6 books that will give you instant (and awesome) career inspiration

When you’re in a rut or at a career crossroads, sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to find inspiration through other people’s experiences. And who better to inspire you than the fabulous Amy Poehler or #girlboss Sophia Amoruso?

These books offer the best sort of advice and career inspiration, and are must-reads for every young woman, according to Career Contessa.

1. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

The memoir of this university dropout turned CEO of online fashion empire Nasty Gal is packed with modern tips and tricks that will totally inspire you. It’s a quick and cheeky read that will make you feel like anything is possible.

2. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Not intentionally career-focused, Amy’s hilarious account of her life provides understated inspiration for the dreamers among you. The Parks and Rec star drops life lesson nuggets like a boss and doesn’t hold back about the reality of being a successful woman.

3. The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson

Sometimes getting out of a rut in life or work comes down to finding a bit more motivation and confidence. That’s where this book comes in: making a few small changes in our daily lives makes a world of difference in what we can achieve.

4. The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp

For the more artistic among you, or those hoping to find some creative inspiration, this book will help you tap into your creative side. Put the tools Twyla teaches you to good use, and you’ll be surprised at the imaginative and innovative ways you can get ahead in your career.

5. Bossypants by Tina Fey

This funny, fast-paced read explore’s what it’s like to succeed in a male-dominated field with all the awkward moments you’d expect from Ms Fey. With her own special brand of humour, she’ll show you how to support your fellow women in the workplace, and how to make it without worrying if people like you or not.

6. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

What does it take to be a billionaire? What set the Beatles apart from all other rock bands? This bestseller explains the secrets of the world’s most talented and successful people, and will inspire you to develop their habits.