A jewel of a book to help even the most luckless and career-panicked person. Claiming to be the UK's best-selling careers guide, it's both practical and inspirational and, best of all, bereft of the usual irritating business jargon. Through practical exercises and bags of encouragement, Lees' book will put you on the primrose path. A must-read for everyone who wants work to be more than 9-to-5 drudgery - Best of its kind
TEST YOUR OWN APTITUDE; Jim Barrett and Geoff Williams; Kogan Page £8.99
Another self-empowering careers manual, this bestseller takes a more scientific approach to help you better understand what makes you tick. You'll wish you'd been given this book on graduation, when the possibilities of work seem overwhelming. Barrett and Williams want to help you achieve your full potential, and they will certainly get you going. A great classic - Could be useful
WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? (2007); Richard Nelson Bolles; Ten Speed Press £14.99
It's a book everyone has heard of - a stalwart on the business bookshelf. But does it live up to its reputation? Well, it's packed with information and it's thought-provoking. But by the author's own admission, it's very US-focused. It's also overlong and the chapter on religious mission towards the end of the book is a bit hard to swallow. Read it if you can't get hold of Lees' book - Could be useful.