Welcome to the Real World by Lauren Berger

First Published: April 22nd, 2014
2015 Popsugar RC Category: Book Written By Someone Under 30
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BLUF: Good guide for those looking for or starting their first job. For those on the job a year or more, you will get a few great tips, but this is a guide, not a self-improvement book.

** I received this book through GoodRead’s First Reads program.**

Pros

  • Few great tips including: importance of organization, setting priorities, and managing expectations; phone/email etiquette; research expectations; and FIO (figure it out).
  • Her writing is easy to read and she uses personal experience for examples.
  • Great foundation for those new to having a career to build from.

Cons

  • Written with the assumption you are going to be an assistant or secretary.
  • Few bad tips including: Knowing your supervisor’s friends and favorite restaurants; solving office politics by simply ignoring your frustrations and continuing on in a miserable environment as if it wasn’t; telling your coworkers and customers about your next dream job when you’re still at your current employer; and showing up first and leaving last aka, revolving around your boss’ schedule (Okay advice, but my job is to be efficient. Should I feel obligated to come in at 8:30 like my boss? No, I’m going to kick butt at 6:00. Also, dedicating time off the clock to your employer will often get you in trouble).
  • All advice centers on the author. This means that there is a strong chance it’s not applicable to you. For example, telling night owls to wake up early because it works for the author is rather counterproductive for the night owls.
  • Has a section on how to deal with a difficult boss, but doesn’t actually give you any good advice! This would have been the most beneficial section to those of us a year or two into our first jobs
  • The last sections on how to schedule your social skills and other personal, non work related was half-baked.

A year ago when I started reading this, I adored it. Now, I just thought it was okay. It has some good tips, but I didn’t like that it gave a single solution. Because of this, it turns from a self-improvement book to simply a good guide to start from until you can build your own work ethic.

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