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Teach's Tips For Climbing the Corporate Ladder

March 26, 2009

by Miles Bird
Teach's Tips For Climbing the Corporate Ladder

Andy Teach, author of From Graduation to Corporation: The Practical Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder One Rung at a Time, gave a presentation to Claremont students on Tuesday night on what graduates should know when entering the workforce. Although some of the presentation was filler--with gems such as, “do not have '' as the email address on your resume,” or, “don’t date the boss,”--he had several tips worth the trip up to Bauer:

  • There is a generation gap between us (Generation Y) and older workers. This generation gap causes conflict, and it is important to respect and be aware of the values of older and veteran employees.

  • Our generation sometimes feels that it is entitled, and it is important not to be cocky just because you got a 2400 on your SATs or did a baller internship last summer.

  • Don’t try to change the system on your first day on the job. Rules and policies are there for a reason and as you learn more about the office your recommendations for improving the corporate workplace are more valuable.

  • Don’t take criticism personally. Ever. Learn from it and move on quickly.

  • I liked this one. Dentists and doctors can be good sources for internship opportunities. For example, next time you are at your dentist ask them if they have any MBA patients and ask if they can put you in contact with them.

Teach's 10 Commandments are available here, and you can follow him and other "Brazen Careerists" (read: career coaches) on his profile page.

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