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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Patricia Kao: Patricia graduated from Stanford University in 1993 with a degree in Economics. Patty spent over four years at SCA Consulting, a boutique consulting firm in Los Angeles, where she started as a Business Analyst and then became an Associate. (SCA has since been acquired by Mercer Consulting.) Patty currently heads the Business Planning department for House of Blues Entertainment, a music company headquartered in Hollywood.
Susan Tien: Susan graduated from Harvard College in 1993 with an A.B. in Organizational Psychology, and from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1996 with a J.D. During the Internet boom, she worked at one of Silicon Valley's largest law firms, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She next went in-house as corporate counsel to various high tech companies including Exodus Communications, eBay, and Silicon Graphics, Inc., where she currently works.
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