College does not teach you how to be successful in the working world.
There is no course or textbook that explains how to create the fulfilling careers many aspire to.
The Millennial generation is 80 million members strong and each year more than 1.5 million enter the working world with little to no idea of how to succeed.
While companies spend millions of dollars scrambling to learn more about Millennials and adapt their work cultures to fit this generation, there are remarkably few resources dedicated to teaching young professionals the traits and techniques that will help them succeed in an ever-changing and always-challenging corporate environment.
The Young Professional's Guide to the Working World fills this void, offering relevant advice to young professionals seeking to build a strong career foundation. A fellow Millennial, McDaniel draws on personal experiences from the beginning of his own career to illustrate key lessons.
The Young Professional's Guide to the Working World provides important insights on the topics essential to success within the first 5-10 years of any corporate career, including:
About the Author
Aaron McDaniel is a corporate manager, entrepreneur, public speaker, and community leader. McDaniel has held management roles in business development, strategy, marketing, customer service, operations, and sales at a top Fortune 500 company, being one of the youngest ever to serve as regional vice president and earning the honor of being part of the company's top 1% of sales leaders worldwide. Still in his 20's, he is also the founder of multiple entrepreneurial ventures, including e-commerce and mobile application development companies as well as The Spark Source, an online community that provides young professionals with advice and tools to build the foundation for successful careers.
A graduate of UC Berkeley's Undergraduate Haas School of Business, McDaniel instructed a highly rated student-led course on leadership and has spoken at some of the nation's top corporations and universities. Passionate about giving back, Aaron founded the Jill Wakeman Foundation for Equality and is an active community volunteer in San Francisco, where he lives.
Table of Contents
Foreword Marshall Goldsmith 13
Part I Starting Prep and Groundwork
Chapter 1 The Working World: No More Trophies for Participation 19
Chapter 2 Don't Be the DOPE: The Successful Young Professional's Mindset 29
Part II Laying the Foundation
Chapter 3 Check Your Ego at the Door: Dulling the Sense of Entitlement 37
Chapter 4 Your Career Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Developing Patience 43
Chapter 5 Staying Agile in a Constantly Changing Corporate World: Flexibility 49
Chapter 6 How to Be Successful in Any Position from Day One: Be a Fast Learner 55
Chapter 7 It's Not About You: STARs Make It About the Team 61
Chapter 8 I Hope We Fail: The Importance of Resilience and Follow-Through 67
Chapter 9 Finding the Lesson in Every Experience: The Power of Having Perspective 73
Chapter 10 Its "Not Just" What Your Title Reads: Taking Pride in What You Do 79
Chapter 11 Knowing That You Don't Know It All: Building Self-Awareness 85
Part II Summary: The First Nine Attributes of the STAR Young Professional 93
Part III Putting Up the Frame
Chapter 12 The Goal of Every Job: Serving Your Customer 97
Chapter 13 What to Do When You Have No Clue What You Are Doing: "Act as If" 103
Chapter 14 Make Up Your Mind: Sharp Decision-Making Skills 109
Chapter 15 There Is No "Box" to Think Outside Of: Creativity in the Workplace 115
Chapter 16 Hard Work, the Smart Way: Be Resourceful 121
Chapter 17 We Are All in Sales: The Importance of Asking for What You Want 127
Chapter 18 Stepping out of Your Comfort Zone: Taking Action 133
Chapter 19 Become a Juggler: The Art of Multitasking 137
Part III Summary: Attributes 10 Through 17 of the STAR Young Professional 143
Part IV Finishing the Exterior
Chapter 20 Do the LEGWORK: How to Be an Effective Communicator 147
Chapter 21 The One Thing You Will Always Have Control Of: Your Attitude 153
Chapter 22 The Road That Will Pave Your Future: Networking 159
Chapter 23 The Most Visible Trait for Any STAR: Professionalism 165
Chapter 24 Your True Reflection: Integrity 171
Chapter 25 Let Others Help You Be the STAR: Be Coachable 177
Chapter 26 It s Never too Early to Pay It Forward: The Importance of Giving Back 183
Chapter 27 The Determining Factor of Success in Your Career: Getting Results 189
Part IV Summary: Attributes 18 Through 25 of the STAR Young Professional 195
Part V Bringing It All Together
Chapter 28 Crafting Your Own STAR Mindset 199
Chapter 29 Putting Your STAR Mindset Into Action 205
Chapter 30 Finishing Touches 213
About the Author 223
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is great for young professionals who want to build the foundation for a great career. This is a great young author who knows how to connect with millennials that are early in their professional careers, because he has lived what he writes about. I have been a business professional for a major Construction company for almost 20 years and I mentor many young professionals, I will be sure to share this gem with them. I wish I had this book 20 years ago.