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The essential Millennial careers book from the founder of The Smarty Train, the award-winning agency that unlocks talent globally.

'Fresh and essential for performing in today’s frenetic working world'
Heidi K. Gardner, Harvard

First job, new challenge or just bored of the same old? Master the new working world with The Smarts by doing, thinking and feeling to be the best you.

Saj Jetha – economist and founder of multi-award winning training and talent advisory The Smarty Train – has distilled everything he knows about work success in this witty, irreverent collection of smart hacks. Having helped tens of thousands of people at major corporations worldwide like Accenture, EY, BP, HSBC and Deliveroo, Saj reveals his secrets for gaining a professional edge in the new working world.

Don’t expect a list of dry, pointless mantras about ‘working hard’ and ‘being punctual’ either. Discover why it’s best to have a difficult conversation with your boss after lunch, what to do when you’re stuck for something to say, and why giants drink coffee. Easy-to-remember, beautifully designed, jargon-free chapters cover everything from the basic (nailing first impressions) to the profound (getting to know how your brain works).

Whether you’re an intern, are moving to the next challenge in your career, or are the CEO, The Smarts offers indispensable advice that’s all about unlocking your talent; doing, thinking and feeling in the smartest possible way.


Fresh and essential for performing in today’s frenetic working world

Dr Heidi K. Gardner, Harvard

Words of wisdom from a master practitioner

Professor Sandy Pepper, London School of Economics

Jetha’s pointers on dealing with colleagues, workload and managing tasks is as much relevant to a junior doctor as to a banker or teacher

Sam Singh, Consultant Surgeon, NHS

A sparkling, immediate and accelerated way to hack work. The Smarty Train in a book

Riaz Shah, Partner, Global Talent, EY

Finally, a business book that talks to a new generation

James Darley, Director of Strategic Alliance & Founding Ambassador, Teach First

Every page is a scintillating adventure through work. Beautiful

Beth Clutterbuck, VP Global Head of People, Deliveroo

The sort of guidance that we all wish we’d had when we started out

David Spencer, CEO, Police Now

A great read to help you keep your ‘work vitals’ in check, and a keen reminder in a world full of life-hacks what can really make the difference to you and others. This book goes beyond the transactional and helps you get in that ‘move forward mindset’ through equipping you with simple, helpful, insightful and very real hints and tips to make your life better.

Joe Gordon, Head of First Direct

Fresh, distilled, need-to-know stuff

Rustin Richberg, Senior Vice President, Walmart US People

A compendium of illuminating hacks that will change your life forever

Alastair Gill, Head of People, GiffGaff

Bite-sized hacks with a bumper-sized impact

Julia Harvie-Liddel, BP Group Head of Resourcing

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    January 22, 2019


    120 pages

    RRP $24.99

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