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Training Wheels: A Candid Guide to a Career In Business


The Boox Review, A reviewer, May 14, 2004, [5 out of 5 stars]

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Business professionals new to the sometimes tricky world of white collar treachery are well advised to consider this ´candid guide to a career in business,´ author Del Casino´s solid instructional to many of the trial and error pains inherent along the unchaperoned path of the 8-5 grind.

Del Casino, a veteran consultant, advisor and principal in the investment management business, launches into several invigorating nail-on-the-head rants along the way, traversing such territory as: ´Taking Stock of Yourself,´ ´Interviews,´ ´Evaluating Offers,´ ´Lessons to Learn,´ and ´Manage Your Career.´

Powerful, effective, caustic crash course in all the workplace necessities that cannot necessarily be found in any textbook.

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So you are looking for a career. Not just a job that you could care less about in the long run. I mean a real career. The position you have dreamed about, studied for, and want with all your heart. Well there are many other people out there that want the same position you do. You must put your best foot forward and make yourself stand out. ....................... That is where this gem of a book comes in handy. This book takes you from the first step of deciding upon your career, to past the last step of landing a position and beginning your long climb up the corporate latter. Chapters one - eight help readers develop an idea of what career they wish to strive for. Then shows how to build a strong strategy, research for opportunities, create a resume that won´t get passed over or filed and forgotten, and how to shine during interviews. Chapters nine - eleven give sound advice in what to do once you have been hired. Chances are that the position you get hired for is not the one you have dreamed of. It is simply the first step to the climb up the corporate latter so you may reach your coveted position. These last few chapters will show you how to get up those first few rungs faster than normal. ..........................The person who gave me this book said that I would probably cruise through the book in an afternoon. After all, it is only 118 pages. I recall thinking to myself that it should not even take me that long to read it. WRONG! I found myself going back and rereading sections. I high lighted parts, took notes, and carried the book with me to work for a few days. Personally, I have been climbing the corporate latter for several years now and found lots of advice that I could immediately put to use. .......................... Whether you are in high school, college, or been part of the work force for a few decades, this book is worth every cent you pay for it. (And costs much less than going to even one business seminar.) This little book is rock solid and highly recommended.


In the opening scene of Annie Hall, one of Woody Allen´s best known movies, Mr. Allen tells a joke in which one elderly lady complains to another about the poor quality of food they´ve been served in a Catskills resort, and the other lady agrees but adds that she thinks the portions are too small! Mr. Allen makes the point that the joke depicts his view of life – - that it´s filled with misery and unhappiness, but it ends much too soon! Unfortunately, the sad truth is that most of us who´ve worked for many years feel the same way about our jobs (i.e., they suck!), yet we live in constant fear of losing them to a restructuring, a merger, an acquisition, a downsizing, a bankruptcy or a new technology!

TRAINING WHEELS: A Candid Guide To A Career In Business is primarily intended for novices interested in pursuing business careers, although those with some work experience who haven´t taken time to critically examine and evaluate their careers may also find it helpful. Very few people will teach you anything really useful about your career on the job, and, unfortunately, most of what you need to survive and succeed in business can´t be learned any other way. However, recognizing the sometimes-painful trial and error of career cultivation for what it is – a huge and unnecessary waste of time and energy – -this book is a crash course on everything you never wanted to know (but need to know) about seeking, coping with and succeeding in a business career.

Ask seasoned working people employed by traditional businesses how they feel about their jobs and you´re likely to hear more than half tell you about how they hate their bosses, think they´re unappreciated and underpaid, or feel just plain bored to death or trapped in a dead end. That´s why everyone is so excited about the New Economy; it isn´t so much the glamour, excitement or wealth as much as it is a desire to escape the unsatisfying life and inevitable death of their careers!

Managing your career has never been more difficult or more important than it is today, and not enough is written about the practical realities of surviving and succeeding in business. Some career guides give you textbook answers, which would be great if the people that you work with read them too and asked you textbook questions. Other guides are written to encourage and build your confidence by sugar coating the reality of working for a living, and by telling you what they think you want to hear about building a career. The author of this book makes the assumption that you want to know the truth, whether it´s good, bad or ugly, and presents it plainly, directly and concisely.

In order to appeal to the broadest audience possible, the book focuses on general issues and encourages readers to ask questions relevant to their specific needs and desires. The issues and questions guide you through the process of identifying your career requirements, searching and sifting through your options, competing for opportunities, and, most importantly, sizing up career opportunities. Like training wheels on a child?s bicycle, the book helps you keep your balance, maintain your course, and build your confidence for managing your own career.

Rather than focussing on the "how to" mechanics of launching a career search or managing your career, the book emphasizes the discipline and judgment you need in order to critically evaluate career opportunities, before and after you have accepted them. After all, once you´ve finally landed that dream job, you´ll want to know whether in fact you´ve actually struck gold or picked a lemon. In the same way, it´s less about how to write resumes than it is about discussing how to use them effectively in your search. What it lacks in preparing you for interviews it compensates for by helping you understand your interviewer´s perspective in conducting your interview. You may not learn the fine points of negotiating job offers, but you may learn a lot about evaluating the offers you get.

A major portion of the book provides a broad discussion of the various lessons to learn from business life, some of which readers may find trivial, obvious, outrageous, common sense or just plain wrong. Whether or not you agree with the commentary, it should encourage you to make your own observations and come up with your own theories of how and why careers seem to work the way they do. Such abilities will serve you well in implementing your career plans.

The author´s more than twenty years of significant business experience provides the basis for his insightful commentary on the numerous issues and topics relating to developing and managing business careers. He also believes he has wasted enough of his own time and made enough mistakes to be able to offer expert advice that will keep you from following in his footsteps!

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