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Need help in the first five years of your career?
You're in the right place! Early Stage Professional: starting off right by Fergus Mellon is a no nonsense "how-to" guide for those who want to succeed from the start of their careers.
Truth is that everyone needs help and advice in adjusting to the world of work.
College does a great job of teaching us the technical and anlytical skills but this is only half the challenge. Professional skills are what sets truly successful recent graduates apart and is the focus of this book.
Buy this highly rated book now from Amazon. Available either as Kindle or hard copy.
The topics that the book covers range from Office Hours and Vacation Management to How to Manage Up, Working Through Change and finishes with actionable advice on Career and Money Management.
Not ready to buy? See the testimonials below from Amazon reviewers and then "add to cart".
Testimonials & Reviews of Early Stage Professional: starting off right
"Getting a running career start requires a sprint. The Early Stage Professional provides the information that helps you to be better than the rest. Talent, skills and a degree are three foundations that get you in the door but professionalism and experience are the two that ignite an individual’s career trajectory. The Early Stage Professional is a MUST READ for those looking to build that momentum fast." Amazon Review, June 2017
"Early Stage Professional is a must read for anyone joining the work force. Here's your own "private coach", a step by step training into the do's and don'ts of an early career. If companies are smart, they will buy it in bulk and give it to every new employee!" Amazon Reviewer, October 2015
"Early Stage Professional is a must have graduation gift. A fast easy read filled with an arsenal of best practices to start your career right and punctuated with earnest illustrations straight from the author’s own experience." Amazon Review, February 2016
"This book does a great job explaining how the corporate environment works and how to best navigate your way up the ranks. The advice given is effective and simple enough that you can apply the tips during almost any stage of your career. Everyone should read this book immediately after completing undergrad studies though, as the content is most useful for this group." Amazon Review, May 2016
"A very enjoyable and informative read. This is not a preachy self-help book, or a bragging memoir, but genuine step-by-step advice about how to get ahead in the workplace and advance in a career. It's well written and witty." Amazon Review, October 2015
"Great book. Easy read but the anecdotes really stuck with me in the long run. A few in particular I keep coming back to. Author writes in a friendly and engaging way, like a friend would, who's trying to help you out and keep it real at the same time. Not just for the 22-24 crowd, probably useful for many early-to-mid careers, or seriously, anyone with a boss." Amazon Review, March 2016
Still not ready to buy? That's ok... ok-ish!
Take a look at the content on this website to get a real understanding of the content, the author's approach to work... try the following sections from EarlyStageProfessional.com.
"Crushing It": Columns that set out advice on the everyday "basics" that all professionals need to take but are not told directly. These sections are based on content from the book so should give you a good feel for the style of writing.
"Money Tips": This isn't a "get rich scheme" book but it is one that's designed to help professionals entering the workplace. Contains some quick hits for retirement planning, how to deal with credit cards as well as that thorny issue of student debt.
"Wise Words": While not all of these are written by Fergus (only around 10% are!), they are a resource and feature ideas and experience of both CEOs and company founders all the way through to professionals just starting out.
You can also sign-up for the twice monthly Wise Words newsletter or ask any questions you have before you buy (or even after) you've read it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Author: Fergus Mellon
Fergus Mellon is author of Early Stage Professional: starting off right and has written series of columns for USA Today on workplace topics ranging from how to crush an annual review through to how to resign successfully.
He is a digital media executive and has had leadership positions at a mix of large media companies (AOL, Gannett), start-ups (PebblePost, Meebo, Federated Media) as well as adtech (Criteo, Rubicon Project).
Fergus is a citizen of the United States of America and currently lives in London with his wife.