What job starters need to know about working life: reality check instead of shock

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Today I introduce a dedicated career beginner book. And a book for all those who have graduate students, who do not know where to go. Or job starters who should not be so close to reality.

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Help, reality shock


There is little or nothing at school and at universities about the things that matter in real life. This applies especially to the whole area of ​​working life.

Although professional qualifications are taught here and there, the laws and rules that govern organizations are persistently silent. Especially for graduates, Alexandra Levit has now written an entry-level manual. "My first real job" prepares beginners well to enter a new world.

The thing about the stove


We usually believe that the hotplate is hot when we have our fingers on it. A cumbersome and time-consuming process to get along with the world. Better to learn from the experiences of others.

This is particularly true when it comes to laying the foundation for future success. Or at least for a profession that is fun. That is why it is important that Alexandra Levit clean up with some mistakes that cost a lot of money, lifetime and joy of life.

Everything at the beginning


This could be learned by students from this book:

Just in time to consider where the trip should go. For those who are trying to work here, sometimes, will be hard to get the experience and the knowledge necessary for top positions. Life can not be fully planned. But surely, no one who does not pursue a goal reaches any.

To learn rules. As a career starter you should have left the pubertal defiance behind you and be ready to learn anything new. Patience, perseverance and an accurate goal setting are the ingredients for successful entry.

Anticipate. Who once Executive wants to be, should act from the outset (and clothe, by the way), as if he or she is already an executive. That's the only way the superiors even come up with the idea of ​​recognizing one's potential (as a rule, one does not look for junior staff with the magnifying glass, but takes those who position themselves for it).

From academic heights land on the ground of the facts


"My First Real Job" is a book in which Alexandra Levit tells us how it is out there. On easy-to-read 270 pages, the author gives well-founded behavioral tips and explains the most important, mostly unwritten laws of business everyday life.

So prepared, career starters do not fall into a crisis right away if they have to spend all their energy on the first day, a few ridiculous office supplies and one eMailto get the address.



One of the few books for professional entry, which explicitly address students / university graduates. Strong reading recommendation, because it considerably reduces the shock of reality and provides a good map for the new terrain.

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