FIU Alumni David Van Rooy received his doctoral degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Florida International University (FIU) and has since had a fantastic career at Burger King, Marriott, and now Walmart, where he is the Senior Director of International Human Resources Strategy & Operations and oversees employee performance management and engagement programs for over 2.2 million employees globally. His latest book, titled “Trajectory: 7 Career Strategies To Take You From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be” is likely to be of particular interest to FIU students and recent graduates.
When the economy's difficult and jobs aren't secure, people tend to focus on the short term ...on survival. But what they don't grasp is how their current position could be a springboard to their next position - or even the one after that. Caught between a fear of failure and a desire for instant success, they limit the risks they take, unwittingly limiting their opportunities. As much as they want to get ahead, they simply can't see how to get there. Trajectory is the answer. Each and every person has their own "trajectory" or career path - and this timely and refreshingly practical new book presents seven strategies designed to help anyone create and manage theirs. Readers will discover how to: make the most of feedback; avoid stagnation and break through plateaus; think big, act small, and move quick; achieve growth through failure; move to the front of the pack through persistence; continuously develop both "soft" and "hard" professional skills; and much more. Career success doesn't happen overnight. From building relationships with mentors, to positioning (and repositioning) yourself for promotion - this essential guide provides the tools you need for a lifetime of advancement.
Here is sample of what leading business executives and bestselling authors have to say about Trajectory:
“Clear, practical and insightful, Trajectory illuminates a smarter, more efficient route to success for leaders, employees, and entrepreneurs in any industry. It is impossible to maintain happiness without meaning and direction, and in Trajectory, positive genius Dr. David Van Rooy uses his battle-tested expertise from Walmart and Marriott to reveal the underlying currents that predict your success and happiness at work and in life. You will finish this book on a more successful path than when you started it. For only once you discover your trajectory, you can change it.” ~Shawn Achor – New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and positive psychology researcher
“Trajectory maps out a range of effective approaches for achieving career goals. If you’re stuck about what to do or where to go, this is a thought-provoking read.” ~Adam Grant - Wharton Professor and bestselling author of Give and Take
“Trajectory provides you with proven advice to boost your career. This powerful and straightforward book is sure to motivate and guide you to maximize your potential.” ~Marshall Goldsmith - Author of the New York Times and global bestseller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
“Continuous career development is something we all do. Trajectory brings together many of the most important aspects of a successful career into a compelling, easy to understand model for us all.” ~Josh Bersin - Principle and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte
“As the HR leader of one of the world’s most admired companies a prime focus of mine continues to be ensuring people develop meaningful and successful careers. The strategies in Trajectory will enable you to do just that. Consider this book essential reading if you are serious about owning and accelerating your career.” ~David Rodriguez - Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Marriott International
“In Trajectory, David Van Rooy describes the factors essential to success in business and life. It is a practical guide, complete with real world examples that are both entertaining and instructive” ~Jim Weddle - Managing Partner, Edward Jones
“Personal authenticity coupled with introspection and action will take your trajectory to the highest heights. A good quick read, that should leave you with excitement about doing something about your career. I will be shocked if after reading this book, you aren’t motivated more than ever to go and do something purposefully about your career.” ~Charles Baldwin - Executive Vice President & CAO, Cabela’s
“Trajectory leaves you with tried and tested advice to advance your career. Whether you are just entering the job market or already established at work, these timeless strategies will help you take control of your career to be more successful.” ~Hon. Howard A. Schmidt - Former Cyber Advisor for President Bush and President Obama
“Inspirational and achievable! Van Rooy combines science, history, and real-life examples in this powerful guide to fulfilling one’s career destiny. Whether your goal is to find your own complete “point of flow in career satisfaction” or achieve the highest levels in your field, Trajectory is a must read to chart your path.” ~Tom Waldron - Senior Vice President, People, Walmart
”David redefines the typical notions of career planning and success in Trajectory. This is a must read guide if you want to learn effective and powerful strategies to move your career forward.” ~Joanne Dahm - Co-President of Performance, Talent and Reward, Aon Hewitt
“This is the career book you have been waiting for. David Van Rooy takes practical advice culled from real in-the-trenches experience, anchors it in research and history ranging from Seneca to Tony Hawk, and blends it with inspirational practical exercises to place you on the trajectory you desire. If you your career matters to you, overlooking this book would be a mistake.” ~Kaihan Krippendorff - Author, Outthink the Competition and CEO, Outthinker
“David Van Rooy’s Trajectory is a pragmatic, yet powerful synthesis of stories, concepts and advice on charting your career. Whether you are at the start, near the end or somewhere in the middle of your own trajectory, this book is a great read. And, the book is a great resource to use with those who are seeking career advice from you!” ~Roger Cude - Enterprise Vice President, Talent and Organization Development, Humana, Inc.
“As a human resources executive and educator, I’ve used many career management resources over the years. Trajectory offers readers a crystal clear and actionable framework for anyone seeking to take charge of their career. Coupled with this framework is powerful advice that every professional should consider, regardless of where they are in their career journey. Without question, this book will be a primary tool in working with both my clients and students now, and well into future.” ~Craig Williams, Ph.D. - VP, Global Organizational Effectiveness (Retired); Faculty, East Carolina University College of Business
Click here to read his recent interview with The Work Revolution advocacy group.