9 Books Every Grad Needs to Read

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Graduation can be simultaneously exciting and nerve-wracking—it's not always clear which path to follow or how to go about embarking on a meaningful career. Here are the books our team would have loved to receive as we took those first steps into 'the real world'—as well as a few lighter reads.

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60 Seconds and You're Hired!: "Author Robin Ryan shares great techniques and strategies to land your dream job. There are more than 100 answers to tough questions, things to avoid at interviews, questions you should ask and more. This book definitely prepped me for interviews and landing the jobs I want!" —Justyna, Merchandising Intern

Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity: "From doodling on the back of business cards to starting a popular blog, author Hugh MacLeod shares his tips for tapping into creativity." —Kena, Co-founder 

The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City: "Toronto artist Misha Glouberman shares his thoughts on everything from how to make friends in a new city to how often you should visit your parents. His simple, straightforward perspective makes this book an easy and delightful read—plus, the New Yorker named it one of the best books of 2011." —Lori Mastronardi, Editor

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Oh, The Places You'll Go!: "A sweet reminder of childhood with an inspiring message for the future." —Gavin, Merchandising Assistant

The Penguin French Phrasebook: Fourth Edition (Phrase Book, Penguin): "With nothing to hold you down, you can now take a spontaneous trip to Europe (Paris would be my go-to!). Better start brushing up on my French!" —Steph, Graphic Designer

The Elements of Style Illustrated: "A great gift for any grad pursuing a career in journalism, media, or business—although good writing skills are a bonus in any field (plus the illustrations are gorgeous)." —Maddie, Social Media + Web Coordinator

What's Next: "Inspire, encourage and delight a graduate in the next chapter of their life." —Jen S., Assistant Merchandising Manager

Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality: "Written by a very talented and driven business-school classmate of mine, this book gives practical and real examples of how to get sh*t done." - Jen, Co-founder

33 Habits of Highly Creative People: Making the most of their creativity is integral to our Makers' careers, and they have some fantastic tips on overcoming creative blocks. Share the link with a recent grad, or download it for free!

grad Plus, choose from 65+ other thoughtful gifts for grads here.


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