Over the weekend I finished “Leave Your Mark” by Aliza Licht (I’ve been on a career development related book binge) and like so many others I loved it. “Leave Your Mark” followed the author through her journey from discovering she didn’t want a career in medicine, to her first internship at a local magazine, all the way to her career as an executive at Donna Karan. As Aliza shared her story she intermingled valuable career advice not just for the fashion world but for a range of industries.
“Leave Your Mark” reminded me a lot of “#GirlBoss” (which I read last summer). Both books offered personal success tips based off an individual’s personal experiences and career journey, both were light and easy reads, and both were aimed towards twenty-somethings striving to be successful while looking fabulous. I liked “Leave Your Mark” primarily because it was an entertaining read while still offering real career advice. Unlike “Nice still Girls don’t get the Corner Office” (which I reviewed last week) there was a bit of editorial commentary and backstory. It is clear that Aliza is writing for millennial women who are at the start of their careers and don’t want to read a dry “textbook” like book on career tactics. The best way to describe it is that “Leave Your Mark” is the kind of book you can read on the beach while still feeling like you’re learning a bit.
Though Aliza’s career is centered around the fashion industry I do find I can apply her lessons to my own career in writing and marketing. What stuck with me most were the lessons on personal branding and social media. As a blogger I already think a lot about social media and my “personal brand” but I still found her perspective both thought provoking and inspiring.
Overall I would recommend “Leave Your Mark” especially to bloggers or any woman beginning her career in marketing, fashion, PR or a similar industry. Is it the most content heavy career book you could grab off the shelf? Definitely not, but I loved that it was relevant while still a page turner (I read it in just a few days and honestly probably could have finished it even more quickly had I dedicated more time for reading). At the end of the book you really feel like you are besties with the author. I didn’t follow her on Twitter before but I immediately followed her personal and professional pages because her voice throughout the book was so approachable.
Have you read “Leave Your Mark”? Tell me what you thought! What was your biggest takeaway? Next on my reading list is “Quiet”. I’ve only read the first 5 pages and I’m already OBSESSED. I’ll be sure to share any amazing insights I gain.