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Now What, Grad?: Your Path to Success After College by Chris Palmer

Many soon-to-be graduates are worried about their future. They stress about whether they'll find a job, if it will be fulfilling, whether they will earn enough to pay off their student loans, and whether they will fail and disappoint their families. Young people need to learn many things that colleges don't teach, including how to behave professionally, how to collaborate, how to be life-long learners, and how to be resourceful, resilient, and ethical. This book will teach students the things they need to succeed in the real world, such as how to organize a job search, how to ace job interviews, how to manage time effectively, how to manage and reduce stress, how to be an effective leader, how to run a meeting well, how to survive a bad performance review, how to become a powerful speaker, how to network, and many other skills that are the keys to success and fulfillment. Visit to hear Professor Palmer talk about some of the book's key points.

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I remember the panic that gripped me my senior year of college when I realized I had to find a job that would start my adult life. The complexities of the modern economy have made that search even more frightening, but Chris Palmer's Now What, Grad? is a wonderful confidence booster. The book takes readers by the hand and guides them step-by-step through the most difficult parts of that transition. I love the emphasis on thinking first about what you really want and identifying those happy parts of your life that already hold clues to what you should be doing. Get out a note pad as you read the book and by the end you will have a to-do list that will get you up every morning, ready to move forward. -- Jay Mathews, Washington Post columnist
Chris Palmer has written a fabulous must-have for anyone graduating, or embarking on their next steps: He manages to entertain, while providing not only practical tips for making important decisions, but a profoundly important moral framework for navigating the modern world. An inspiring contribution for this generation's leaders-to-be. -- Pamela Meyer, author, "Liespotting"
Chris Palmer is a devoted mentor to his students who graduate as much more than wet clay. Through a treasure trove of pragmatic tips, Palmer dispenses wisdom to all graduates to launch their adult lives with confidence and integrity. While encouraging big dreams, Palmer backs up his college grad manifesto with sensible guidance about how to achieve them. Meaningful career planning is just part of his alchemy. At its heart, this is a book about the architecture of a balanced life. The Palmer plan preaches healthy living, good eating, playful time, and dedication to family and friends. It's all integrated into the challenge of a career that plays up individual strengths and passions. This book is a gift to all of us who want to tune up our lifestyles to be fully present for all the wonders of a well-lived life. -- Roberta Baskin, award-winning investigative reporter
Chris Palmer's Now What, Grad? helps students and recent graduates answer the title question with practical tips and useful stories drawn from his own rich career as well as from the lived experience of many of his students. Any new graduate reading this book with not only learn the nuts and bolts of finding a job and how to be an effective professional, but also how to live one's life with meaning and purpose. -- Cornelius M. Kerwin, president, American University

About Chris Palmer

Chris Palmer is a professor, speaker, author, and wildlife film producer who has spearheaded the production of more than 300 hours of original programming for prime-time television and the giant screen IMAX industry. He founded the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University School of Communication in 2005, a year after joining AU's full-time faculty as Distinguished Film Producer in Residence. He regularly gives speeches and workshops on a variety of topics, including how to radically improve one's success and productivity, how to give effective presentations, how to network effectively, how to raise money, and how to motivate and engage students. His first two books were Shooting in the Wild (2010) and Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker (2015).

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction Foreword Part I: Reflect on Your Life Chapter 1. Life after College, a Time of Transition Chapter 2. Align Your Actions with Your Values Chapter 3. Develop Your Personal Mission Statement Part II: Land a Job Chapter 4. Organize Your Job Search Chapter 5. Create Your Skill List Chapter 6. Be Super Employable Chapter 7. Ace Your Interviews Chapter 8. Avoid the Worst Mistakes Chapter 9. Think Outside the Box Part III: Maximize Your Productivity Chapter 10. Manage Your Time Effectively Chapter 11. Make Your To-Do List Work for You Chapter 12. Use E-mail Effectively and Efficiently Chapter 13. Manage and Reduce Stress Chapter 14. Increase Your Vitality Chapter 15. Boost Your Productivity Even More Part IV: Communicate Effectively Chapter 16. Be an Effective Leader Chapter 17. Run Your Meetings Effectively Chapter 18. Foster Civility and Courtesy in the Workplace Chapter 19. Survive Bad Performance Reviews Chapter 20. Become a Powerful Speaker Chapter 21. Use Stories Effectively Chapter 22. Moderate Panels Effectively Part V: Make Meaningful Connections Chapter 23. Have Your Elevator Speech Ready Chapter 24. Build Relationships through Networking Chapter 25. Raise Money Successfully Afterword Acknowledgments Appendix A: Examples of Personal Mission Statements Appendix B. 50 Tips for Success: A Quick Roadmap to Achieving Your Goals About the Author

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Now What, Grad?: Your Path to Success After College by Chris Palmer
Chris Palmer
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Rowman & Littlefield
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