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Career Boosting Books for Every Faculty

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College students around the entire world share one common trait: they have to read…A LOT!

We’re already two weeks into the New Year and the book lists just keep growing! But there is always room for one more, and we thought you’d like to take a look at this short list of books that focus on industry-specific trends and best practices.

The difference between the books on this list and the ones you’re reading in class is that they are written from a professional, rather than academic, perspective. Even though you get a ton of industry advice from your professors here at Academy of Learning College Toronto, it’s always a good idea to see what professionals in different parts of the world are saying and doing. This will help you gain a broader understanding of what is going on in your niche industry, and also help you discover potential career paths that you perhaps never knew were available.

We’ve gathered books that relate to the industries that each of our major programs train for, meaning that every one of our students will find something of interest.

Happy reading!


Accounting for Canadians for Dummies

The name might sound a little simple, but the For Dummies series always has their books written by seasoned experts in their field, in this case by John A. Tracey and Cecile Laurin. With straight forward language, it’s a great read if you’re thinking about enrolling in some accounting courses in Toronto and are still on the fence if you can handle the material.


How Will You Measure Your Life?

Harvard business administration college professor Clayton M. Christensen has spent years guiding the best minds in business. He’s a tireless advocate for innovation, but in 2012 he did something a little different and suggested you give your whole life a look. Rather than looking at the little things, this is a big picture look at your future career path, and how far you’ve come.


Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business

Good customer service isn’t just pleasant; it’s a crucial part of any business plan. Frances Frei and Anne Morris do a fantastic job of breaking down the complex attributes of customer service, and they discuss how to make helping customers an affordable and profitable part of doing business.


60 Mountain Lion Tips

As Apple products become more common with everyday users, your IT career means being able to function in multiple software environments. Mac experts Brett Terpstra and David Sparks have compiled a multimedia E-book filled with screencasts and instructional video to help you discover almost every aspect of Mac functions.


The Emperor of All Maladies

Healthcare training means that you’re intimately aware of how cancer affects peoples’ lives, and this book provides an in-depth look at the history of cancer and its treatment. But the author, Siddhartha Mukherjee, didn’t just write about the disease, he also wrote about the brave people fighting the battle against it, patients and healthcare workers alike. This book is a must for any healthcare student, regardless of their specialty.


Design is a Job

Written by, Mike Monteiro, one of the design industry’s most innovative and out-spoken leaders, this book spells out everything you need to know about establishing a design career, from good design tips to dealing with clients and customers. If you’ve taken web design courses, you’re joining a fraternity of creative professionals, and understanding the highs and lows of working with others is essential. This book will give you a jumpstart by letting you in on the most vital insider information.


Globish: How the English Language Became the World’s Language

If you’re a first time English learner, you might be curious how the language spoken on a small European island rose to become the linga franca of the planet. Robert McCrum traces English from its earliest roots to the current global language it is today, to help motivate your studies.

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