BOOK REVIEW: Levit teaches a great deal to young pros

It's true: Nothing you learned in college will prepare you for the corporate world. Office life is a long way from the simple equation of hard work plus book smarts equals good grades.

It's true: Nothing you learned in college will prepare you for the corporate world. Office life is a long way from the simple equation of hard work plus book smarts equals good grades.

A former Edelman account manager, Alexandra Levit writes with honesty and a refreshing bluntness about office mysteries that boggle young employees. She guides new grads through the first day on the job, first office party, first business trip, and even first time managing a staff. While most of her advice is common sense, the book offers solid guidance for anyone set to enter corporate America. Even corporate veterans will appreciate her tongue-in-cheek observations of the difference between "real friends" and "work friends," and how to decode office lingo ("Let's leverage this best practice to add value and impact our bottom line"). Sprinkled with bullet points and real-world examples of corporate successes and gaffes, this book can be referred to by 20-somethings (and those who need a refresher) again and again. Title They Don't Teach Corporate in College Author Alexandra Levit Publisher Career Press (September 2004), 256 pages Reviewed by Beth Herskovits

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