#Girlboss was a good read, but I expected that. The Girlboss Workbook that followed, however, really took me by surprise. Judging from the cover, I thought that this book would just be a little bit of wacky fun based off Sophia Amoruso’s first book. I assumed it would adopt a very blasé attitude and be more about rejecting the status quo than actually moving you forwards in your career or life. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.
I know I’m only 22 so I’m not exactly an authority on careers but I’ve been interviewed for a wide variety of jobs over the past few years, across various different sectors, and The Girlboss Workbook is applicable to all. I’ve interviewed for retail jobs, law firms, banks, marketing agencies, magazines, publishers and more. Corporate or creative, this book is an essential for application, interview and life (!) advice. Sophia Amoruso provides example application letters, follow up emails and more. There are checklists for your CV, the companies you’re applying to, your finances etc.
You could choose to read this in less than an hour or you could pore over it for weeks as you complete each step. You’ll get out of it what you put in. This is an interactive workbook so to get the most out of it you need to pause with each page and actually complete the task at hand. For example, Sophia recommends that you search on Linkedin for a couple of people that already have your dream job. Then, check out how they got there and what relevant skills they had to help them along the way, and jot these down. This is the sort of task that I’d skip by in any other career advice book and “save for later” (i.e. never!). The interactive element of this workbook is its biggest selling point and what makes it more useful than other books of this nature out there.
Whilst the first half is mostly about your career and life aspirations, the second focuses more on you and what you want to get out of life in a personal capacity. For example, thinking about what issues matter to you and researching how you can actually get involved make a difference in those areas. It covers your biggest fuck ups, your biggest fears and your wildest dreams. It really helps to focus the mind on what you really care about in life and where you want to expend your energy.
The only thing I dislike about this book is the cover. I think it downplays just how genuinely useful and serious the advice inside actually is. The blurb says: “use this workbook as a diary, a mood board, a stress ball”, but, quite frankly, I think it should say something along the lines of “use this workbook to help you figure out what the heck you want in life and how you’re going to get there”.
This book will probably most useful for those that are looking for their first “real” job now or for people who have been working for a short while but don’t feel like they’re really getting where they want to go. That said, if you’re someone going through a mid-life crisis and wondering why the hell you’ve been wasting your life climbing the career ladder in a field you don’t really care about – this book is probably also for you! I honestly cannot recommend The Girlboss Workbook enough for those that need a little direction in life. The interactive nature of this book means that you’ll actually start implementing some steps to get where you want to go, which is the hardest bit for most people!
Stop dreaming and start doing with a little help from Sophia Amoruso and The Girlboss Workbook.
If you like the sound of this, you might also like Capture Your Style by Aimee Song. Check out my review here.