The Best Career Books For Millennials
As a young person fresh out of school, getting your head around life beyond 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 to approach future employers too. What skill set do you need as a young professional to enter 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 and assess the skills you need to understand the challenges ahead to achieve career success. Scroll down for some our top picks for Millennials with advice and tips on how to advance your career.
The Millennial generation is unique and so are skillsets they need to enter the modern workforce. This book speaks to the young professional offering practical advice along with seven key skills that every 20-something needs to achieve greatness and make an impact in his or her career. This book pulls together years of research to back up their advice and help Millennials understand the challenges that might stand in the way of their career success. After reading this, you’ll know how to face potential roadblocks and work around them with confidence and expertise.
If you’ve been asking yourself “what next?” then 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 from how to build your personal brand—or pursue your passion if Corporate America isn’t for you—to the personal finance foundations you need to know.
Are you planning on becoming the next Elon Musk? Do you have what it takes to manage a team and lead? This first-ever management guide for Millennials will help you master it by using key takeaways from the four generations. Author of Manager 3.0, Brad Karsh said 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.
Finding a job that’s right for you and your current skillset can be a challenge in itself, and then when it does become available you have to apply. Are you interview-ready? Is your résumé up-to-date? If you do get the call back, do you know what employers or recruiters are 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 you stand out from the stack of resumes and interviewees before you. From how to make sure your résumé passes the 15-second test, to how to network and use those connections to get the job, to why nine out of 10 cover letters never get read (and what to do about it), this book has it all.
Do you seek a career with a higher purpose, meaning, and a genuine cause behind it? 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.
Having leadership skills is an essential component for life, even outside the workplace. With leadership-like confidence, mindset, and drive, you can do anything. This book teaches Millennials how to integrate those skills into all aspects of your life, regardless of your position. Even if you’re still in school, you can learn to lead and start developing the expertise now. There’s never been a better time to start.
What books have you read to advance your career? Do you think they should teach you these skills at college? Let us know in the comments.