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They Don't Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-something's Guide To The Business World Paperback – September, 2004

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"...workforce newbies need a boot camp like this to face up to the rigors of the working week." -- Abby Wilner, Co-Author of Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in Your Twenties

"Alexandra Levit has written a savvy, informative guide for first-timers making their way in Corporate America." -- Stacy Kravetz, Author of Welcome to the Real World; You've Got an Education, Now get a Life

"Her straightforward, practical advice is something that all colleges should recommend to their outgoing seniors." -- Amy Joyce, author of I Went to College for This?: How to Turn Your Job Into a Career You Love

"This book explodes with practical and relevant advice for young professionals who want to master the fast track yesterday." -- Harry E. Chambers, Author of Getting Promoted: Real Strategies for Advancing Your Career.

"Whether you're having a quarterlife crisis or you just want an insider's guide to the working world, read this book." -- Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager® and The Leadership Pill

About the Author

Alexandra Levit is the author of four books and a writer for several career and lifestyle Websites, including the Huffington Post and Yahoo!. Her career advice has been featured in more than 800 media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Public Radio. Levit regularly speaks nationwide at conferences, universities, and corporations on workplace issues facing young employees. A 10 year veteran of the business world, she lives in Chicago with her husband and son. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Career Pr Inc (September 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564147657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564147653
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,782,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexandra Levit's goal is to help people succeed in meaningful jobs, and to build relationships between organizations and top talent. A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a current writer for the New York Times, Alexandra has authored several books, including the bestselling They Don't Teach Corporate in College, How'd You Score That Gig?, Success for Hire, MillennialTweet, New Job, New You, and Blind Spots.

Since serving as a member of Business Roundtable's Springboard Project, which advised the Obama administration on current workplace issues, Alexandra produced the critically acclaimed JobSTART 101, a free online course that better prepares college students and graduates for the challenges of the workplace, and a U.S. Department of Labor course that helps military veterans transition to the civilian workforce.

Alexandra consults, writes, and explores leadership development, career and workplace trends on behalf of American Express, Deloitte, DeVry University, Intuit, and PepsiCo. She has spoken at hundreds of organizations around the world including the American Management Association, the Federal Reserve Bank, Campbell Soup, McDonalds, and Whirlpool.

Alexandra is also a frequent national media spokesperson and is regularly featured in outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, CNN, ABC News, CNBC, Forbes, the Associated Press, and Glamour. An American Management Association Top Business Leader for 2014, she was named Money Magazine's Online Career Expert of the Year and the author of one of Forbes' best websites for women.

A member of the Northwestern University Council of 100 and the Young Entrepreneur Council, Alexandra just received the prestigious Emerging Leader Award from her alma mater. The award honors a Northwestern graduate under 35 who had made a significant impact in her field and in society. She resides in Chicago, IL with her husband Stewart and their two young children.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Yelda Basar Moers on October 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
After leaving my job, I was disillusioned about the direction of my career in Corporate America until I picked up and read Levit's book. She provides a voice of reason and a voice of wisdom as she guides you through every stage of the corporate game to assure your own personal fulfillment and success. Levit gives the reader confidence and a new outlook because she does not just provide comforting words. She elucidates her point with concrete examples. With the "Take Home Points" section at the end of each chapter, she makes sure that she has drilled in the mind of her reader the key lessons to each chapter. She demystifies Corporate America as she decodes the lingo, reveals insider secrets and strategies to overcome the common obstacles all face, and provides tools to understand the psychology of the workplace. Chapters such as "The Purposeful Workday," which deals with time management, procrastination and organization, and "People Management," which tackles dealing with difficult people and managing relationships with coworkers, are a must read for anyone in any work environment. Stressed out? Consult Levit's chapter "Check Your Attitude at the Door" where she armors you with ways to combat negativity, anger, worry and stress to come out victorious!

This book is not a one-time read. I predict that readers all across the country will bring it to work as a reference guide.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Sakin on April 10, 2007
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I am a College Professor and I have been using "They Don't Teach Corporate in College" as a supplement to my "Supervisory Mangement" Class. Alexandra Levit is right on the mark with this book. The students have really enjoyed reading this book and have learned so much from it. I have incorporated this book into my class discussions and the students will be more prepared for the corporate world because of it!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard Golden on September 26, 2004
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I was so pleased with Alexandra Levit's guide to the business world that I had to express my feelings. It made me see my role as a new employee in a new way. I especially liked the chapter on People Management. I thought that would be for executives or managers and that new people like me were the managed ones. I didn't realize the ways that I could manage THEM. Thanks.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Win Win on April 8, 2006
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This is a great resource for anyone entering Corporate America. If you've worked in an organization in a non-professional position and think you know Corporate America--YOU DON'T. One might think the information is 'common sense', but too often we don't use common sense until someone makes the 'light bulb' go off. Alexandra does this beautifully! I highly recommend this book for any new grad. The examples are great and can apply to almost any corporate situation. For example, in my current role, as a new employee, other staff would constantly ask me to do task that was NOT my responsibility. Rather than say, NO, I said, I'm not sure if I handle that, you might want to ask my supervisor! This was GREAT advice! They were clearly trying to take advantage of me because I was new. (I was alarmed because they took me out to lunch, drilled me for information on my background, and asked me the same question 3 times, 3 different ways) Can you imagine what else they would have thrown at me had I said, sure, I'll do it? That might not sound too exciting, but trust a new grad, in your first position, you are soooo eager to please everyone and show that you are a hardworker--you'll find yourself doing your work and everyone else's. Now those same co-workers ask for my help, and not try to insist that it's my job to do it. This way, I have the option of taking on extra work or not. With all that said, go ahead and invest in your corporate career--purchase the book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JRM on April 6, 2006
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This book came along at just the right time for me. I have recently joined the Americorps straight from college and have found it difficult to adjust to the business world. I was so confused because I was super smart in college and graduated at the top of my class. Then I started in the professional

world and all of the sudden I didn't know how to do anything. I was so used to doing my work and then getting it reviewed and receiving input before turning out the final product. Starting work was a shock. This book describes the exact tools you need to adjust and how to smoothly transition into the professional world after college. I would recommend it to anyone who is experiencing these types of feelings.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jon Guidry on September 6, 2007
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Managers searching to work with GenY employees would greatly benefit from reading this book. Why? Because it helps them bridge the gap and understand how Gen Y thinks. GenY wants two things: They want to be productive, and they want to succeed. Some traditionalist and baby boomers have a hard time understanding why Gen Y needs tools like a Blackberry to be productive. GenY wants these tools because they grew up with them. This is the generation that grew up IM'ing, texting, e-mailing, etc. They are most productive with these types of tools, and will blow your minds with their accomplishments if you provide them with what they need. Gen Y wants to feel useful and productive - you need to challenge them and their abilities and give them room to prove themselves.
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