Career Talk

/ 3 years ago /

 Article by Alex Ekong

9 of the best careers books to read this World Book Day

Yessir, today is World Book Day! All over the world, people are rejoicing in the beauty of the written word. And all over Instagram, resentful toddlers are being dressed up as famous literary characters.

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All that being the case, we thought we’d hit you with a list of Debut’s favourite careers-related books. Some old, some new, all of huge benefit to anyone just stepping out into the wild world of work.

How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Of course, no list of this kind would be complete without this on it. This book blurred the lines of personal and business relationships and changed the way we network forever. Still tons to learn from it about how your friendships can help your work life too. Alternatively, you could be the Simon Pegg of your office. Your call.

Chaos Monkeys by Antonio Garcia Martinez

Brilliantly named for the software tool used to crash Amazon Web Services, Chaos Monkey tells the tales of the Silicon Valley disruptors changing our world for the better. Written by a man who had high positions at Twitter and Facebook, it’s full of audacious stories and dirty little secrets.

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff  by Richard Carlson

‘Stress in nothing but an acceptable form of mental illness’. Can we get an amen? Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff dispels the whole myth that you have to be stressed to be productive, showing how relaxed people can be high-achievers too.

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins


Feel like you’re here for a purpose but have yet to discover what that is. Jeff Goins’ The Art of Work seeks to help you find what your life’s work is and how to get there. Crucial if you want to work with passion and purpose.

The Creator’s Code by Amy Wilkinson

Wanna know how you can get the Chaos Monkey life for yourself? Amy Wilkinson breaks down the genetic make-up behind the most successful creators to find out what makes them special. Insights from the founders of LinkedIn, PayPal and UnderArmour abound.

What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles

There’s a difference between being qualified enough to get a job and being able to get hired. Richard Bolles breaks it down to core in this thorough guide to the job hunting experience.

A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink

A book telling us all about how creatives are going to run the world? We’re definitely interested. A Whole New Mind tells of a future run by right-brained people – your artists, inventors, storytellers etc. Read it and tell your mum again about why you should become a novelist instead of a lawyer.

The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke by Suze Orman

A book title that LITERALLY COULD NOT APPLY TO US MORE. Orman’s book teaches the basics of fiscal responsibility to new graduates. Living the #brokelife no more.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Of course, we had to shout out our Women In Tech! Sheryl Sandberg is Facebook’s COO, a boss in the truest sense of the word. Her book gives teaches all about what women go through at work daily, while giving women the tools to achieve more success.

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