Life After College from Jenny Blake (and Book Giveaway)

2011 September 29
by Grace Boyle

I looked back in my e-mail archive to find the first e-mail interaction Miss Jenny Blake and I had.

The first e-mail was in 2009 (even though I’ve known her since 2008). I e-mailed and privately shared with her, my own personal life list inserted into her life checklist template. Since the early days Jenny has been a coach, a friend and an inspiration who created templates to help propel your lifelong goals and dreams.

Today, I couldn’t be happier to tell you about one of Jenny’s lifelong dreams that has become a reality, her first book: Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want. Note: Book is out TODAY, March 29th!

In Life After College Twitter meets What Color is Your Parachute for 20-somethings: it is not a narrative, but rather hundreds of nuggests of useful information. Canotte NCAA Written by popular blogger and life coach Jenny Blake, Life After College provides tips, inspirational quotes and coaching exercises for every area of life including: Work, Money, Home, Organization, Friends & Family, Dating & Relationships, Health, Fun & Relaxation, and Personal Growth. The book is like having a portable life coach by your side — it is a “one stop shop” that is part journal, part motivator, and part guidebook. kanken baratas Life After College is a powerful life-planning tool that no twenty-something will want to be without!

As I thumbed through the beautiful, bright book and dove into each chapter I sighed and thought, “I really wish I had this book when I graduated college.” [Side Note: I think college’s should start including this book as reading material for students and soon-to-be graduates, thus folded into course requirements.]

It’s like a compass, helping you navigating the unknown, challenging terrain and just like Jenny, the book is real. Nike Pas Cher There’s no fluff.

However, in my mid-twenties, I can still find the book useful which is where I think Jenny truly appeals to a large generation of men and women. You may be 21 or 30, but LAC speaks to everyone about making mistakes, job hopping, looking for jobs, finding yourself, relationships and learning what life after college is really about.

Here are a few reasons I love this book:

  • Jenny breaks it down. I read a lot of “self-help,” books (let’s not forget, my mom is a personal coach) and I can’t quite stomach all the information. nike air max 2016 donna It seems repetitive and long-winded. This book is inspirational without pushing. It’s the kind of book you can read from start to finish, read over time, or just pick up a chapter in random order.
  • It’s a workbook! You can make it your own. Currently, my book has notes in the margin, underlines, pages folded down (with love) and I’ve answered the prompts she asks in each chapter.
  • The book covers the most important life points and she has others weigh in. scarpe asics pallavolo blu The pieces in the book are: Jenny’s Tips, Advice from College Graduates, Coaching Exercises, Deep Dives, Notable Quotes, Two Cents from Twitter and Recommended Reading. I love the mixture and how Jenny has outsourced to her friends, mentors, scholars, graduates, professors and even yours truly! I wrote a page on volunteering and the important role it can play in your life after college!
  • Jenny speaks to you, not at or down to you. This is a key distinction in her voice that she carries throughout the entire book. Mochilas Kanken Big You feel like you’re cuddled up by a fire, having hot cocoa with her, sharing your fears and dreams, laughing, agreeing and learning. Not many books can do that, but Life After College can.

Bottom line, this book should be in your hands.

Jenny is an inspiration, she works at Google as a Career Development Program Manager and internal coach, she has an incredible blog, she’s yoga-certified, she’s now an author, she’s thoughtful and she’s brilliant! The words that come to mind: rockstar, inspiration, genuine and super woman.

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  • You know what makes her truly great though? She’s honest, makes mistakes and doesn’t pretend to be perfect. Nike Air Max 2016 Dames wit She is human and real – that is why she is such a role model.

     

    You can find the book on Amazon here. Buy it, it’s worth it.

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    Connect with Jenny on Twitter or read her blog

    Learn more about the book: http://www.lacbook.com

    Finally, since I excitedly pre-ordered her book (and she kindly sent me one in advance) I want to give away this incredible book to one lucky winner.

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    • http://akhilak.com/blog Akhila

      Strangely, I’m not one for personal development books, but I wanted to chime in anyway since I liked your question:
      What’s one piece of advice you have to navigate life after college (in 1-2 sentences)?
      Never, never NEVER compromise on your biggest, grandest dreams and passion. Because the moment you compromise, it’s all over.

    • http://linda.curious-notions.net Linda

      Do not focus on other people’s successes. You are on your own individual path.

    • Danielle

      Make sure you plan social events or time for yourself. It’s easy to get wrapped up in work, especially when you’re just starting out in your career, but you’ll be a better employee if you have a work/life balance.

    • http://www.free-honey.com Becca

      Don’t be blinded by the money – work on finding the job you truly love. The money will fall into place (god, I hope the second part is true!!)

    • http://www.neverniche.com Clare Bear

      Jenny is mega awesome. I need to get my hands on her book.

    • Anonymous

      Go at your own pace. Some people will achieve professional success before you but do not feel discouraged, everyone is on their own course and things really DO happen for a reason. They will happen for YOU when it’s the right time.

    • http://www.lifeaftercollege.org jennyblake

      Grace – thank you so much for this WONDERFUL review!! This line totally made me break-out in a smile from ear-to-ear: “You feel like you’re cuddled up by a fire, having hot cocoa with her, sharing your fears and dreams, laughing, agreeing and learning. Not many books can do that, but Life After College can.” Yes! That’s exactly the feeling I was going for when I wrote it — thank you so much for the beautiful description.

      I LOVE your piece on volunteering and I’m so thankful that you let me put it in the book — such an important topic and great points!!

      You are amazing, and I got a kick out of reading that you’ve dog-eared pages with love. That makes me so happy!!! xoxo!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HQI7YNMJRKR4ZVBWMYWTQQDGSQ Stacy

      I graduate this May! For life after college I want to follow my passion and do what I love, because I know and firmly believe success will come! :)

    • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

      I thought it tied together so well that one of the first emails I have on record is me emailing you my goals via your template :) So fitting.

      Thanks for all your support and inspiration over the years. I was/am so happy to have written this and am excited for today’s launch. The book really is amazing. I wrote everything from the heart and I hope everyone will benefit from your wonderful knowledge. XO to you!

    • http://www.gathersnm.blogspot.com Kim Humes

      Wow what a great giveaway! I wish I had this book 6 years ago lol, however it would still be a great resource for me at this transitional stage in my life. If I could give one piece of advice on how to navigate life after college it would be – be flexible and open-minded. Be open to new experiences and opportunities that come your way – even if it isn’t your dream “gig”, take it anyway if you think it will provide great experience and contacts (got news for ya – you WON’T find your dream gig right out of school). You NEVER know if you are going to like something until you try it. Come to terms with the fact that your life isn’t going to go according to plan – once you realize that and accept it, you will enjoy life a lot more and as a result more great things will come to you!

    • Chris Furuya

      This sounds fantastic. I’m coaching friends (and friends of friends) who are looking at the world past college with increasing confusion and despair, because they don’t have jobs waiting for them and have no idea what this business of adulthood is all about.

      Universally, the advice I give them is to volunteer. Most jobs are 40h/w gigs, that have plenty of room to get involved in projects they’re passionate about, but 1) might not be able to be employed in immediately, or 2) might never pay. Volunteering is a great way to build community with new people and make friends outside of college, it keeps work in perspective, it helps develop new skills, and it’s a great way to actually do something about issues that you care about (and allows you to make a difference in them, that might not be tied to donation, when money is tight for recent college grads).

      The difference that I see in those that do volunteer vs those that don’t is absolutely shocking. People who volunteer are more likely to get promoted, generally have higher morale, and get their faces out there to meet new people. And, it looks great on a resume.

      Good luck! And congratulations to Jenny Blake on the book’s launch! I’ll give it a read, and possibly add it to the reading lists of the young people with whom I work.

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