Career Rookie by Sarah Vermunt, ECW Press

Career Rookie: A Get-It-Together Guide for Grads, Students and Career Newbies

Vermunt, Sarah

  • A shot of encouragement, a kick in the ass, and a loving push for young people who have no idea what they want or how to get it

    Career Rookie is a book for every grad, student, and 20-something who feels lost, overwhelmed, and anxious. It tackles the emotional and logistical WTF-ness of starting your career, answering questions like, What if I don’t have any experience? What if I went to school for something I hated? What if I have NO IDEA what I actually want? Should I just suck it up and settle? Because, honestly, this career thing is starting to give me an ulcer.

    This fresh, fun guide gives even the most lost and overwhelmed a way forward. It explores passion, curiosity, uncertainty, self-sabotage, and more on the quest to shake off post-graduation paralysis. Finding the right career can seem impossible, but Sarah Vermunt is the fun-loving, straight-talking coach we all need to make feel-good work a reality.


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  • Sarah Vermunt is the founder of Careergasm and the author of Careergasm: Find Your Way to Feel-Good Work. Sarah is a regular career columnist on TV’s CityLine, and her work has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Fast Company. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, and online at

  • Published: April 2019

    ISBN: 9781770414884

    Dimensions: 5 x 7.75 in.

    Pages: 248

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“Vermunt's down-to-earth approach, useful questions, and thoughtful lessons may spark motivation for folks who just aren’t sure how to find the best work that aligns with both their degrees and their values.” — Booklist

“I love this freakin’ book! Sarah Vermunt has written the definitive guide to career success for anyone who wants more from work. Buy a copy for every college student and grad you know.” — Kevin Kruse, New York Times bestselling author, Great Leaders Have No Rules

“Sarah Vermunt wants you to land your dream job as much as you do. This is a smart, funny, clear-eyed guide for any recent grad or gear-shifting worker trying to navigate the crazy world of modern employment.” — Katrina Onstad, author of The Weekend Effect

“It’s so rare to find a writer who so brilliantly walks the line between no-nonsense real talk and compassionate warmth: Sarah’s kindness and enthusiasm shine through with every chapter. I wish Career Rookie had existed when I was starting out, because she would've saved me a lot of power cries.” — Anne T. Donahue, author of Nobody Cares

“This brilliant and salty little volume is so hilarious you’ll forget it’s actually helping you figure your shit out and go pro.” — Sarah Seidelmann, author of Born to FREAK: A Salty Primer for Irrepressible Humans

“A fresh and fun guide that gives even the most lost and overwhelmed a way forward, Career Rookie deftly explores passion, curiosity, uncertainty, self-sabotage, and the personal quest to shake off post-graduation paralysis.” — Midwest Book Review

“I sucked at my first job. And my second. And my third. This was the book I needed. It’s a smacking slap, bright flashlight to the eyeballs, and cozy sweater hug all wrapped in one. Preach on, Sarah!” — Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author, The Book of Awesome & The Happiness Equation

“This book!! A must-read for new grads who want to get their career kickstarted in the right way.” — Shannon Lee Simmons, bestselling author of Worry-Free Money

“Sarah Vermunt might just be the singular adult on planet Earth who will not lie to you. And take it from a geriatric millennial like myself — weeding out the lying-liars is job numero uno. Best of luck, grasshoppers, may the force of honest AF straight-talkers be with you.” — Steph Jagger, founder of The Great Big Journey and author of Unbound: Finding Myself on Top of the World

“Sarah Vermunt has done it again. With joyful irreverence, she kicks garden variety career advice to the curb and shows us the better way: the way to what we truly want.” — Christina Crook, author of The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World

Career Rookie won't solve all of your problems or answer all of your questions but Sarah Vermunt's new book will give you a lot of tools to help you on your way to kicking ass in your job hunt and eventual career (whatever that might look like). I highly recommend it.” — Books Etc. blog

“I'm not a grad, student, or career newbie and yet... I couldn't put down this book. Why? The tone. The incredible tone! Sarah is sharp, funny, and hilariously in your face . . . A great gift to the wandering, aimless youth in your life.” — Neil Pasricha's Monthly Reading Club