No matter what industry you’re interested in, no matter where you’re looking for work, having a solid knowledge of business and of yourself is an essential quality that employers are looking for. They want to see that you have an understanding of how business works and how you can impact that business.
A great way to learn is from reading. We’ve put together a list of 5 book we believe every young professional should read. There are lots of books out there that deal with specific industries and personal growth. Don’t feel like this list is the be all and end all. Find a book that resonates with you and changes your outlook. Most importantly, keep reading!
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Economics might not be for everyone, but finding out the relationships between different things, and exploring how those relationships affect one another is key for understanding how your job, business and industry work. Freackonomics takes a subject many find boring and makes it interesting and engaging.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
To find out how to be the most effective person you can be, pick up this book like so many others have. Constantly referred to, 7 Habits is still seen as one of the best books about making the most of your life. Being an effective person leads to becoming an effective leader. Being an effective leader is essential to your growth as an individual and as a professional.
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
Who here is a big fan of change? Probably not too many of you. Most of us aren’t big fans of change because it brings the unknown. We can’t see what is on the other side of change and that can be scary. Who Moved My Cheese deals with this issue head on through the telling of a simple tale. It is a powerful tale about preparing and managing for the future in simple terms.
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
For many in business, Malcolm Gladwell is a household name. He has written a number of brilliantly researched books looking at topics ranging from how we think to why there are so many pasta sauces. In Outliers, he takes a look at what has led to those who have excelled. From Bill Gates to the Beatles, Gladwell shines a light on what made some of the greatest minds so successful.
Where Good Ideas Come From by Stephen Johnson
Where do creative people get their ideas? How do they find them? Some may think creativity is something you have or you don’t, but it’s not that cut and dry. Innovation is an essential part of business and being able to find those ideas is as important as implementing them. This book gets you there. It’s so good, Bill Gates recommends it!
You always want to be learning, and these 5 books are just a start. Find some time in your day to get a little reading done, and you’ll be well on your way to finding career success.