Ready, Set, Work! was written specifically for individuals who are either beginning their careers or who have been away from their careers for such time that they no longer feel confident about their ability to understand and navigate easily within their new work environment. This is not a book about job skills in the normal way we think of job skills. That means I do not attempt to teach primary job skills like oral and written communication, analytical thinking, or any type of technical skills one might need for any given job. There are many wonderful books and training manuals in these areas that do much better justice to those topics than I could ever hope to. In addition, this book is not about conducting a job search. The assumption is that by the time you read this, you already have already conducted your job search, have survived the application and interview process and are on your way to your job, and in many cases, your first job. The information here is not meant to take the place of the new employee orientation offered by most private and public employers. New employee orientation is typically geared to a specific employer and describes the mission, goals, policies, programs, and services offered by that organization. New employee orientation is invaluable in giving new employees information that enables them to at least minimally begin to feel like a part of that particular organization. The specific nature of the training means that the information provided is normally not readily transferable to other employers and therefore must generally be repeated whenever you change employers.