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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse; 2nd edition (April 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438930631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438930633
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I recommend this book as a 'must read' for college graduates." -- Bettie Corbin Tucker-bookreviewers.org

"Human Resources would do itself a favor by presenting each new hire with a copy of this book."--Edward Halebian, Television Executive

"Following the advice in this book at the start of your career will give you a 'leg up' on your competition." -- Scott Braverman, former Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor

"I would highly recommend this book as a resource to students who want to succeed in their future careers." -- Stanford University Senior

"This isn't just another book...it's one of the best handbooks to have when you get into trouble or need ways to improve in many contexts of corporate life." --NVS, Computer Scientist

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Andy Teach is a thirty-year corporate veteran. He received seven promotions during his career and was most recently Vice-President, Network & Cable Research at a major Hollywood studio. Andy has been quoted in several national media outlets including Forbes.com, Yahoo Finance, NBCNews.com, and the U.S. Metro newspaper chain. He has been the guest speaker at companies/organizations such as American Express, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, the CPA/Law Society of Ventura County, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, and at over 50 colleges and universities. Andy is also the host of the new YouTube career advice channel, FromGradToCorp.

Andy was an unlikely corporate soldier when he first graduated from college. At that time, he delayed joining the corporate world when he and a friend embarked on a three-week, 1300-mile journey from New Jersey to Florida by bicycle. After that, Andy decided that "in order to beat the establishment, you first must become a part of it."

After his bicycle trip, he landed a position as an assistant media planner for a top ten advertising agency in New York City. He was promoted to media planner within six months. Andy then joined another advertising agency in New York as an assistant account executive. This agency specialized in motion picture advertising, which helped Andy later realize that his true calling was in the entertainment industry.

Andy then moved to Los Angeles, where he worked for a year as a production assistant for a television production company. He got his big corporate break by getting a job at a major television and motion picture studio in the research department, where he worked for over twenty years! Andy started at the bottom rung as a research clerk and rose to the position of vice-president.

Andy is a member of:
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS)
National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
National Speakers Association (NSA)

Before beginning his corporate career, Andy graduated from Rutgers College with B.A. degrees in Business Administration and Human Communications. He has traveled to all seven continents and currently resides in Southern California.




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I thought this book was very informative and helpful.
Kate
The author did a great job in making this book a very useful tool to help you as you work your way up the corporate ladder.
Scott Braverman
I recommend this book to recent college grads as well as soon-to-be grads.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bettie Corbin Tucker VINE VOICE on March 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
From Graduation to Corporation by Andy Teach offers advice that only someone who has climbed the corporate ladder to success could provide. I was impressed, not only by the array of subjects covered, but by the honesty of the author when he listed a summary of thirty-two things he did right and seventeen things he did wrong so that readers could learn from both lists. His exit from a major television and motion picture studio in Los Angeles, California was premature and not something he wanted. He had worked in the same department for twenty-three years and was proud of his accomplishments and the opportunities he had been given. Though he had had several jobs after college, only the last one did he considered a career. He was a perfectionist who, among other things, had to make sacrifices, learn to handle stress, and deal with the never-ending hard work; however, he believed the rewards far outweighed the negatives. It wasn't just the material things he enjoyed, but he was passionate about making a difference--being the best that he could be. I must emphasize that Mr. Teach did not consult experts as resources for this book, but wrote it from his own personal knowledge and insight when it comes to corporate culture. The author covers fifteen rungs (or chapters) leading to the top of the ladder, and readers would be well advised not to skip a rung or they could eventually fall. The purpose of this book is to prevent this from happening.

Mr. Teach stresses that college graduates need to look for a career, not simply a job. They should strive to work in a field that truly interests them so that their enthusiasm will be evident and well spent. If an individual is not comfortable in the corporate world, then he or she should look elsewhere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ed Halebian on June 4, 2010
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Whether or not you plan to pursue a career with a big company, "From Graduation to Corporation" is a worthwhile read. The book provides insight on how to gain entry, grow and survive in today's workplace. Andy Teach relates real-life stories and often amusing anecdotes on how to contend with the challenges and rewards of working in a corporate environment. However, much of the protocol he describes applies to working at smaller-scale businesses as well. "From Graduation to Corporation" is a valuable guide for anyone beginning their career -- or even beginning a second career later in life. Human Resources would do itself a favor by presenting each new hire with a copy of this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vin Smith on June 5, 2009
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Andy Teach nails it with this insightful look by an insider into the convoluted world of the American corporation. A daunting subject for new grads, but Andy breaks it down into the essential components in ways no other book has ever dared. A must read if you wish to be the man in the gray flannel suit--or the next entrepreneur creating the next big thing. Andy is also one great interviewee; his responses to questions on my nationally broadcast radio show were second to none.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Libby Gill on June 7, 2011
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The aptly named Andy Teach does just that in his new book - teach. I have coached thousands of people on building their careers and I heartily recommend this book to anyone graduating from college or starting out in a new profession. It not only gives you a practical step-by-step (or should I say rung-by-rung) approach, it comes from someone who has definitely been there and done that. A must read for grads!
Libby Gill, Executive Coach and Author of YOU UNSTUCK
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Comder on July 15, 2010
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I normally don't write reviews unless a product is extremely good or bad. And this product was extremely good.

Starting off the book, Andy gets the reader comfortable with the whole career finding process by talking about how he he started off after graduating from college, how he started to network, and how he landed on his first career that lasted him for ~20 years.

He offers you advice after advice through the whole aspect of finding a career, getting interviewed, and then finally STAYING in the career.

This isn't just another book... it's one of the best HANDbooks to have when you get into trouble or need ways to improve in many many contexts of cooperation life. His structure is clean and crystal clear, his sentences and ideas are concise, and his advice are honest and truthful. Just get the book and see what I mean.

- NVS
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Braverman on January 26, 2009
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This is a great guide for college graduates, and really EVERYONE working in the corporate world. Following the advice in this book at the start of your career will give you a "leg up" on your competition and co-workers. And, if you've been in the corporate world for a while and feel you are not where you want to be, or it is not as enjoyable because you feel you haven't had the success you envisioned, then put into practice what the author is writing about and watch your career turn around for the better!
The book contains great practical advice grounded in common sense and written in an easy to understand manner; and, the suggestions are easy to implement. All this sets this book apart from others like it that are typically difficult to read and whose advice is often difficult to implement. The author did a great job in making this book a very useful tool to help you as you work your way up the corporate ladder.
The author's numerous real life and PERSONAL stories and examples also help put his advice into context... here's what can happen if you do things the wrong way, here's what can happen if you do things the right way. And, the author's honesty and openenss in writing about the things he did wrong that caused him to "fall off the ladder" is something you won't find in other books of this type. Honesty breeds credibility.
Get this book, read it, re-read it, implement the advice, and you will have a successful career.
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