Your First Job Shouldn’t Be Your Best Job

by Joe Lavelle on April 29, 2010

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You walk across the stage wearing your cap and gown.  Four years of late-night studying and 8:00am classes have finally paid off because you are now a college graduate.  You are ready to conquer the world!  Now it’s time to get the perfect job, find the perfect apartment, and socialize with all of the perfect people after work.  When the first moments of life out in the “real world” don’t meet these amazing expectations that you have set for yourself, what happens then?

On her blog Water Cooler Wisdom, Alexandra Levit reminds her readers that there is no such thing as a perfect first job.  Instead, she offers the advice that you need to view your journey as a career, not a destination.  In today’s environment, it is highly likely that you are going to start your career in the same office that will present you with a gold watch in forty years.  So, instead of seeing a job as your life fate when you are only 22 years old, take a few moments to think about the skills and experience that you can gather at this position and then use as you move closer to your professional goals.

What was your first job out of college?  Did this job meet the expectations of what you thought you would be doing once you graduated?  What were you able to take away from this job that you were able to apply to future positions?  I’m sure that every job provides at least one lesson learned for an employee!

Share your first-job experience with us and how your time at this position helped you later in your career, even if you were not able to see the benefits until years later!

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