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Reviewed by Martina Svyantek for Readers' Favorite
One of the greatest concerns for a new college graduate is getting a job. And after they get that job, they then worry about keeping it. After having read Career Wonders and Blunders: If I Knew Then, What I Know Now: A Practical Guide for Graduates and a Refresher for All Others, I believe that it is easy to say that Ms. Claudia A. Samuels Newton knows what she is writing about in this book! Career Wonder is honest and open about what works, and what doesn’t, after you leave the classroom behind.
Written for everyone, but maybe especially for those students who did not have a lot of job experience before or during college, Career Wonders offers up the experiences of different characters as guides to what is or is not appropriate in the workplace. Though most of the so called “essential blunders” are things that I would have hoped that my fellow students would have picked up on their own, such as “Do not sleep on the job” mimicking “Do not sleep in class,” I do believe that there is valuable insight to be gained from Ms. Newton’s words.
I highly enjoyed reading this book. I was very lucky to be able to move through college while working and getting some on-the-job experience working in office settings and working with students. For those who are unfamiliar with doing things like turning reports into the boss on time, interacting with co-workers, and dressing for success. This book acts as an essential guide for navigating those crucial weeks on the job while making an impression that can last for an entire career.