Book Review - Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads

Book Review -  Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads
Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career
Authors: Sheila J. Curran and Suzanne Greenwald
Publishers: Ten Speed Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-58008-709-4

In my ten years as a career counselor, I’ve read a lot of great books for new graduates. But, I’ll have to admit, this book is one of the most unique!

One thing I like about this book is that its tone is not “preachy”, and it is a fast & fun read. Each chapter is focused around an “interview” with a relatively recent graduate. During the interviews, the graduates discuss how they got to where they are in their careers, and then the authors expertly “weave” their own advice throughout the interview. Each graduate’s “smart moves” are highlighted to help the reader to discover ways to develop their own careers, whether that means deciding on a career path, looking for a first job, or moving up the corporate ladder. Each chapter is also filled with special tips and sidebars to accentuate important points.

Another thing that I love about this book is the creative way that the authors organized the index. It’s a breeze for a reader to find a story that fits their personal dilemma. For example, if you are looking for a career that fits with your personal lifestyle preferences, try reading Sharon’s story on page 87 to see what worked for her. Or, if you are looking for an international job and you need some inspiration, then Emily’s story on page 225 is a great place to start!

Just like Liberal Arts degrees in general, this book is full of diverse ideas, careers, and life stories. In my own practice as a career counselor, I’ve always told my students that the best way to find career success is to talk to someone who’s been down the road before you, and this book offers you just that: lots and lots of real stories from people who are finding and fulfilling their dreams.

This would be a great book for any college student, regardless of their college major. It might also be helpful for parents who are trying to help their college-aged children, and it would certainly be a helpful resource for any counseling office. Great pick!

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