The Career Toolkit

Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You

Non-Fiction - Occupational
304 Pages
Reviewed on 08/10/2021
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Author Biography

Mark Herschberg is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You. From tracking criminals and terrorists on the dark web to creating marketplaces and new authentication systems, Mark has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups and Fortune 500s and in academia. He helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator,” where he teaches annually. At MIT, he received a B.S. in physics, a B.S. in electrical engineering & computer science, and a M.Eng. in electrical engineering & computer science, focusing on cryptography. At Harvard Business School, Mark helped create a platform used to teach finance at prominent business schools. He also works with many non-profits, including Techie Youth and Plant A Million Corals. He was one of the top-ranked ballroom dancers in the country and now lives in New York City, where he is known for his social gatherings, including his annual Halloween party, as well as his diverse cufflink collection.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite

The Career Toolkit: Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You by Mark A. Herschberg is an occupational self-help book that every career-minded person needs. The author lays out in one place all the basic skills you need to get started on your career path, or for changing careers, or for professionals looking to add to their knowledge and skills in the world of work. These skills are so basic you may have overlooked them entirely, like how to negotiate effectively and fairly, how to get your points across while scoring points, how to plan a career that is personally as well as financially rewarding. Learning these skills and methods doesn't have to be challenging, but it is if you never knew about them. This book gives you layman's language that anyone can understand, and it provides the information you can start using today.

The Career Toolkit is beneficial for those who may be stuck in a career rut, know they need a change, but aren't sure how to go about it. You don't have to spend time and money on a career course unless you've firmly decided to do so. But before you do, perhaps you should give Herschberg's guide a chance. It will open your eyes to the possibilities that could be in store for you. It's like a booster shot in the arm, and you can personalize a plan to meet your individual needs. The exercises and activities are a bonus to motivate you toward a new way of thinking about success. Suppose you feel confused or overwhelmed when it comes to things like strategizing career goals, deciding which job offer is best for you and how to negotiate the best deal, how to network and hone good management and leadership skills? In that case, you should add The Career Toolkit: Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You by Mark A. Herschberg to your non-fiction library. It would also make a valuable addition to any high school classroom or a gift for a young jobseeker.