I am happy to announce that I am working on my 5th book – you can learn more about my books here at The Next Step Publishing.
My Career Readiness expertise is talked about here and of course my College and Career Readiness Workshops speak for itself.
The introduction to this book, The Prof's Guide to Being Successful at Work (or What Workplace Readiness Means) is below for your first sneak peek and I will provide more updates as I get closer to publication:
This installment of the College and Career Readiness series is focused on succeeding in your career. As someone who has been training students for the past 13+ years on how to be ready for life after college, this book is a long time coming.
I also conduct in person and online course around these topics to help people, just like you, be career ready.
My previously published books also cover important lessons on being college and career ready. This is the third book in the College and Career Readiness series I have created and published. The first book is The Prof’s Guide to Surviving High School and Kicking Butt in College (or The Book on College Readiness). The second book is The Prof’s Guide to Graduating College with a Job Offer (or The Book on Career Readiness).
When I completed that second book, I realized there was still lots to say and teach on how to be ready for that first job.
When I started my career officially meaning I was no longer a student worker or intern but a real bona fide employee of a large multinational firm, I was lost. I had no idea what I was doing or how to do what I was doing. It was a huge transition for me and it has not gotten any easier for students today to make this transition – if anything, it has gotten harder.
There is even less time for a company to “onboard” you appropriately and make sure you have the skills and talents to succeed or at least not to stick out by making too many mistakes!
You need to be able to hit the ground running as soon as you walk through the door on your first job. Also, you need to keep in mind that the job might not be a career – it might be a stopgap for you to getting to the next step of your career or it could be a temporary gig that you are hoping to turn into a full time job.
The economy is not the way it used to be and the potential to find a career path is harder and harder. What makes sense is for you to read this book and learn from me and consider expanding your knowledge with the other series I have written – The Prof’s Guide to Entrepreneur-ING Using Entrepreneurial Skills to Launch Your Own Business or be the Boss of Your Career (or How to Succeed in Business). This book will walk you through the skill sets you need to constantly manage your own career.
But before you can do that, you need to know how to be a career person.
In Chapter 1, I will teach you how to be professional and handling stereotypes with being the “youngest” employee and what that means for your interpersonal relationships at work and how yo you can be ahead of the curve with this in your career.
Office politics and culture is what I spend Chapter 2 detailing but this could be its own book – so much of this chapter is hard to define but all of it is helpful and important for you to know as you build out your career as a young professional.
Chapter 3 teaches you all you need to know about communication. Being a great communicator is key to everything you will ever want to do in your life. Even being a “good” communicator is enough to make a difference in your career and life.
Dressing for success in Chapter 4 is so important and hard to do on a budget for a new career person – there are easy ways to accomplish this and to maintain the perception of professionalism even as a younger person.
Chapter 5 is the magic around motivation – not so much to motivate yourselves because if you are reading this book, I know you are motivated enough already to try to better yourself and to set yourself apart professionally. Instead, the magic of motivation for this chapter is around motivating others – your team members, your managers and more.
Chapter 6 is about conflict resolution and how to diffuse situations and recognizing positive conflict vs negative conflict. Taking those lessons and then building out the team building skills you need to take things to the next level for your career in Chapter 7.
Chapter 8 is about how to build your career through volunteering. Doing stretch assignments and doing them well is a huge way to help your career and we go over that in Chapter 9.
Chapter 10 gives you lessons and insights into managing failure and most importantly makes you understand that failure is not the worst thing that can ever happen to you. In fact, failing is the best way to learn and be ready for new adventures. Of course, with my lessons from this book and my other books (on being entrepreneurial in your career, on career readiness and more) you will not fail for something that is not worth it.
I have spent many years as a project manager and I am a PMP (Project Management Professional) via the Project Management Institute (PMI) and I rely on all of these lessons to build out Chapter 11 on implementing project management skills in your career. Chapter 12 is all about mentorship – being a mentor and building mentoring relationships with others.
Be ready to rock your career with the lessons I will share with you based off of my long time career as an executive, entrepreneur and educator.
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Most of us have heard the saying, “Do what you love and the money will come…” and I think most of us have discounted that saying – I know I have! In fact, for the first 12 years as a professor before I launched The Next Step I would often disparage that statement and say it is a nice thing to SAY but is not always how things work in real life.
I can now say I have been wrong but with a caveat. When you first begin your career, it is hard to know what you “love” and some people truly never identify that which they “love” to do. To say you “love” doing something means a combination of truly enjoying it AND being good at it. I mean, I love to sing but trust me, you do not want to hear me sing because I am tone-deaf. So instead of love, let’s call is passionate – that which you are passionate about is what you should do to build out your career and your next steps whether it be as an entrepreneur or just running your career like your own boss.
For me, being able to teach, write and present are my passions and building my business off of these 3 pieces of my skill set means that I am doing what I love and it is an actual career for me. I thought I would share today the results of doing what you love – the feedback from my courses and workshops:
College and Career Readiness Testimonials
Thanks for learning with me! Happy Hunting!
I created a customized content solution by being able to offer the second workshop for the Ladders for Leaders program in my online learning center, which can be found at www.thenextstep1234.moonami.com.
I broke up this workshop into 12 distinct “lessons” and used my VoiceThread license to create interactive lessons using the PowerPoint file. The lessons covered are:
This workshop can also be done in person. I found that again it “wrote” itself with my extensive corporate experience coupled with my years as an educator, I was able to create real focused lessons and put it into an online environment for my students to complete on their own time.
Each lessons contains a flat PowerPoint file, my video lesson using VoiceThread and the PowerPoint, links to videos for viewing and then a forum where students can interact and document their thoughts on the lessons. So for example, after the Professional lesson, I ask the students to document what they need to feel professional. I think this can help them build out their script for their interviewing and their futures.
What do you think about online workshop delivery? This content and workshop is available for both in person and online delivery. I am considering turning this into a teleseminar, too. Click here to schedule me to give this workshop for your students book The Next Step for your training and workshop needs.
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My company, The Next Step, has been doing workshops for the Ladders for Leaders program (read more about it here). Over the past two weeks, I have been presenting, in person, Workshop 1 called “Getting the Job”. I have presented these workshops to 4 core groups of students (or cohorts). The whole workshop is 6 hours; we broke it up into two 3-hour in person sessions. Each session was different and each one was amazing and exhilarating.
The first topics covered in part 1 of Workshop 1 were:
The topics covered in part 2 of Workshop 1 were:
Are you interested in having me speak on these topics at your school? I also am providing this workshop via a webinar for online viewing. If you are interested in attending an online version of this training, let me know. I also updated my web pages showing more of my training offerings on both College and Career Readiness Seminars page and my Online Course Curriculum and Training.
I am looking forward to bringing these workshops to more students for their next steps in career readiness! Happy Hunting!
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Lisa Vento Nielsen