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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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“Smart Moves is a marvelous book. Marvelous! It stands head and shoulders above most other books for college students, recent graduates, and their families.”—Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute?". . . [a] terrific book. . . advice is both encouraging and down-to-earth."—Fortune Read a Washington Post review of Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads
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* Career advice for current and future liberal arts majors and graduates from two career counselors, featuring both straightforward job-searching advice and real-life stories from grads who have taken unique paths to their dream careers. * Sidebars and distill the "smart moves" that turned liberal arts degrees into career success. * Debunks the top four myths for liberal arts majors: a liberal arts degree is a lousy investment, you have to go to grad school, your major equals your career, and GPA is everything.
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What really makes this book a pleasure to read is it's format. At the beginning are extraordinarly helpful pieces of advice on what to do in and once you graduate from college. Next, the book goes on to provide real-world examples of people who are enjoying their careers in just about every major field. Smart Moves chronicles their stories while not only including their successes, but their mistakes as well.
At home, my mom and my 17 year old brother looked through the book while it was laying down on the coffee table. They both loved it. Here is what my mom had to say:
"Your purpose in life is not to find yourself...it is to create yourself."
My son, a student at Duke University, received this book from the University the summer between his freshman and sophomore years. He asked me to read it, and I was delighted to find it offered, through biographical examples, some truisms that we had been trying to explain to him.
1. Follow your passion; your happiness and enthusiasm will attract the money you need to survive.
2. Be willing to work hard.
3. It doesn't always matter what you major in, there is a good chance you will change careers several times in your life.
4. Every job you have will teach you something about yourself and give you the experience to make yourself available for the next opportunity.
5. Remain open and flexible.
6. Remain curious and research-oriented.
7. Use your summers between school years to take internships or volunteer in the areas of your interest.
8. Explore the career counseling center early during your undergraduate years.
I felt the lively and entertaining writing style of the authors, Sheila Curran and Suzanne Greenwald, made this book a fun and informative read for both undergraduate students and their families.
Beth Zarian, author, Around the World with Historical Fiction and Folktales.
Once again, I'd recommend Smart Moves to anyone who has an open mind!