8 Books Every Athletic Training Student Should Read Before They Graduate

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One of the best parts of summer is kicking back with a good book. As athletic training grads and current athletic training students prepare for the next chapter in their lives, books can provide insightful advice and research-backed tips. There are dozens of people who have been in their shoes before and have some advice to share, whether they’re starting a new job or residency, paying their own expenses for the first time, or unsure of what to do next. 

Here are some books for recent athletic training grads or current athletic training students, including relatable memoirs, straightforward financial guides, and self-help books on everything from finding one’s ideal career path to forming healthy habits. 

  1. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

If you want to be better organized or stop procrastinating, this bestselling book can help you develop tiny, approachable habits that will snowball into bigger, life-changing ones over time.

  1. Dare to Lead by Brené Brown, Ph.D., MSW

Brené Brown’s books are a must for college students getting ready to graduate. Dare to Lead is all about being brave, practicing courage, and stepping into your leadership potential.

  1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Put this on your library list ASAP, no matter what stage of life you’re in. The Alchemist is a masterpiece, telling the story of a shepherd boy who searches for treasure but finds so much more. There are a lot of lessons in the book about listening to your heart, navigating your life path, and following your dreams.

  1. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—and How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay, PhD

One’s 20s are filled with a lot of changes, including graduating college, getting a job, or finding a relationship. Meg Jay’s book weaves stories of hundreds of 20-something clients and students to give advice on how to set yourself up for success.

  1. Get Good with Money: 10 Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole by Tiffany Aliche

If you’re dealing with student loan debt or difficulty finding work, you’re sure to find meaningful advice from Tiffany Aliche, who dealt with the aftermath of the 2008 recession and a shady advisor who put her into a huge financial hole. This book offers straightforward ways for young graduates to save money, pay off debt, and plan for a financially secure future.

  1. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss

Featuring tips from a former FBI hostage negotiator, this book shows you how to negotiate everything from a raise at work to a compromise with your family. Grads going into fields that require a lot of persuasion, like athletic training or medical sales, will find it useful. 

  1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Many people in American culture are rewarded for being extroverted and talkative. That can make it hard for introverts to stand out. Featuring anecdotes and tips on how to channel one’s quiet side, rather than feeling forced to change it, this book is part memoir, part self-help.

  1. Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work by Alison Green

Whether you have an annoying coworker or don’t know how to ask for a raise, Alison Green is an internet-famous career advice columnist who gives empathetic, straightforward advice. It’s a great book for grads who already have jobs (or are struggling with the interview process).

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