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From graduation to job search and beyond


Young adults at the start of their careers as well as those who are motivated to advance in their jobs need guidance toward achieving success and satisfaction, not just in business but also in their personal lives.

In “Grad to Grown-Up: 68 Tips to Excel in Your Personal and Professional Life,” longtime Newtown resident and local businessman Gene Rice, co-founder and chairman at Rice Cohen International, and his daughter, Courtney Bejgrowicz, a high school English teacher at George School, share tips garnered from Rice’s life and career. They include insights from Rice’s experience placing over 1,000 job candidates and over 15 years of mentoring interns.

Rice draws on his rags-to-riches background to show how drive and determination can push one to success. Each chapter includes commentary from Bejgrowicz. With a freshness that adds to her father’s advice, she offers her unique, and often witty viewpoint to share a younger view as she relates following her father’s advice while forging her path into adulthood.

Published by Post Hill Press and distributed by Simon & Schuster, “Grad To Grown-Up” serves as a handbook for graduating students about to enter the workforce for their first full-time job.

Want to ask Rice and Bejgrowicz the secrets of post-grad success in person? Stop by Barnes & Noble at 210 Commerce Blvd., Fairless Hills, 2 p.m. May 21 for a book signing.

All of Rice’s proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to the Plant a Seed Foundation.