If you’ve just finished your university studies, you may be a little worried about what to do next – after all, not everyone knows exactly which direction to take after education. And that’s fine. Leaving your friends behind to enter the working world can be a lonely and confusing time, but students all over the world will be in the exact same situation and some of these have turned their past experiences into words. Here, with business cards supplier Where The Trade Buys, here are 5 IDEAL books for graduates deciding on their next step.

‘THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP’

Not all the successes in your graduate life will hinge upon your ability to develop a killer curriculum vitae, that’s for sure. Indeed, at university, you may have realised that you ended up putting yourself under unnecessary stress, simply because your house was a tip and everything (Neighbours, KFC in bed, cider) a priority above cleaning it. As opposed to tidying on a daily basis, Marie Kondo walks us through her guide on how cleaning up once and for all will have one of a hugely significant impact on our day to day lives. The author suggests how a thorough decluttering will translate into massively increased productivity, and we’re very much here for it. 

‘SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THAT?’

The title of Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius’ self-help style script is something you’re going to have to get used to hearing over the next matter of months. For an adult who has ‘got their life sorted’ this is a favourite question. Condescending, patronising and clueless, make no mistake.

Coming towards the end of your final academic year, and throughout the following year, unless you’ve already landed the job of your dreams, you’re probably going to be considering staying on in education. As the authors explain, remaining in the cradle of academia is by no means a negative step. The book goes on to respond to the question with a solid answer, giving you clarity in what your post-graduate life will entail.

‘THE TWO HOUR JOB SEARCH: USING TECHNOLOGY TO GET THE RIGHT JOB FASTER’

Steve Dalton’s 2012 manual will prove a trusted companion to both graduates and those seeking work alike. Despite the fact that the internet has provided us with the opportunity to sift through a huge range of jobs that we previously might never have known about, actually managing to find the right one for us can prove to be a rather complex task. Organisation is the key focus of Dalton’s piece of work, as he points to the different ways in which technology can be used to whittle down the job hunt into something succinct and successful. 

‘MAKE YOUR BED: LITTLE THINGS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE’

Admiral William McRaven, a retired US Navy SEAL, delivered a speech to the University of Texas, which has received more than ten million views on YouTube. Talking about his career, he noted how when he was training, he saw the task of making a perfect bed every morning fairly mundane and in some respects pointless, as he was going on to become a fighter, not home fixer. Everything has now changed.

William, the author of Make Your Bed, sees carrying out that simplistic task at the start of each and every day as the most important thing — as that is the first challenge of the day achieved. The book goes on to talk the reader through the ten ‘life-changing principles’ which Admiral McRaven picked up during his time in service, and how these steps will help create a better you and give you a better relationship with the world.

‘HOW TO WIN FRIENDS & INFLUENCE PEOPLE’

Okay, so once you’ve managed to land a job, despite the fact it may only be a stop-gap, you need to make friends, otherwise your journey is going to be an incredibly tedious one. Unlike university, this isn’t going to be an easy experience. The first day in a new job isn’t going to be like the first day walking into university, because frankly, at this stage, not everyone will be in the same boat. You might be the most likeable person on this side of the Atlantic but that doesn’t mean everyone will warm to you. 

In 2018, Warren Buffet was ranked as the third richest person in the world, and he credits this 1936 book with transforming his life. The American businessman and philanthropist discovered a copy of Dale Carnegie’s guide on his grandfather’s bookshelf and suggests he has applied it through his career, or so the story goes. Having shifted over 15 million copies worldwide, the book is ranked within the top 100 best-selling books ever and is certainly a must-read, regardless of your situation.