College. It's the smart, useful get-up-and-go guide we all need to not only live big, but to live better.”
Neil Pasricha, Author of
The Book of Awesome
“A book that solves all your life's problems and gives you a big wet kiss afterwards? AWESOME!”
Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur
"Life After College is the perfect guide for the smart, motivated college graduate who does not want to spend the next twenty years blindly tripping through life to find happiness. Her advice will not only save you time and money, it will get your career off to a roaring start so you can enjoy what you are doing, while you are doing it. This book should be required reading for every college senior."
“…it will resonate with anyone who is trying to figure out what they want – not just folks in their early 20’s who are navigating life without dining halls and class schedules. …In Life After College, Blake’s debut title, Twitter meets What Color Is Your Parachute. Using the short and concise format that has made Twitter and other social networking sites so popular with young professionals, the book reads like a portable life coach with tips from Blake herself, crowd-sourced information and exercises pertaining to 9 separate major life areas”
Lindsey Pollak, author of Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World
“Jenny Blake is a rock star of her generation and her book, Life After College, shares her energy, enthusiasm and wisdom. The book is chock-full of tips, tricks, tweets and the genuine empathy of someone who has been in the shoes of her readers. Recent grads will love her writing style and the book's exercises, which encourage readers to personalize their own journeys.”
Christine Hassler, Author of 20 Something, 20 Everything and The 20 Something Manifesto, Life Coach, Speaker
“Jenny really understands what it is like to be a twenty-something in today’s society. This book serves as roadmap for navigating the various aspects of your life during your twenties. Jenny shares wonderful tips, practical advice and stories to help inspire individuals to live their truest dreams.”
Chris Guillebeau, Author of The Art of Non-Conformity
“College is easy: you get a schedule of classes and a four-year plan. Life is hard: you have to make the plan yourself. Thankfully, Jenny's book helps you make the plan, with plenty of time for both career and life itself. Jenny's great book lives up to its hefty promise—read it to get what you really want. Don't wait! ”
Alexandra Levit, Author of
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“I wish someone had given me this book twenty years ago! The wisdom and maturity behind the tips and insights in Life After College are simply mind-boggling coming from a twenty-something author. Jenny Blake has written a guide to life that would enlighten and equip anyone, not just college students. What a gift this book will be to anyone who is lucky enough to read it.”
Ruth Ann Harnisch, President of The Harnisch Foundation and Founder of Thrillionaires.org
“Jenny was once my coaching client, and now her book is coaching ME. Yes, even experienced coaches can benefit from the back-to-basics self-examination that Life After College requires of its readers. The book is chockablock with tips, exercises, anecdotes and ideas that can help anyone create an independent, happy, fulfilling life.”
Adrian Klaphaak, Career Coach and Founder of A Path That Fits, Inc.
“Pithy not preachy, and way more than just good advice, Life After College distills the essential knowledge that you need to navigate your twenties, and coaches you through the process of implementing it to create meaningful results in your life, work, and relationships.”
Phil Villarreal, Author of
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“Jenny Blake is an overwhelmingly positive voice for the Millennial generation. Here is someone who is working her way up the ladder at one of the most prestigious companies in the world while pursuing her dream. Read this book, become Jenny's friend, and be privy to all the life skills and knowledge she has learned along the way...in Twitter-sized bites!”
Dr. Susan Biali, M.D. Wellness expert, coach, international speaker and author of
From the Inside Flap
Need some straightforward guidance on how to maneuver the real world? Do you wish there was a roadmap that would help you figure out how to get where you want to go? Life After College IS that guide. Jenny Blake provides a powerful combination of tips, inspiration, quotes, and coaching exercises designed to help you navigate EVERY area of your life, including:
- Life: Your Big Picture
- Friends & Family
- Dating & Relationships
- Fun & Relaxation
- Personal Growth
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My focus is on helping young professionals create fulfilling corporate careers. Jenny addresses this topic in what she calls a "deep dive" on moving up the corporate ladder. She provides 10 really great common sense pieces of advice. I'm not going to steal her thunder here - you'll need to buy the book to see all 10 - but here are my three favorites...
* Networking is key. (Yes, even inside your company.)
* Want a promotion? Ask for more responsibility instead.
* Focus on impact, not just output.
Jenny calls the book a roadmap - an apt description. It is an easy and fun read. I highly recommend it to any young professional who wants to create a fulfilling career and personal like - and that's pretty much everybody.
Life After College is basically just Life. Anyone looking for guidance, coaching, or advice in creating the next big steps in life should check out this book. Once we extricate ourselves from the cushy educational systems that provide for us, once we flee the nest and leave our parent's homes, there isn't really a good rulebook or toolkit that tells you how to get things done and where to go next. After college, there's just an uncharted path, and not much in the way of support or guidance. Many people stumble along the way, overwhelmed by the enormity of all there is to figure out: from money (how much do I make? where does it go? how do I save? what should I spend it on?) to friends (wait, we don't all live together anymore!) to the "big picture" of your life (what are my goals, what are my values, who do I want to be?)
It's been many years (for me) since I graduated college, but I found myself writing all over the book as soon as I got it, filling out the notes and ideas I had for my life and realizing how much this organization system can apply to anyone, at anytime. Jenny's next move should be making a set of books that records these processes over time - so that I can do these exercises every few years and map my progress over time!
I didn't buy just one book - I bought one for me, and one for every single college junior, senior, and recent grad that I knew, and I sent them out as presents. The stories, the lessons, and the love that pour from this book will make anyone curious about the skills needed after college incredibly happy and relieved once they read this book. Jenny - and her book - are an inspiration and a model for building your life into what you want it to be.
2. the book is more of a reflective journal and there are many pages for writing
3. the advice is short, too short, and those parts of the book can be all read in one sitting
4. the author provides a list of suggested reading for further understanding of each topic. I would just toss Life After College and pick a book out of the suggested reading for a more thorough reading that would probably be more meaningful and would have a greater impact.
Overall the book is okay but I think I expected more.