Review

The Bigs by Ben Carpenter Reviewed

I wish I’d had a copy of Ben Carpenters The Bigs when I was a young pup. Not only does Carpenter tackle strategies for landing and keeping a great job, the author also shares smaller lessons like how to avoid being the employee who never admits their mistakes. If you can’t own up, expect your co-workers to throw a parade when you leave the job.

In baseball, “the bigs” means the big leagues. The book began as a list of instructions for the authors’ daughter as she entered the big leagues—her first job after college. Carpenter weaves in his personal journey from a mixed up kid to a naive college student, and his ascent to CEO of an international investment company.

My two cents on The Bigs by Ben Carpenter

The book has three major sections:

  • Introduction: Before the Bigs
  • How to Survive, Thrive and Have Fun in the Big Leagues
  • How to Choose, Get and Do a Great Job

The Bigs was a great read. The author gave tons of examples of people doing great and not so great things on the job. With such detailed descriptions of Carpenter’s colleagues, it was as satisfying as people watching at the mall on Saturday morning. Oh come on, I can’t be the only Saturday morning people watcher at the mall. Back to the book.

The advice in “The Bigs” is practical and actionable. Without giving away too much, here are a few of takeaways from the book:

  • In the workplace, most of the time you have to earn respect, but sometimes you have to demand it
  • Starting out, focus on what you do well over your passion
  • Use the power of informational interviews to prime the pump for future job interviews

Would you recommend The Bigs to a friend?

I would recommend the book to any college student or young adult who wants to know how to find a meaningful career, how to excel at work, and how to manage those early paychecks. I think the book is also ideal for seasoned professionals planning a career change.

My recommendation comes with one caveat. Understand that “The Bigs” is not a typical how-to book. It is part memoir and part instructional. Knowing this ahead of time makes for a more enjoyable read.

College Degree without Drowning in Debt Reviewed

When I think about how much it will cost to send my kids to college, three words pop into my brain. Scholarships. Scholarships. Scholarships! Were you thinking the same thing? The Internet makes it easier for students to find scholarships. Unfortunately, the web also makes it easier for scammers to cheat students out of their time and money. That’s no fun.

I was excited to get a copy of Getting a College Degree without Drowning in Debt: How to Find Scholarships Online by Gyan Devi and Myrriah Lavin.

Keep reading to find out how you can get your free copy.

My two cents on College Degree without Drowning in Debt

The book has four major sections:

  • An overview that explains why scholarships are worth the trouble
  • A breakdown of what students need to jumpstart their scholarship hunt
  • An analysis of some of the best and worst scholarship websites and mobile apps
  • A primer on how to avoid scholarship scams

College Degree without Drowning in Debt was a quick, easy read. The information was practical and actionable. I liked how the authors challenge students to think of their scholarship search like their own home business. As scholarship entrepreneurs, students create a workspace, set a schedule, and enlist a team of people to help.

You may know first-generation college students are those students whose parents don’t have a college degree. But if you’re like me, you may not have realized that if one parent has a college degree and the other doesn’t, the student is still considered a first-generation college student. They can go after those first generation scholarships, too!

That’s just a small taste of the tips and tricks that I learned from reading this book.

Would you recommend to a friend?

I would recommend the book to any student who is serious about finding scholarships online. My recommendation comes with one caveat.

A good portion of the book is dedicated to the author’s analysis of scholarship websites and mobile apps. While its a great guide for avoiding scholarship scams, the detail of this section might slow down the scholarship hunter who needs to take quick action. Fortunately, the authors include a rating system to pinpoint the best websites. And which websites to avoid like an angry jellyfish.

Dont just take my word for it. Thanks to the authors, you can get a courtesy copy of Getting a College Degree without Drowning in Debt: How to Find Scholarships Online. Head over to Smashwords and use coupon code GU43W. The offer ends May 31st. After that, you can pick up a copy on Amazon.