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7 Tips for Your First Business Trip

Originally published on LinkedIn March 4, 2014

Guest Post by Alexandra Levit

My good friend Alexandra Levit is the expert on making the transition from college to career. To celebrate the 10 anniversary of her breakthrough book, They Don’t Teach Corporate in College, Alex weighed in for me on some of her favorite tips to handle that all-important first business trip. Here goes:

The first time your boss tells you that you’re shipping out of town, you’ll probably jump for joy— this is exciting stuff! Not only do you get to escape the office, but you also get to spend your company’s dime sleeping in a king-size bed by yourself and sampling cuisine from a new city’s finest restaurants. And don’t forget about those free mini-shampoos in the hotel!

After a while, the magic of business travel wears off. You find that your trips away from the office involve working more hours, not less. You return, exhausted, with a bag full of dry cleaning and a week’s worth of emails to catch up on. But for better or for worse, business travel is a part of life—here’s how to make the best of it. read more »

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