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Book Review Wednesday: Career Inspiration for Recent College Grads

Posted Dec 15 2010 6:35pm

Books about environmentalism Every Wednesday, we review a selection of new and upcoming books addressing a specific aspect of environmentalism. This week, we're recommending books to inspire and advise idealistic young job-seekers.

10 Ways to Change the World in Your 20s (by Libuse Binder, $15, Sourcebooks, 2009): From blogging for a cause to installing low-flow faucets to interning on an organic farm, this book details a wide variety of paths for young people wanting to do good. Actions are rated based on three factors: time, cost, and lifestyle impact. The book also provides success stories and an extensive appendix of web resources — a lot of information's packed into this one volume.

Green Careers for Dummies (by Carol McClelland, $20, Wiley, Jan. 2010): This how-to guide will help job-seekers clarify focus, discover new career opportunities, and learn the necessary steps toward attaining career goals in the evolving green economy. It's a good tool for people who have plenty of initiative but aren't sure where to start.

The Next Eco Warriors: 22 Young Women and Men Who are Saving the Planet (edited by Emily Hunter, $20, Conari, Apr. 2011): Compiled by the daughter of Greenpeace co-founders Robert and Bobbi Hunter, this book introduces readers to 22 young, diverse activists whose voices come through in their own words.

Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less (edited by Pia Catton and Califia Suntree, $15, Workman, May 2010): With many college graduates graduating into a less-than-ideal job market, young job-seekers would do well to cultivate the habit of thriftiness while they're polishing their resumes. From canning fruit to cutting hair to rewiring a lamp, this DIY guide is packed with money-saving tips for people of all ages and all stages of life.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Careers (by Barbara Parks and Jodi Helmer, $15, Alpha, 2009): Even those already involved with the green movement might be surprised at the number and variety of green jobs that exist today. This book is a good beginner's guide; it provides a brief description, education requirements, demand, and median salary for more than 100 eco-oriented careers.

--Della Watson

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