Book Review Wednesday: What's Next by Elana Lyn Gross

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Let me tell you a story...

Back in 2013, I was obsessed with the Levo League, a new career site aimed toward young women. I read everything the site published, followed the employees on Instagram, and was truly enamored with the message of the site. When I saw that they were looking for summer interns, I jumped at the chance to apply. However, I didn't get the internship right off the bat but thanked the internship coordinator for her response and went on my merry way.

That act of gratitude struck a chord with the coordinator and mixed with my passion for Levo, a few months later, I got a DM asking if I still wanted the internship. I cried tears of joy and landed my dream role at a company that I was obsessed with. 

Later on, I found out that the internship coordinator did a lot more than just manage a group of hopeful college-aged women... she did a lot with Levo's social media and so much more behind the scenes. She was also a fellow Phi Sigma Sigma sister so I immediately took a liking to her. After the internship we stayed in touch, we talked a lot about career, about the sorority, about writing, and college. When I graduated in 2014, she was the first person I reached out to and she helped me land my first job in social media... she was also my boss and molded me into the social media manager I am today.

Her advice and her guidance along the way have helped me more than she will ever know. Now, her voice is able to help every other post-graduate (and beyond) with her new book "What's Next.

I owe Elana Lyn my entire career and the fact that you can all read it and gain the perspective from someone so smart and inspiration is truly a gift. 


Publisher's Summary

Create a five-year plan that covers all aspects of daily life—including work, finances, and health—with this all-inclusive guide to successfully reaching your goals after college graduation.

The celebrations have ended and you’ve finally graduated from college. But the one looming question remains over every recent grad’s head: what’s next?

In this book, you’ll find a detailed guide to putting together a five-year plan to set yourself up for success. No need to stress about having the rest of your life mapped out—instead, you’ll focus on how to make the most after graduation so you can thrive in the years to come. Whether you’re looking for advice on turning your first job out of college to a long-term career or need some tips on managing your money so you can pay down your student debt (and treat yourself), you’ll find all that and more in What Next?.

Filled with advice from journalist and lifestyle blogger Elana Lyn Gross, What Next? includes all the tools you need to achieve your goals one step at a time. Offering helpful guidance on every aspect of life, you’ll have no problem answering the question: what’s next?

My Thoughts

I am now no longer a post-graduate as I graduated from college 6 years ago but that doesn't mean this book didn't apply to me. Even if you are well established in your career, you can find a lot of goodness in What's Next.

Elana covers everything from graduating and landing your first job, to money and relationships. It's a full guide to adulthood and we could all use a reminder once in a while. 

She does not mess around in this book -- it is very straightforward without a lot of 'fluff' that doesn't apply. That is my favorite part of it! There is no time for unrelated stories or advice when it comes to "What's Next."

The unique thing about this book is that it is truly a 5-year plan. Elana gives clear steps and guidelines on how to set up your plan (worksheets and everything included) so you can keep track of your plans and goals all in one place. 

At the back of the book, there is a list of resources for your reference, everything from websites, publishers, and apps for a variety of different topics.

This is a post-graduate/adulting bible. It has everything you need in one place: it's a guide, a journal, and a reference document... you can't ask for more.

I've read a lot of self-help books in my time and while I might be slightly biased, I think this is a great one, especially if you're NOT into those self-help books. This is a book for anyone, despite gender, despite the industry, despite age... it's a very non-biased guide. It's short, sweet, and to the point. It doesn't tell anyone person's story (i.e: It's not written by a brand founder or an editor-in-chief like a lot of other books I've read). It's written by someone who has dedicated their life and profession to helping young adults find their way in the world. 

I could not recommend this book enough to the freshly graduated and even someone who is starting a new job or changing their career path. You won't regret it! 

xoxo
B


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