REVIEW: Sean O’Keefe — Launch Your Career (BOOK)

Sean O’Keefe in collaboration with The Career Leadership Collective, has hit a big swing with the new book Launch Your Career: How ANY Student Can Create Relationships with Professionals and Land the Jobs and Internships They Want. Frankly the book should be mandated reading for any young millennial or ‘zoomer’ out there fresh out of college. In an era where black-and-white thinking has taken the reins for many young people’s ambitions and qualities of outlook, Launch Your Career pivots everything refreshingly back to basics. While modern in its thinking and style, O’Keefe if anything brings everything back to success strategy resting on one’s good attitude, observational tendencies, and willingness to put in the hard work. But above all else, willingness to fail.


There’s something kind of comforting about the author’s fixation on highlighting the necessity of the latter, citing its educational value for the young professional as paramount for days ahead. The book is far less interested in telling you — the reader — the actuality of the transactional nuts and bolts necessary to acquire for job success, and more about your own, inner dialogue and intrapsychic rationalizing necessary for fluidly pursuing desires within the modern-day markets. In two extensive parts of the book, O’Keefe wittily christens various blocks of information as numbered ‘Misconceptions’ and ‘Takeaways’, describing everything in bell-clear, simple language choice. He comes across as actually someone to consider role model material, rather than someone telling you they are of stature and/or position to consider as role model material. The result is something that makes the reader feel empowered, not handheld or coddled, but educated to the fullest extent on how likely it will be their own psychosocial fallibilities, rather than what’s on the report card, deciding how and where they will end up in certain positions in life.


Such an attitude is an example of the book’s ultra-modernist qualities, as many today in various hierarchal positions are reexamining and dissecting the mandated credentials model. Particularly with the pertinent innovations in the fields of technology and subsequently remote work experiences, the texture of the work world’s transactional fabrics is beginning to shift. But true to form, O’Keefe highlights this shifting will likely prove continuous, and a successful mentality reflected in one’s own conduct ensures their long-term success when reaching their desired position. An informed, continuous flexibility is crucial at all times, he stresses. It lays the grail from which success spawns and is continued. In the book’s conclusion, O’Keefe summarizes this MLA paper-style with a simple but ingenious quote from Ralph Charell.

“The inner speech, your thoughts,” he writes, “can cause you to be rich or poor, loved or unloved, happy or unhappy, attractive or unattractive, powerful or weak.” O’Keefe himself writes, “(The) path requires persistence and determination, but…have the inner strength to take these steps and…build confidence along the journey. You know what it takes and you know what to do. It’s time to turn that knowledge into action, if you haven’t already started.”

Colin Jordan

Graduate: McNeese State University, Avid Beekeeper, Deep Sea Diver & Fisherman, Horrible Golfer