Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Succeed sold 1.5 million copies worldwide, and she’s now retooling it for recent college graduates, USA Today reports. The new addition will include a letter from the author and “six new chapters from experts.”
If Ms. Sandberg needs any help coming up with ideas, she should look no further than HBO’s Girls, which provides myriad examples of what not to do right after you’ve graduated, if you’re the type who wants or needs an actual career.
Here are some topics Ms. Sandberg might want to cover:
• Stretching your retail salary to pay rent in Bushwick. You might have to sell off some of your precious Adderall, but if they can do it on TV, you can do it IRL.
• Trying not to be a skintern. You can’t buy tasteful shift dresses with “experience” or “school credit.” But if you want people to take you seriously, you need to dress the part. Your rich grandma is paying your rent anyway; go ahead and splurge on a set of full-length pants from Target.
• Eating cheap in NYC. Entry-level media jobs may not pay very well — but they’ll get you into lots of PR girl parties with free drinks and chicken-and-waffle kebabs. If you’re meh about money but you love free hors d’oeuvres, always go for a media internship instead of a stint at a coffee house. See also: halal carts.
• Not working in an art gallery. Sadly for the would-be Marnies and Charlottes of the world, Girls is right on this one. It just probably isn’t going to happen. Learn graphic design instead, or go into marketing and spend your lunch breaks doodling on napkins to get your artistic jollies like everyone else.
• Not marrying the first rich, vaguely-finance-employed guy you meet. Duh. And if you do make this mistake, at least hang in there long enough to get a country house out of the deal. It just makes economic sense.