I just received two copies of Grads: Take Charge of Your First Year After College by Kathryn Marion. One’s a keepsake for me, since I wrote a small “bonus” chapter in the Money section of the book. But the other copy is a gift for you.
You: For me?
You: How do I find out if it’s for me?
Simple. Include a question in the comments field below for Kathryn. She’ll pick her favorite questions and answer them for you in a future post. In addition, she’ll randomly pick one questioner as the “winner” of the book. She’s already autographed it for you.
Grads: Take Charge covers three main sections:
- Your Career
- Your Money
- Your Life
As such, nearly any topic related to starting in the real world is fair game for Kathryn. Again, Kathryn will write her guest post in a week or so to respond to your questions. So, get them in now and have a chance to win her book.
Some Grads Take: Charge “Clips”
The book is written for people with short attention spans (seemingly everyone these days) and a desire for actionable tips. Nearly the entire book is comprised of bullet points. A couple of my favorites:
Don’t choose a dealership based on their convenient location. This isn’t grocery shopping – the goal is to buy the right car from a reputable dealer at the best price. If you have to drive to the edge of town to get a great deal, do it.”
Amen, Kathyrn. Several weeks ago, my wife and I drove more than an hour each way to pick up a car after negotiating the best price at that particular dealer. We passed at least five other Honda dealers along the way to the “winner.”
Another good tip, from the “Job” section:
Don’t announce to your coworkers (or anyone else at the company) that you’re planning to leave.”
Couldn’t agree more. When you’ve resigned, fine. Until then, keep quiet. Kind of obvious in the down-market we have today, yet shocking to too many when jobs are plentiful. I’ve personally seen this work out quite badly more than once. You want the job transition to occur on your timetable. Once it’s well known you’re heading out the door, you just might be pushed.
What questions do you have for Kathryn?
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