What’s a good career path?
It depends on who you are, says Cory Booker, the senator from New Jersey.
That’s what his new book, The Career Revolution, offers.
Booker is a founder of the Career Revolution nonprofit that aims to teach young people the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century workforce.
It’s a call to action to build more careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, including computer science, applied mathematics, engineering management, business administration, and management consulting.
Here’s what Booker says is a basic list of skills you’ll need in your field, along with how to apply those skills to your new career.
Learn to talk to people from a variety of backgrounds.
Booker says the more diverse the people you work with, the more you can learn.
“If you’re a white guy in tech, you’re going to get a little bit of help from white dudes,” he says.
“And I think that’s the best thing.
You have a different perspective than somebody from a Latino or Asian background, or a Native American background, and you get to learn from them.
It can be a really great resource to understand and be able to understand the world from a different viewpoint.”
He adds, “If we’re working with somebody who is really passionate about this, they will be very receptive to a different point of view.
If we’re doing the same job, we may get some feedback from each other that we’re not doing as well.”
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
When you’re interviewing, you can always be more comfortable asking for help, Booker says.
Ask for help from a mentor, colleague, or friend who can give you the answers you need.
“Ask for help for yourself,” he advises.
Listen to what your boss has to say.
“Sometimes the biggest obstacle for young people to achieve their goals is a lack of confidence,” Booker says, adding that people often need to have “a sense of how they can do things better.”
“It’s important to understand why your boss is doing what they’re doing and why they’re saying what they are saying,” Booker adds.
Be flexible and adaptable.
“There are a lot of people who are going to tell you they can’t do what you want, or you can’t take the job you want,” Booker explains.
“It can be very demoralizing.
You can’t let yourself be scared of that.”
Be aware of the power of peers.
“The more you get in the front lines, you’ll have a better understanding of who you’re working against,” Booker emphasizes.
“I don’t think there’s a shortage of people that are great at what they do, and great people, and very successful in their jobs.
But there’s also a bunch of people like me, who are so talented, so talented and successful that they can get to a point where they can say, ‘No, no, no,’ and then they’re not the person they were before,” Booker continues.
“So, if you’re looking to grow your career, you need to think about who are the people who have been in front of you and are going in the same direction, and who have a greater chance of being successful in that direction.
That might be a mentor or an adviser or a coach or a coworker, who can help you grow and make more of that next step.”
Learn from your peers.
The more you learn from your colleagues, the better you’ll become at working with them, Booker advises.
“You need to be able tell people, ‘I have a lot in common with you,'” he says, “because you will grow to become that person, and they will grow into that person.
And if they become successful at that, then they will do it for you.”
Take a break from the office.
When it comes to work, Booker emphasizes that it’s “not a good idea to be in a rush.
Don [your boss] a little time off and come back later,” Booker tells Newsweek.
“Take a break, and come work on a different project.”
Take on the world.
If you’re not sure what field or career to pursue, Booker suggests studying at an international university.
“For a lot people, it’s the next big thing,” Booker offers.
“Some people think, ‘Oh, I don’t have the skills or the experience to go to that next big place, so I don [need] a job here.'”
Work hard and learn from others.
“We need to find a way to be a team and have a great experience in a shared workplace, rather than a lone-wolf experience,” Booker suggests.
“Just be a partner and have fun with it.
And do it as a team.”
Take time to connect with people.
“Work is a lot more than just talking to