The Young Professional's Survival Guide

For young professionals committed to doing the right thing, even in the face of pressures to cut ethical corners, this book is a must-read. The writing is crisp, the advice practical, and the insights so “right on” that you will want to keep the book within easy reach.

—Mark Frankel, American Association For The Advancement Of Science
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“It's humane, wise, and funny. I only wish I could have read it ten years earlier.”

—Dean Dad, Author of The Confessions Of A Community College Dean Blog at Inside Higher Ed

“The most compelling and constructive guide ever written about how to become the kind of professional who will make your parents, friends, and colleagues proud.”

—Robert I. Sutton, Author of Good Boss, Bad Boss and The No A**hole Rule

The Young Professional's Surivival Guide

Learn the skills you need to succeed as a young professional in the real world.

The Young Professional's Survival Guide guides you through tactical exercises with real-world examples to teach you how to negotiate effecitvely and ethically, handle professional conflicts, define and maintain appropriate professional boundaries, solve problems, be an effective leader, and develop your professional persona for a successful and fufilling lifetime career.

Imagine yourself in your new job facing a difficult situation. What do you do at this critical moment?

You're doing your best to make a good impression at work — and your boss asks you to do something that doesn’t feel right, like fudge a sales report, or lie to a customer. You have no idea how to handle the situation, and your boss is hovering. When you’re caught off guard, under pressure from someone more powerful, it’s easy to make a mistake. And having made one, it’s easier to rationalize the next one. What do you do? The Young Professional's Survival Guide will help you make the right choice at this critical moment.

Many of the problems that arise in the workplace are predictable. C. K. Gunsalus, an expert on professional ethics, uses short, real-world examples to help people new to the work world recognize the situations that can lead to career-damaging missteps—and prevent them. She offer questions to help you recognize trouble and temptation, sample scripts to use to avoid doing something you’ll regret, and guidance in handling disputes fairly and diplomatically. Most of all, they emphasize, choosing your mentors for their characters as well as their titles and talents. A “must” for higher ed administrators and faculty preparing business students for the workplace.

You can’t control the people around you, but you can control what you do. A few key habits and a professional persona can help you advance with class, even in what looks like a “casual” workplace.

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About the Author: C.K. Gunsalus

C.K. Gunsalus

C. K. Gunsalus is a nationally recognized expert on professional ethics and the director of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her book, The Young Professional’s Survival Guide: From Cab Fares to Moral Snares, grew out of her experience teaching Leadership and Ethics to all first-year MBA students and leading the Professional Responsibility curriculum in the Illinois College of Business taken by all undergraduates.

A consistently honored teacher, she was recognized as one of fifteen finalists in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Best Business Professor of the Year Award in 2013. Now Professor Emerita of Business and Research Professor at the Coordinated Science Laboratory at Illinois, she formerly taught in the Colleges of Law and Medicine and served for many years as Associate Provost, where she was responsible for a wide range of academic policy and administrative duties. Her work has focused on organizational and research integrity, whistleblowing, and professionalism in complex organizations. A licensed attorney, she was a member of the United States Commission on Research Integrity and served for four years as chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility and was elected a Fellow of AAAS in 2004. She served on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism and the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Responsible Conduct. In her spare time, Ms. Gunsalus also served 12 years on the Urbana Board of Education (school board), eight of those years as its President.