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Book Review: College to Cubicle: Decoding Success for Students by Shantanu Mohanty

College to Cubicle: Decoding Success for Students by Shantanu Mohanty is a very relevant and insightful book for new students to already established people working in the corporate world. The book is special because it is written by the industry leader Shantanu Mohanty, he has been in the HR field for over two decades, and he found many observations in his career that can help the new generation in seeking jobs and climbing up the corporate ladder.

The book is poignant in guiding college-passed out students, often these young folks are too ambitious to get into a proper channel of job finding or carving out a career for them. They want to have money, name, and growth in shortest possible time. However, the ground reality differs from the expectation. Well, this book, step by step, laid out the information that will guide new job seekers on a right path. Be it any career – guidance and mentoring is vital. And consider this book your mentor.

Composed in 18 short and insightful chapters, the book is full of many takeaways such as finding the right niche before landing any job, the chapter on SWOT is brilliantly covered – in fact the author has at times spoon fed the needy by including the basic tips like how to make resume, tips on dressing and grooming, and much more. However, the most dazzling aspect in the book is ‘Understanding the Expectations of Corporate’. This is one chapter which is like elixir to all people working in the corporate sector. The author has explained all parts of it. Likewise, the entire book is segmented into pieces of knowledge. The author has taken care to explain the terms lucidly with good and related examples. Of course the book is for all to gain some or other thing; however, for students out of college, this book is more than an usher or a light house.

You can expect the following key takeaways from this book:

  • Understanding self-capacity with respect to education and then choosing the field (niche) for a job.
  • Setting short to medium to long term goals, one needs to climb up the ladder step by step.
  • Basic tips on finding jobs, online portal registration, how to leverage the power of networking, dressing and grooming, and most important how to prepare a relevant CV.
  • Interview process and practices
  • Understanding the corporate world. How one should behave in the corporate job.
  • Transition from a fresher to someone big in the company.

The book’s expanse is vast and clear. It tried to cover all the aspects that a fresh college passed student expect from his/her surrounding. Finding a job and making career in long term is nothing less than a battlefield. If you are ready for the fight, this book is your most valuable tool.

The author has kept his explanation short and segmented as not to confuse fresh minds with chunks of jargon or industry led practices. It is a good book, with smooth reading experience.

Buy from Amazon.


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