How to Go to Work

How to Go to Work

The Honest Advice No One Ever Tells You at the Start of Your Career


What do you do when work is overwhelming, it feels like you're completely lost, and every mistake you make seems to pile more pressure on your shoulders?

'This book is the resilience you need to adapt and thrive as you enter the workplace.
' Paul Jarvis, author of Company of One

The definitive careers guide for starting out in today's working world.

It's never been tougher to get started in your career. In a world where entry-level positions require years of experience, it can feel like you've fallen behind before you've even begun. Even when you finally manage to get yourself a job, how do you make sure you're standing out from the crowd and succeeding?
In How to Go to Work, careers experts Lucy Clayton and Steven Haines deliver the indispensable guide to surviving and thriving at work. Whether you've just begun working your first Saturday shift, you're about to start an apprenticeship, or you're already climbing the leadership ladder, it's chock-full of the vital advice you need to jump-start your professional life.
This practical and accessible guide will show you how to:
- Find the right work experience and internships to make the best of your time
- Deal with mistakes and handle the pressure that comes with professional work
- Gain confidence, authority and resilience, and thrive in your role
- Navigate the ups and downs of your early career and make fast progress
From getting your foot through the door, to dealing with office politics and toxic workplaces, to negotiating pay, pensions and promotions, How to Go to Work is the essential manual for anyone embarking upon or consolidating their career. Using the collective wisdom of CEOs, creatives, scientists, activists and professionals in every industry, presented in the style of an entertaining but direct guide, Clayton and Haines prepare you for the ride of your life.


'A vital book to anyone trying to get their head round the challenges or work. Deadly serious advice delivered in a style that is never deadly serious. An important but entertaining read' Bruce Daisely, bestselling author of The Joy of Work

'Full of invaluable advice for those at the start of their career' Cate Sevilla, author of How to Work Without Losing Your Mind


  • The way work... works is rapidly changing. This book is the resilience you need to adapt and thrive as you enter the workplace
    Paul Jarvis, author of Company of One

About the authors

Lucy Clayton

Lucy Clayton is passionate about discovering and mentoring talent. She is part of the charity, Speakers 4 Schools, a committed network of leading figures who want to give back to young people in state schools. As former CEO of Community Clothing, a social enterprise with a mission to sustain and create jobs in the UK textile industry, she was honoured in the Financial Times and HERoes inaugural list of top 50 'Champions of Women in Business 2017'. She is the founder and presenter of DRESS:FANCY, a podcast series exploring the social significance of costume and she is a speaker at industry events including WGSN, Fashion Revolution, The Royal Academy and TED.
Learn More

Steven Haines

Steven Haines is a campaigner for social change. He began his career in UK Government, working on widening access to education for disabled children. He is now Executive Director for Policy and Campaigns at the National Deaf Children's Society. He was the Global Campaign Moblisation Director at Save the Children International supporting campaigners in 120 countries to reduce the rates of pregnant mothers and their babies dying in childbirth. He has worked as an advisor to the Government of Rwanda where he helped put in place a programmme to train the next generation of civil servants and during 2015 was a Special Advisor in the United Nations Secretary General's Office working on the Global Strategy for Women's Children's and Adolescent Health.
Learn More

Sign up to the Penguin Newsletter

For the latest books, recommendations, author interviews and more