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Making it in the Real World

 

Making the Transition from College to the Real World

Workshops, eBooks, and links to help you survive and thrive in your first job.

Congratulations on leaving or getting ready to leave college, grad school, or your post-doc. You've learned a lot, had fun and made friends. Now you're looking for a job and the reality is sinking in... College hasn't fully prepared you for the Real World. Relax, and welcome to dougsguides: a set of ebooks, workshops, and links to help you find a great job with great people.

Looking for your first job? --> Read Finding Your First Job
Got your first job? --> Check out Working with Other People and Managing Your Boss

 

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Empty lab coat draped over a chairAbout four years into graduate school I very nervously told my advisor I wouldn't be looking for an academic job. In those days (the late '70's), it was a very rare student who didn't do a post-doc....
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