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Welcome to the Real World

Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job into Your Dream Career

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


The essential book every workplace novice needs—a smart, practical, and fun guide to help them navigate the minefield of personalities, learn to work with their boss, identify priorities, and ultimately kick butt at their first job.

It’s a challenging time to be young and new in the workplace. Your parents can’t help—the rules have all changed, and faster than guide books can keep up. In Welcome to the Real World, career expert and entrepreneur Lauren Berger arms a new generation of workers like you with the tools you need to succeed. She feels your pain. She’s been in your shoes. Just a few years ago, she was you.

In a world defined by uncertainty, she argues you need to be bold, take risks, and understand your value. She shows you how to think of your job as a link that will eventually connect you to the opportunity of your dreams. It’s time to get comfortable getting uncomfortable, she advises. Her essential handbook tells you everything you should know to make the most of your first on-the-job experience, including how to: Think about “The Big Picture” Deal with rejection Effectively manage your time Navigate “sticky situations” in the office and communicate with different personality types Embrace entrepreneurship regardless of position, rank, or title Organize your financial situation and personal life Get promoted and (one day) take your boss’ job!

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 10, 2014 – Berger, founder and CEO of, offers tips from the trenches to get millennials through that all-important first job. Berger presents specific proposals for new hires, such as how to schedule a successful meeting, and email templates for following up with networking contacts. The book is peppered with anecdotes from Berger's own first job as second assistant to a Hollywood agent, including spectacular screwups like the time she sent her boss to the wrong restaurant to meet with the wrong client. Some of her "we've all been there" tactics may not be applicable to all readers, such as references to "piloxing" (Pilates kickboxing) or her lament about blowing paychecks on Nordstrom's clothes and $13 martinis; unnecessary acronyms like "FIO: Figure It Out" quickly become tiresome. Still, Berger's willingness to poke fun at herself she shares her personal "rejection playlist" makes for a bubbly and appealing big-sister voice. This is a solid resource for new grads who feel overwhelmed by adulthood and just want someone to tell them what to do.
Welcome to the Real World
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Careers
  • Published: Apr 22, 2014
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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