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I went to college for this? : how to turn your job into a career you love
Joyce, Amy.
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Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill, [2003]

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xii, 189 pages ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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So Now What? explains how to navigate the sometimes tricky and often confusing career path for those who are just breaking into the real world. More often than not, college graduates will accept a first or early job offer that does not reflect their degree and training, or, if it does, they may be able to secure only an entry-level position. With these truths in mind, the author guides twenty-somethings through how to make the most of their early positions and use their first jobs as incremental hops to career happiness. So Now What? is unique in that it doesn't tell a person how to get a job through a fabulous resume or an impressive interview, but instead teaches the reader how to use their first job -- and the skills and experience acquired in that job -- as an actual stepping-stone to bigger and better things. Topics include: networking; making menial jobs important; gaining respect from superiors; how to ask for a promotion, more responsibility, or more visibility; recognizing when it's time to look for a new job and much more. Written in breezy twenty-something language by a 27-year-old career columnist at The Washington Post, the book contains real-life anecdotes of other po

Author Notes

Amy Joyce writes the weekly "Life at Work" column for the Washington Post.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
1 This Is It?p. 1
You Don't Have to Know It All Now
Where to Start?
Nothing's Too Small for the Recent Grad
Take It from Sue
2 First-Job Frustrationsp. 17
First-Job Blues
Paying Your Dues
... And Grunt Work Can Be Way Cool
Enjoy the Ride, You'll Get There
3 Meeting Peoplep. 29
Don't Hide. Stand Out--or at Least Up
Don't Eat at Your Desk Every Day
Focus on What You Do Best
Stepping Up to the Plate--without Stepping on Toes
Drawing the Line
Asking for More and Better
Salary Negotiation Time
4 No Excusesp. 51
The Motivating Factor
Doing Good Work, and Getting Good Work from Doing Good
5 The Boss Rulesp. 65
Talking to the Big Kahuna
Asking for Feedback
Taking it Like a (Wo)Man
Finding Your Yoda
Screwing Up
Ask, Ask, Ask
Office Romance
6 Where Do I Go from Here?p. 87
Good Work = Good Network
Making Connections
Building Bridges
Darren's Big New Job Search
7 Give It a Chancep. 107
Dealing with Rejection
Sticking It Out
Moving Up Is Hard Work
Learning the Lay of the Land
When Life Gets in the Way of Work
The Woe-Is-Me Excuse
Girls (and Guys) Just Wanna Have Fun
Freak Your Parents Out
Moving On for Yourself
8 What You're Learningp. 147
This is So Not My Dream Job
Learning in Any Job
Figuring It Out by Process of Elimination
Should I Hit the Road
Finding the Perfect (or Perfect for Now) Fit
When to Bail
Taking a Chance that Turns Out to Be ... Wrong
So Why Hire Me after That?
When the Going Gets Bad ...
Making a Graceful Exit
Finding Connections
Don't Burn Bridges ... Even If
Getting Canned
9 This Is Preparation Time For ...?p. 179
Not the End
Indexp. 185