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They Don't Teach Corporate in College by Alexandra Levit

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BE THE MASTER OF YOUR PLAN

At twenty-two years old, I had been an overachiever all my life. Naturally, I expected to experience success beyond my wildest dreams at my first company. I was going to go in there and kick the corporate world’s ass. As soon as they saw what I was made of, I was sure they’d make me the company’s youngest vice president. I put so much pressure on myself to know everything right away that I nearly collapsed under the weight of my own unrealistic expectations.

Your first jobs are not the be-all and end-all of career stardom. How can you master the skills it takes to get ahead without putting in time in the trenches? That’s like saying you can win an Olympic gold medal in swimming without learning to doggie paddle first. ...

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