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Now What, Grad? by Chris Palmer


Your Path to Success After College

Many soon-to-be graduates are worried about their future. They stress about whether they’ll find a job, if it will be fulfilling, whether they will earn enough to pay off their student loans, and whether they will fail and disappoint their families. Young people need to learn many things, including how to behave professionally, how to collaborate, how to be life-long learners, and how to be resourceful, resilient, and ethical. 

In professor Chris Palmer's new book, he teaches students the things they need to succeed in the real world, such as how to organize a job search, how to ace job interviews, how to manage time effectively, how to manage and reduce stress, how to be an effective leader, how to run a meeting well, how to survive a bad performance review, how to become a powerful speaker, and many other skills key to success and fulfillment. 

Click here to read Chris' op-ed in the Baltimore Sun.



I remember the panic that gripped me my senior year of college when I realized I had to find a job that would start my adult life. The complexities of the modern economy have made that search even more frightening, but Chris Palmer’s Now What, Grad? is a wonderful confidence booster. The book takes readers by the hand and guides them step-by-step through the most difficult parts of that transition. I love the emphasis on thinking first about what you really want and identifying those happy parts of your life that already hold clues to what you should be doing. Get out a note pad as you read the book and by the end you will have a to-do list that will get you up every morning, ready to move forward.

Jay Mathews, Washington Post Columnist

Chris Palmer’s Now What, Grad? helps students and recent graduates answer the title question with practical tips and useful stories drawn from his own rich career as well as from the lived experience of many of his students. Any new graduate reading this book will not only learn the nuts and bolts of finding a job and how to be an effective professional, but also how to live one’s life with meaning and purpose.

Cornelius Kerwin, President, American University