As a young person fresh out of school, getting your head around life outside of those university gates can be mind-boggling. How do you prepare for something you’ve never experienced? It can be difficult building the confidence you need for approaching future employers, too. What skills do you need as a young professional entering the workforce? How do you prep for an interview? And how do you communicate with older generations? With so many questions plaguing your mind, start with a little research first. Assess the skills you need in order to understand the challenges ahead and achieve career success. Scroll down for some of our top book picks for millennials, along with advice and tips for advancing your career.
Millennials@Work by Chip Espinoza ($21)
The millennial generation is unique, and so are the skillsets millennials need when entering the modern workforce. This book speaks to the young professional, offering practical advice along with seven key skills every 20-something needs in order to achieve greatness and make an impact in his or her career. Millennials@Work pulls together years of research to back up Espinoza's advice, helping millennials understand the challenges that may stand in the way of achieving success in their careers. After reading this one, you’ll know how to face potential roadblocks and work around them with confidence and expertise.
What Next? by Michael Price ($15)
If you’ve been asking yourself “What next?,” consider this book your new guide for figuring it out. Covering online learning, networking, business development, and tips for turning your passion into a profit, What Next? will teach you how to thrive in the real world. It also breaks down the basics into ready-to-use formulas and tactics on everything from how to build your personal brand (or pursue your passion, if corporate America isn’t for you) to the personal finance foundation you need to have in place.
Manager 3.0 by Brad Karsh ($15)
Are you planning on becoming the next Elon Musk? Do you have what it takes to manage a team and be a leader? This first-ever management guide for millennials offers key takeaways from four generations of leaders. Brad Karsh, author of Manager 3.0, says when millennials enter the workforce, they typically shake things up and tear down the traditional corporate ladders to “communicate on the fly” and introduce a play element to the office. In his book, he teaches you how to develop those big ideas, make tough decisions, and ultimately change the face of leadership. There are also some insightful interviews with major companies like Zappos, Groupon, Southwest Airlines, and Google that showcase the unique talents required to be an effective leader and create your own style.
Confessions of a Recruiting Director by Brad Karsh ($14)
Finding a job that’s right for you and your skillset can be a challenge in and of itself, and when a suitable job does become available, you still have to apply. Are you ready to interview? Is your résumé up to date? If you do get the callback, do you know what the employer or recruiter is looking for? What do they want to hear? What are some typical questions they might ask you? Thankfully, this book reveals the entire hiring process, including a step-by-step approach to making yourself stand out from the stack of résumés and interviewees you're in competition with. From info on making sure your résumé passes the 15-second test to details on networking and using your connections to get a job, this book has it all.
Compassionate Careers by Jeffrey W. Pryor and Alexandra Mitchell ($12)
Do you seek a career with a higher purpose? Well, you’re not alone. According to a six-month research update to the 2014 Millennial Impact Report published in Forbes, “Millennials are increasingly engaging with causes and tend to believe that a company that cares about causes will care about treating them well, too.” This book features interviews with people who have meaningful jobs and “cause-focused organizations,” such as Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, and Dave Matthews. Compassionate Careers will become an inspirational guide that helps you find similar roles with purpose and impact.
Millennials Into Leadership by Lisa Orrell ($17)
Having leadership skills is an essential component for being successful in life (even outside of the workplace). With confidence and drive, you can do anything. This book teaches millennials how to integrate those qualities into all aspects of their lives. Even if you’re still in school, you can learn to be a leader and start developing the expertise now. There’s never been a better time to start.
What books have you read to help advance your career? Do you think they should teach these skills at college? Let us know in the comments.