The Young Professional's Guide to the Working World: Savvy Strategies to Get In, Get Ahead, and Rise to the Top

The Young Professional's Guide to the Working World: Savvy Strategies to Get In, Get Ahead, and Rise to the Top


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The Young Professional's Guide to the Working World: Savvy Strategies to Get In, Get Ahead, and Rise to the Top by Aaron McDaniel

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:

  • How to get promoted faster and drive results not matter what your industry or job title
  • The 25 attributes all successful young professionals possess
  • How to avoid being a DOPE (someone who Disses Opportunity, Potential & Earnings)
  • The keys to becoming a STAR in your career (someone who is Savvy, Tenacious, Adaptive & Resourceful)
  • How to create and implement a career blueprint plan, the right way
  • Leveraging mentoring to ensure career success

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781601632425
    Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
    Publication date: 10/22/2012
    Series: Young Professional's Guide Series
    Pages: 224
    Sales rank: 473,840
    Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

    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

    Notes 217

    Index 219

    About the Author 223

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    The Young Professional's Guide to the Working World: Savvy Strategies to Get In, Get Ahead, and Rise to the Top 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
    SMSunday More than 1 year ago
    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.