This is painful to admit, but we don’t have the answer to every question. (Please, don’t tell anyone.) Because we want to be your one-stop-shop, we’ve compiled our resources here for your perusing pleasure. There are things that we think are funny, and helpful. Most of it is smart with useful advice (and mostly, they’re things we wish we had thought of first). We’ll continue adding things to the list as we find more, so keep checking back!

The Dream Job

The Incalculable Value of Finding a Job You LoveThe New York Times

In Choosing a Job, Focus on the FunThe New York Times

 

Confidence

The Confidence GapThe Atlantic “What doomed the women in Estes’s lab was not their actual ability to do well on the tests. They were as able as the men were. What held them back was the choice they made not to try.”…“If we keep at it, if we channel our talent for hard work, we can make our brains more confidence-prone. What the neuroscientists call plasticity, we call hope.”

 

The Funnies

An Honest Intern Application LetterMcSweeny’s

Sorry for the Delayed ResponseThe New Yorker

Startups

6 Things New Grads Should Know Before Joining a StartupHarvard Business Review   

Changing Direction

A Big Life Change is More Planning than MagicThe New York Times

Why I Tell My MBA Students to Stop Looking for a Job and Join the Gig EconomyHarvard Business Review

Quit Your JobThe Atlantic

Leadership

When Leaders are Hired for Talent but Fired for Not Fitting InHarvard Business Review

Five Proven Ways to Increase Your Influence with Senior ExecutivesLinkedIn

Climbing Down the Corporate Ladder without Alarming Your BossThe New York Times

Retirement

A Retirement Plan with Less Golf but More SatisfactionThe New York Times “The real icing on the cake is this: If you realize that you aren’t going to retire, then maybe you don’t have to keep working at a job that’s slowly driving you insane.”

At Intel, A Retirement Perk That Can Kick Off A New Career As A Paid FellowNPR

College Stuff

Colleges Really Need to Rethink the Career Advice They DeliverThe Atlantic “In a follow-up attempt to qualify what a “good” visit to a career-services office looks like, Gallup spoke with graduates about their experiences. So-called “non-traditional” students—older students who may have worked prior to enrolling in college, for instance, or who might be raising children—said that the offices frequently offered only basic interviewing tips or resume guidelines, where what they really wanted was more personalized assistance.”

Why It’s Fine to Job-Hop for a Few Years after CollegeThe New York Times “The key is whether you can explain convincingly to potential employers that each move was made with your career development in mind.”

Happiness

More Money, More Success, More Stuff? Don’t Count on More HappinessThe New York Times “We pass up life-changing experiences because we’re on track to become partner. We skip meaningful time with our families so we can respond to one more email. I assume this is all in pursuit of something out there that we think will make us happier.”

Are you Happy?Man Repeller

A Better Kind of HappinessThe New Yorker “Indeed, this malleability is perhaps the most encouraging quality of both Little’s core project and Aristotle’s eudaemonia, because it makes finding happiness a real possibility. Even the most temperamentally introverted or miserable among us has the capacity to find a meaningful project that suits who we are. Locating it won’t just bring pleasure; it might also bring a few more years of life in which to get the project done.”

The Glossary of HappinessThe New Yorker

The Differences Between Happiness and Meaning in LifeScientific American

Burnout + Unhappiness

Burnout is Caused by Mismatch Between Unconscious Needs and Job DemandsScience Daily

Most Americans are Unhappy at WorkForbes

Generational Stuff

Millennials in the Workplace: They Don’t Need Trophies but They Want ReinforcementForbes

What Happens When Millennials Run the Workplace?The New York Times

Everything You Need to Know About Your Millennial Co-WorkersFortune

Intentionality + Introspection

How to Live WiselyThe New York Times

Want to Find FulFillment at Last? Think Like a DesignerThe New York Times

8 Ways to Make Meaningful Small Talkgoop

Most Food Tastes Better When We Prepare It Ourselves, Study SaysThe Wall Street Journal

Authenticity

Conformity vs. Authenticity in the Office Chicago Tribune

Be Yourself, but CarefullyHarvard Business Review “Authenticity begins with self-awareness: knowing who you are – your values, emotions, and competencies – and how you’re perceived by others. Only then can you know what to reveal and when.”

Work/Life Balance

Eight Moms Who Work in Fashion on the Work-Life BalanceMan Repeller

MR Round Table: That Elusive Work/Life BalanceMan Repeller

Relationships at Work

Friends at Work? Not So MuchThe New York Times