New Career Center Books

This month, our list focuses on recent graduates, who may be starting to worry about the uncertain road ahead. Not to fear, the Career Center can help! Try one of these titles. You may place a hold on any Career Center book through the East Baton Rouge Parish Library website.

How to Get Money for College
by Peterson’s Educational Publishing

This enormous book aims to help you navigate the labyrinth of college financial aid. It is a compendium of information about financial aid at US universities. It includes detailed profiles on hundreds of schools’ financial aid opportunities, a state-by-state listing of public scholarship and grant programs, and a quick reference chart to help you compare your options.

Better than College: How to Build a Successful Life without a Four-Year Degree
by Blake Bolles

Have you ever thought that college may not be the best fit for you? Are you afraid that without a college degree, you won’t be able to have a successful career? This book questions much of the conventional wisdom about the necessity of a college degree. It suggests different ways of gaining marketable knowledge and skills, with example success stories, self-assessments, and ideas for ways to get started.

101 Weird Ways to Make Money: Cricket Farming, Repossessing Cars, and Other Jobs with Big Upside and Not Much Competition
by Steve Gillman

You’re done with school, but not sure what to do in the real world? Not crazy about the idea of working in an office? Try this list of unconventional jobs which were almost certainly not options on the career tests you took in high school. The book is divided into subsections based on the type of work (Working Outdoors, Internet Opportunities, etc.), and each job listing includes a description of the work, information about pay, and resources to find out more and get started in the field. The options include everything from Rodeo Clown to Chimney Sweep to Overseas English Teacher.

Written by Lynnette Lee