Unfortunately, this dream is rarely converted into reality most of the times and it is then that being employed might not seem like your ideal choice and you might think of giving up for greener pastures.
But, before you hit the quit button, here are some things you should keep in mind about your first job –
1. It’s not going to be perfect and you’re not going to change the world: As disappointing as this fact might be, it’s time you embrace it. Your first job won’t be the perfect one you have been dreaming out since the first year of college neither will you have the guarantee of doing something that matters or which makes a difference. But, that doesn’t mean, it’s not worth it. How you respond to the situation at hand will shape you and make you realize what you’re made of. Think of it as a testing ground. Because, success never comes easy to anyone.
2. You may learn everything and you may learn nothing: Starting your first job without any expectations is imperative. Let’s face it- your first job might just end up being in a field you may never pursue or might be the field you’re the best at- but there’s no way of finding that unless you stop expecting and overburdening your head.
3. You’ll have to give it your all: Your first job will be your first chance at the world of employment and the only way to make the most of it is by giving it your all. Welcome the long hours, being burdened with work and the brainwracking for coming up with ideas. It’ll pay off, eventually.
4. You’ll need to let you work talk for you: On your first job, it’s a given that things will not always go your way. You’ll have disagreements, go unnoticed and your ideas might be trampled but what will earn you respect is the quality of work. So, never compromise on that.
5. Your first job will be a job of realizations: Your first job may not necessarily teach you everything you need it to but what it will bestow on you in abundance are realizations. You’ll realize the importance of punctuality, how great it feels to be financially independent and analyse your strengths and weakness.
And, for that you’ll eternally be grateful to your first job.
(This article first appeared on Business Insider India)