You're not the first person to wonder how the whole education/job/career thing works. That's why Game Planning – A Super Short Guide to Getting a Real Job/Career was written. Numerous works have been penned for individuals occupying the C-suite, but there' s a dearth of material for those who just want a decent job.
For those in a career that's not going anywhere look for Playing the Game - A Super Short Guide to Advancing in Your Career coming in Fall 2013. It will detail rules of the workplace and cover the secrets to advancing.
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