From time to time, we like to review some of the books available for parents of college students. There is a wealth of literature available to help parents cope with the transition to college and the changes that occur throughout the college years. We’ve created lists of recommended reading, and there is something for everyone. See our Resources and Tools page for suggestions.
Parents should read Kat Clowes’ book Put College to Work, but more importantly, they should give a copy to their college students. Subtitled, How to Use College to the Fullest to Discover Your Strengths and Find a Job You Love Before You Graduate, this book offers practical advice to students in a tone and manner they will read. The book is clearly written for students, and the author’s chatty, readable style will appeal to these readers.
Clowes begins her book with the timeline of her own life. She explains clearly to students that she made mistakes, or missed opportunities, and she’s here to help them avoid those same mistakes. The realism of her story is compelling. She’s obviously found success — and fulfillment — but it took her a long time to get there.
Put College to Work is divided into four sections, which build upon each other. The book begins by helping students learn about themselves — Put Yourself to Work. Students learn the importance of knowing who they are before they can begin to forge their path. Section two, titled Succeed in School, helps students make the most of their time and experiences in college. Section three, Succeed After College, gets to the nitty gritty of using the resources of college, such as the career center, internships, conferences, and alumni networks, to move into the world of work. The final section, Having a Particular Set of Skills, helps students think specifically about how to make the most of job fairs, networking, resumes and cover letters, interviews and social media profiles.