At the spring graduation ceremonies at North Central Texas College, after observing the pride that the families and friends showed for the graduating students as well as the pride the graduates showed for their accomplishment, I was reminded of the Disney “What’s Next” advertising campaign in which someone who is presumably being interviewed after their moment of triumph is asked, “What are you going to do next?”
I’ve contemplated about how each of us at NCTC – whether you are a student, graduate, or NCTC employee – would answer that question. I doubt that many of us would give the inevitable response from the commercial of either, “I’m going to Disney World!” or “I’m going to Disneyland!” However, I would think that most, if not all, of us do make plans for “what to do next.”
Recent graduates may be considering looking for a job that will use their newly earned degree and some who have just graduated may be planning to continue their education and work towards a bachelor degree in their chosen field. Those students who still are working towards getting a degree from NCTC may answer that they plan to either take courses during the summer or will take a break and then return to classes in the fall semester.
Faculty members may say that they are either teaching summer classes or plan to take a break from teaching until the fall semester and I know that there are at least a few of the faculty who would say, “I’m retiring.” Those who are NCTC support staff most likely would respond that they’ll be working as usual although some may say that they will be taking vacation days also. Administrators would probably state that “what’s next” is more meetings, conferences, and long hours at work, with some time off for vacation. Of course, there is no “right” answer to the “What’s next” question and it is a continuing journey but hopefully you will include the NCTC libraries in your plans this summer and check the collection to see if we have a book of interest to you.
That said, the remainder of this blog highlights a book from each campus collection, including from the electronic collection, which may help you with whatever you have chosen for what you are going to do next.
Knock ’em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide, 2014 by Martin John Yate; Bowie; HF5549.5 .I6 Y37 2013
For those of you whose “next” plan includes looking for work, the book’s publisher asserts that “the author helps you build a killer resume, maximize your social networks to find more job opportunities, and understand what employers are really looking for in the people they hire. He will also show you how to turn job interviews into job offers with advice on how to stand out from the competition.”
The Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit by Don Campbell; Corinth; TX715 .N683
According to the publisher, “The Mozart Effect has a simple but life-changing message: music is medicine for the body, the mind, and the soul. Campbell shows how modern science has begun to confirm this ancient wisdom, finding evidence that listening to certain types of music can improve the quality of life in almost every respect. Here are dramatic accounts of how music is used to deal with everything from anxiety to cancer, high blood pressure, chronic pain, dyslexia, and even mental illness.”
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson; Flower Mound; BJ1589 .P48 2018
Published in 2018, the book’s author, Dr. Peterson, covers a series of essays, from discussions on discipline, freedom, adventure, and responsibility, condensing the world’s wisdom into twelve practical and profound rules for life. In the forward of this national and international bestselling book we are informed that “Professor Peterson doesn’t just propose his twelve rules, he tells stories, too, bringing to bear his knowledge of many fields as he illustrates and explains why the best rules do not ultimately restrict us but instead facilitate our goals and make for fuller, freer lives.” Dr. Peterson’s core message is that “each individual has ultimate responsibility to bear; that if one wants to live a full life, one first sets one’s own house in order; and only then can one sensibly aim to take on bigger responsibilities.” At 409 pages (which include reference notes and the index) the book is a long read. However, although you may not agree completely with the book, I think you will find the book to be thought-provoking as well as hopefully interesting. As a side note, you can find several of Dr. Jordan Peterson’s lectures on YouTube.
The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews; Gainesville; Currently Being Processed [check online catalog by mid-June]
If you want to combine professional development with entertainment you will want to check the NCTC online catalog in mid-June 2018 for this book’s call number. The author of this New York Times bestseller provides seven enduring principles for a successful life, putting it into a story format to convey the information. While waiting for this book to be processed and added to the collection we have another book that you may enjoy reading, also written by Andy Andrews titled The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective (Gainesville campus library; BJ1597 .A525 2009).
Using Relaxation for Health and Success: Stress Reducing Techniques for Confidence and Positive Health by Sallyann Sheridan and Christina Waugh; eBook EBSCOhost Collection.
In its preface, the authors state that the book covers “how to relieve your mind and body of the impact of internal and external pressures. It will help you recognize if you have too little or too much pressure in your life, and there are checklists to help you assess your current tension levels.”
So there you have it – an assortment of books that hopefully may provide inspiration to help you in your journey of “What’s Next.” This is a small sampling of what we have available either within the print collections of the NCTC Libraries or in an electronic format through the EBSCO eBook Collection.
If you are a part of the North Central Texas College community, regardless of which campus you physically are on or even if you are an online participant only, you may request books from any of the campus libraries and have it sent to the NCTC campus of your choice. Books in many subject areas may be found in electronic format for viewing online through the EBSCO eBook Collection database and these books are an option, whether it just is not convenient for you to go to one of the campus libraries or you want immediate online access. We welcome you to visit any of our campus library locations, to call us, or to email for more information.
—Contributed by Diane Roether, Dean of Libraries, North Central Texas College