The Wall Street Journal newspaper recently ran an article, “Degrees of Value, Making College Pay Off”, on January 4, 2014, by Glen Harlan Reynolds stating that “four in 10 college graduates, according to a recent Gallup study, wind up in jobs that don’t require a college degree.”
That is a pretty staggering statistic when you consider that the reporter for that article also states that the average college student debt is over $29,000, with some racking up as much as $100,000 before they get their coveted degree.
A new book by Robert L. Dilenschneider with Mary Jane Genova, The Critical First Years of Your Professional Life, states that for college graduates to succeed in obtaining the career they studied for or dreamt of, they need expert career advice more than ever.
Dilenschneider writes, “The poignant fact is that some of those young people will make it in their careers, and some of them won’t. Why some young people will succeed and some won’t has very little to do with their family backgrounds, the colleges they attended, their majors, the honors they received there, their IQs, their graduate degrees, their athletic skills, or even their ambition and drive.”
The book is about “how to go to work” and what good and bad professional fits look like. The opening chapter explores organizational culture. The author writes, “Organizational culture is a hot topic right now because we have learned that there’s a correlation between growth in earnings and a strong organizational culture — one that adapts to changing circumstances, encourages leadership from all levels, and values input from employees, stockholders, and customers.”
Dilenschneider wrote the book to help those entering the workplace or struggling in trying to find the right professional fit. He encourages them to learn the ropes and what it takes to make the right career and job choices. He includes very specific topics such as how to size up an organization to see if it fits your personality.
He suggests making out a top ten list of factors for corporate culture that are most important to you as you begin your job search. I think this book can also help those trying to reenter the job market. There is also a lot of information about resumes, interviews, standing out, getting inside, and networking.
The author includes a section on bosses and how to manage your boss. There is a chapter about navigating the dreaded and sometimes deadly grapevine that exists in every company regardless of size.
It has been a really crazy and volatile job market for the past few years and it doesn’t appear to be getting any better for the next few, so people entering or reentering the job market can benefit from reading this book.
Dilenschneider tells readers that he “has hired more than 3,000 successful professionals and advised thousands more.” He is the founder of the Dilenschneider Group, which is a corporate strategic counseling and public relations firm in New York City.
Mary Jane Genova is an international business writer who has been widely published in The New York Times, Newsday and many other major publications.