How to Go to Work

How to Go to Work

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


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

It's tougher than ever to get the fundamental skills you need to get started and thrive in your career.

Whether you are on your first Saturday shift, about to start an apprenticeship or climbing the leadership ladder, this is your indispensable guide to surviving and thriving at work.

Find out what really matters in getting hired for your first job and how to make the best start in your new role. Drawing on the collective wisdom of CEOs, creatives, scientists, activists and professionals in every industry, this is all you need to know about how to go to work.

From dealing with your mistakes to celebrating your successes, from making an impression on day one to building your resilience and protecting your values, How to Go to Work is packed full of all the vital advice you need to jump-start your fledgling career.

This vital practical guide will show you how to:

- Find the right work experience and internships to get you through the door
- Present your best self online and in person
- Gain confidence, authority and resilience and thrive in your role
- Navigate the ups and downs of starting your first or second job and help you make progress in your career

From office etiquette and how to make the most of any placement, to employment rights, how to deal with toxic workplaces, pensions and negotiating pay rises, How To Go To Work is the essential guide for anyone embarking upon or consolidating their career.


  • 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.
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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.
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