They Don't Teach Corporate in College, 3rd Edition: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World

They Don't Teach Corporate in College, 3rd Edition: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World

Alexandra Levit

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 1601633084

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


"They Don't Teach Corporate in College is too good to be given only to the twenty-somethings. Anyone who's feeling lost and overwhelmed in cubicle country can benefit from reading this eminently practical book."
--Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell is Human

"This insightful and essential guide to mastering the politics of corporate America should be required reading for every college graduate."
--James A. Boyle, president, College Parents of America

"This book is loaded with solid information designed to demystify the business world, including a short, to-the-point glossary of office lingo and a terrific chapter on how to make a long-term career plan."
--Anne Fisher, Fortune

"If you're looking for a guide to ease the transition from flip-flops to wingtips, a fine choice is They Don't Teach Corporate in College. Alexandra Levit does a great job of attaching assumptions that high-achieving college grads drag into the workplace with them."
--Mary Ellen Slayter, The Washington Post

"Whether you're having a quarter-life crisis or if you just want an insider's guide to the working world, read this book."
--Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Entrepreneur

"This book is a must-read for new entrants in the work force and useful even to the more experienced professional."
--Caroline Ceniza-Levine, National Association for Colleges and Employers

"After four years of jeans and baseball caps and three hours of class a day, workforce newbies need a boot camp like this to face up to the rigors of the working week."
--Abby Wilner, coauthor of Quarterlife Crisis

"Ms. Levit teaches newbies such practicalities as making a memorable first impression, networking without cringing, coping with difficult personalities, and learning to be an effective boss. The book is easy to read and loaded with common-sense techniques."
--Steve Powers, The Dallas Morning News

They Don't Teach Corporate in College has resonated with tens of thousands of readers and is currently used as a text in corporations and universities across the country. This new and updated edition reflects the unique needs and challenges of current twenty-somethings, who want to make a difference right now but lack some of the core skills to make it happen. It incorporates fresh tips for building your transferable skillset, networking and enhancing your productivity in an increasingly digital world, and becoming an effective leader.

Chock full of personal anecdotes and written from the perspective of a wise older sister who doesn't want you to learn the hard way, They Don't Teach Corporate in College includes no-nonsense advice for:

  • Making the smartest career move right out of college.
  • Landing the job of your dreams by avoiding the black hole of HR.
  • Establishing a strong reputation by encouraging others to like and cooperate with you.
  • Navigating your organization's social scene and practicing cringe-free networking.
  • Mastering skills that will take you anywhere, such as goal-setting and self-promotion.
  • Combating negativity and coping with difficult personalities.
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    this on your radar screen.” What it means: This person is implying that she plans to forget what she is about to tell you as soon as the words come out of her mouth. You, on the other hand, are responsible for keeping it top of mind and following up appropriately. 14. Phrase: “We need to first capture the low-hanging fruit before getting to the heavy lifting.” What it means: This person wants to get the easy stuff over with before moving on to actual work. 15. Phrase: “Let’s leverage this

    night poker game. The good news is that drinking is not typically the focus when the boss takes the team out for lunch. The bad news is that you have to watch more closely what you say and do, because people are actually paying attention. When the group arrives at the restaurant, don’t sit next to your manager at the big table. You’ll look like a brownnoser to your coworkers. Plus, if conversations split off, guess who you’ll be stuck talking to? Also, don’t be the first one to order. Note

    so it will be easy to make a mistake. Also, the account managers, the senior executives, and my boss might think I’m overstepping my bounds. Have I prioritized the best option? After analyzing the pros and cons, I believe the benefits of #4 to be the most substantial, and its drawbacks to be the most tolerable. I can mitigate the risk by collaborating with others as I take the reins. Step Four: Implement the chosen solution. How will I roll out and communicate the solution? 1. I will

    particular task. Do you want to repeat this same dance again later, or would you rather just get the task over with now? 2. The task is boring and you’d rather do something fun. Think about the big picture. Sometimes the most worthwhile activities require the most effort, and, in turn, produce the greatest rewards. Besides, how can you really have fun when you’re feeling guilty about blowing off your work? 3. You’re afraid the task will be too hard or take too long. Consider that every minute

    have a vast store of knowledge and years of experience to draw from, but you can get promoted just by creating the perception of being competent and informed. I translate Carnegie’s “speaking acceptably” as “effective in-person communication,” because there is much more to speaking than the content that comes out of your mouth. Did you know that only 7 percent of meaning is conveyed with the words you say? People get the rest of your message based on how you say it. In-person communication

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