I met Justin Driscoll a few months ago and was intrigued by one of his job functions. Basically, he speaks at colleges and universities across Pennsylvania to motivate and educate the students with regard to their career. How cool is that to go back to school but as an expert, still relating to the people you are speaking to, to help them figure out what they want to be when they grow up?
I finally got my hands on his book 7 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Graduated and just finished it last night. From his blog you can see what the seven things are:
- Meeting The Need
- Real Life Work Experience Matters More Than Textbooks
- Willingness To Relocate = Finding A Job Faster
- Innovative Employees Are Invaluable
- Integrity and Character STILL Matter In Business
- Those Who Arenâ€™t Afraid to Change Will Never Be Unemployed
- Find Your Passion and Not Your JOB!
Here’s why this book is so different than anything that I have read so far: its written for the student. I realize that all the books that I’ve reviewed, or will review, should be read by students, but this book is literally written for the kid that doesn’t have a clue (scared of the real world, or still thinks they are going to teach all of us old geezers what the real world really is ;))
Justin spends his professional life talking in this forum, meeting with HR and hiring managers, and helping these kids, and it really comes across in his book. He writes things that I never really thought about, and understands the “what do you want to be when you grow up and how do you get there” space better than I do. You see, I kind of always knew what I wanted to do, so I’m not sure how I would have accepted this book. But, as a parent (and a mentor) I would recommend this book to any one that’s between a junior in high school and college graduation.
Justin’s personal stories, passion and observations make this a fun, light read that is quite easy to get through. Forget the corporate or business speak, this is written on the level that a high school kid with an interest in “what’s next” can devour (its a short read). The mix of philosophy, tactics and motivation all contribute to the flavor of this book. He carries the ideas and motivation forward regularly on his blog.
If you get this book for someone like that I recommend that you read it also and then use it as a starting point for dialogue. Perhaps this will be one of the answers to getting kids out of the house before they turn 30 🙂 🙂
So let’s use this as a starting point – is there anything that YOU wish YOU knew before you graduated?