Aaron McDaniel

Aaron McDaniel

Aaron McDaniel is a corporate manager & entrepreneur with a passion for helping millennials build the foundation for successful careers. He is also the author of The Young Professional's Guide to the Working World: Savvy Strategies to Get In, Get Ahead, and Rise to the Top. After graduating from UC Berkeley’s Haas Undergraduate School of Business, Aaron entered the Leadership Development Program at AT&T, a Fortune Global 100 company. After holding various management roles, Aaron was one of the youngest to serve as Regional Vice President. His experience includes roles in marketing, customer service, operations, business development, strategy, and sales management, where he was named to AT&T's Diamond Club, being recognized as one of the company’s top 1% of sales leaders worldwide.

Aaron is the founder of multiple ventures, one that successfully sold in 2012. He is also the founder of Spark Source, an organization focused on empowering young professionals to succeed in their careers. His passion for helping young professionals succeed reaches back to his time at Haas where he instructed the highly rated student-led course, “Leadership and Organizational Dynamics” from 2002–2004. As an active member of the National Speakers Association, Aaron continues to share strategies for success, having spoken at many universities and to young professionals at top companies like Wells Fargo.

Outside of his professional life Aaron is passionate about giving back to the community through active involvement in the Full Circle Fund, Junior Achievement, and as a “Big” in Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2011, Aaron founded the Jill Wakeman Foundation for Equality and is always on the hunt for new restaurants and cultural experiences in San Francisco, where he lives. You can follow Aaron's blog at YPEdge.com.

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How to Make College Worth the Cost

College is expensive. But most research still suggests that a college degree is a good indicator of career and financial stability. You just need to figure out how to make that tuition bill a little less scary!read more

What can college students do to improve their employability?

Get experience! The more internships, the better. Since school does not necessarily teach you how to be successful in your career, you have to learn in other ways.read more

How might students benefit from a formal mentorship?

Mentorship is crucial! Formal mentoring relationships are so important. Find experts and those who have accomplished great things in areas you are interested in.read more

How will my major affect my career?

The key to choosing the "right" major is to understand that some majors prepare you for a specific career but most do not. read more

How and when should students start thinking about their career aspirations?

Career development is a continuous process that we all have to work at even decades into our career because our interests, skills, and situations are constantly changing. The earlier you can start, the better.read more

How influential is a "name brand" college?

A "name-brand" school can play a part in the connections you develop. The name of your school will open doors for you, and a strong network of alums in high places will give you opportunities that those from non-brand name schools might not get exposure to.read more