Every year, many new college and professional school grads get their first jobs as entry-level employees in Corporate America. The client service industries in particular -- management consulting, investment banking, law and accounting -- employ a new army of young worker bees every fall season. Lured by the opportunity to make a great deal of money and gain a broad education in the business world, recent grads often enter the corporate environment with no understanding of the written and unwritten rules of Corporate America to guide their behavior. They simply expect their new employers to train them completely.
We wrote this book for the benefit of those with little practical experience with the inner workings of the corporate world. The advice we offer comes from our personal experience and those of our friends and colleagues. We are presenting everything we wish we had known our first day on the job, but didn't. We had little exposure to the corporate world -- our parents were academics, small business owners, and immigrants to boot. We scrambled to get up to speed, made a lot of painful mistakes doing it and envied our peers who seemed so much more comfortable in the same environment.