It’s a Friday night and you’re sitting at your laptop, with a cup of tea (or glass of red wine) by your side. Instead of a minidress and heels, you’re rocking a pair of trackies and your ugg boots. You can hear the youngins’ (who are probably actually the same age as you) next door having a loud party, but you’re just there planning how you’re going to take the world by storm with your kickass empire. The weirdest part is, you’re not even mad about being home on a Friday night!
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When Friday nights start to feel like Sunday nights, it’s safe to say you’ve reached that point in your life when the focus shifts from partying to your career. Sure, you still have a social life, but who has time for hangovers when you’ve got a business to run or a career ladder to climb?
But if you ever need a break from slouching over your computer, why not pick up one of these must-read career books? They’re filled with invaluable tips on goal-setting, productivity and career confidence from business pros. And because nobody understands the intricacies of the female psyche quite like another female, they’re written by women for women!
Whether you’re just starting your career, launching your own business or juggling your day job and side hustle, there’s a career book for everyone. Scroll through the gallery for our top picks:
In this thought-provoking read, Arianna Huffington redefines what it means to be successful. It’s a great one to read if you feel like you’re kicking all the right career goals but still don’t feel fulfilled.
2. Get Your Sh*t Together
The original ‘anti-guru’ Sarah Knight gives us a masterclass in maximising productivity and balancing work, life and fun in this hilarious read.
3. Lean In
This #1 bestseller from Facebook COO has become a massive culture phenomenon, thanks to its revolutionary lessons in female leadership and empowerment.
Buy Lean In.
4. Leave Your Mark
While some career books are a little preachy, this one feels like you’ve got your own personal mentor in fashion PR guru Aliza Light. It’s a must-read if you’re looking for guidance in creating your personal brand.
Buy Leave Your Mark.
5. Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office
Us ladies often feel like we have to be ‘nice’ or pleasant at all times. But in this bestselling book, Lois P.Frankel argues that this gets you nowhere in the workplace— and offers clever alternatives.
While at first glance Bossypants looks like it’s just a memoir from comedic writer and actress Tina Fey, it’s actually filled with practical advice for women trying to make their mark in a male-dominated environment.
7. Girl Code
While Girl Code won’t teach you how to build a multimillion dollar business, it will teach you how to stay strong, confident and sane while you do it on your own terms! Female entrepreneurs, consider this your new bible.
Buy Girl Code.
You may remember Amy Cuddy from her TED talk on power posing. In this fascinating read, she continues the theme of how you can use body language to help you achieve success in the workplace.
9. You Are A Badass
Most of the time, the only thing standing in the way of your dream job or lifestyle is you. In You Are A Badass, Jen Sincero teaches you how to remove the cloud of self-doubt that’s holding you back.