My first job out of college was as a job developer. I learned of the job through my college placement office. I was very excited to land my first professional position. When you are graduating from college, you never know when you will land a job or what it will be. When I interviewed and was offered my first job, I was unstoppable and ready for whatever the job had to offer. I soon learned that there will always be things that you will like more than others in every job.
I loved my first job because it gave me the opportunity to interact with students and assist them with finding, what might have been their first job. My new position allowed me to talk with and educate students about life skills. Life skills are those skills that prepare you for work life. Topics that fall into this category are: how to dress for success, resume and cover letter writing and interviewing skills.
I found that I didn’t love the developer part of the job as much as I did the “job” part. Being a job developer involved cold calling businesses asking for job opportunities for the students who would be completing the program. This was not an easy task and it was measured through a monthly quota. For me, working with a quota was very stressful. Some people thrive in this type of environment.
Your first job out of college is an opportunity for you to learn a lot about the workforce and also a lot about yourself. After working my first job for a while, I learned that I like working with and helping people. My first job shaped my career path going forward. I also learned that I didn’t like any type of sales or quota work.
Here’s How You Can Make Your First Job Count
- Learn everything that you can about everything that you can.
a. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
b. Learn more than is required.
c. Always challenge yourself to learn even more.
- Acknowledge your personal strengths and weaknesses.
a. Build on your strengths.
b. Improve your weaknesses.
c. Shorten the gap between the two.
- Think Long-Term
a. Use this experience to set the foundation for what you really want to be when you grow up.
b. Think about how your first job can help you get to your next job.