As a young professional just entering the work field of my choosing, which in my case happens to be Social Enterprise, I have to say that I could have used significantly more guidance in preparing myself to enter the workforce, and I’m not alone in feeling this way. While I may have thought I was prepared, I have begun to realize that there are legitimate, prescribed steps and incite I could have used to prepare myself to tackle the world in my post-grad life. Fortunately, I have been given the book, “The Bigs” by Ben Carpenter. In “The Bigs”, Carpenter addresses some of the major outstanding questions that many young professionals in my position find themselves struggling to answer, specifically:
- How to choose a career?
- How to find a great job?
- How to do a great a job?
- How to be a leader? (even when not in a leadership position)
- How to start a business?
- How to manage your money?
- How to live a happy life?
Carpenter tackles each of these questions through anecdotes from his past experiences, which provides the reader with real world applications that any professional, young and old alike, can empathize with. As an aspiring entrepreneur and young professional I have not only thoroughly enjoyed Carpenter’s stories and takeaways, but have also used them to fuel my ambitions and influence the way I conduct my life on a daily basis, both at work and in my personal life.
However, these are questions that we should be addressing directly, as Carpenter does in “The Bigs”, starting at least from our first year of undergraduate education. This role is generally assumed by career guidance centers at universities, but there is undeniably a gap between students and career guidance services that leaves many young professionals entering their post-grad lives with little idea on how to best set themselves up for success. Nevertheless, this gap can be with the implementation of a formal integration of career guidance within higher education that will enable students to enter the working world with direction, confidence and integrity.
-Samuel R. Harris