Lauren Berger is a self-described Millennial who understands that a major shift in workplace culture has just occurred in our country–people want jobs that are fun and pay well while also looking for perks and opportunities for advancement and professional development. Welcome to the Real World is organized into ten helpful chapters discussing workplace rules, actual work scenarios, prioritizing and “ice” words, identifying your personal brand, building rapport and relationships, financial issues and creating a work life balance. The advice is sound all around and focuses on taking the reader new to a job out of his or her comfort level and showing them how to apply the ideas in the book to achieve excellence.
I particularly enjoyed Berger’s section on getting along with one’s boss, regardless of their personality. Many young people make the mistake of trying to be best buds with a boss and it never ends well–the boss is likely to start controlling the person’s off time as well as time on the clock as a result of this friendship. However, I am not sure I see eye to eye with Berger and her advice about becoming friends with coworkers instead of the boss. I am not a fan of getting too close to co-workers because I have worked at several places where people became fast friends (and faster backstabbers). I do agree that dating at work is not a good idea, for obvious reasons. You will never get a “real” breakup since you will constantly see your ex/co-worker post the split; if it ever comes to that, you will have to endure the awkwardness and find new ways to keep your job as a result of falling in love at work.
The section titled “Oops, I did it again” highlights common problems experienced by people who are new to the job or company and tells them how to get out of tough jams. Rumor mills, dealing with a missed promotion opportunity, and taking advantage of career growth opportunities are all covered. The book has an interesting mix of advice and questions to help the new career reader to think of viable ways to keep a burgeoning career on track. I recommend this book to anyone new to the job market who wishes to succeed and wants to learn from the mistakes of others.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
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