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Suggested Readings


What Color is Your Parachute: A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career
by Richard Bolles

"WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? HOT AGAIN, 30 YEARS AFTER DEBUT." So ran the headline this past October in the Seattle Times. Actually, it has been "hot" - the best-selling job-hunting book in the world - year after year, for more than three decades now, so much so that it is referred to as "the job-hunters' bible." Each year it is updated, and sometimes vastly rewritten, by the author, giving first-time and veteran readers alike something new to discover. For those who have not read an updated version in recent years, this is a reminder of why, in the words of Fortune magazine, "PARACHUTE remains the gold standard of career guides."

You're On Your Own (But I'm Here if You Need Me) : Mentoring Your Child During the College Years
by Marjorie Savage

Parents whose kids are away at college have a tough tightrope to walk: they naturally want to stay connected to their children, yet they also need to let go. What's more, kids often send mixed messages: they crave space, but they rely on their parents' advice and assistance. Not surprisingly, it's hard to know when it's appropriate to get involved in your child's life and when it's better to back off.

You're On Your Own (But I'm Here If You Need Me) helps parents identify the boundaries between necessary involvement and respect for their child's independence. Marjorie Savage, who as a parent herself empathizes with moms and dads, but who as a student services professional understands kids, offers advice on wide-ranging issues.

Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years, Fourth Edition
by Karen Levin-Coburn & Madge Lawrence-Treager

Unlike other college guides targeted at students or about the admissions process, Letting Go is a compassionate, practical and up-to-the-minute self-help handbook for parents dealing with the confusing and conflicting emotions of watching their children go off to college. Using many anecdotes from students, teachers and administrators on the lines, the chapters lead parents through the transitional period from junior year of high school to senior year of college. The authors explain the mind-set of today's college students and what their hopes and fears are and offer parents help in figuring out when to encourage their child's independence and when to come to the rescue. With all-new sections on campus life, as well as the latest facts on the Internet and its impact on the admissions process, academics and student life, this is a must-have guide for every concerned parent.

When Your Kid Goes to College; A Parents' Survival Guide
by Carol Barkin

You've taught them how to do their laundry, brought them a year's supply of toothpaste and shampoo, and lectured them on the do's and don'ts of life beyond your home. The time has come for your child to leave for college - but are you prepared to say goodbye? Written by a mother who survived the perils of packing her own child off to school, When Your Kid Goes to College provides supportive, reassuring, and helpful tips for handling this inevitable but difficult separation.

Majoring in Success: Building Your Career While Still in College

by Anthony Arcieri & Marianne E. Green

Want to jump-start your career while you are still hitting the books? College is about more than courses, grades, and majors. It is also rich in "experiential learning" opportunities-- internships, work study, campus activities, volunteerism, and co-operative education. Majoring in Success shows you how to use these opportunities to offset college costs, connect with future employers, build a strong resume, prepare for job interviews, and more!

Major in Success
by Patrick Combs & Jack Canfield

How do you figure out what career you would truly love while you're still in college? What's the best way to pick a major? How can you get and stay motivated? Finally, a book that answers the important questions about being a successful student! With so much at stake during the college years - your career, your success, your future, your happiness - you need smart, savvy, and inspiring ideas to ensure you excel. Author Patrick Combs helps you discover your passion, and reveals how to make the most of your college years and land a dream job. In this revised edition, you'll find new resources, updated websites, the latest job market research, a new handy appendix, and fresh success stories. Whatever your dream, whatever your major, whatever your age, MAJOR IN SUCCESS is an investment in your future.