You just graduated from college and landed your first “big kid” job but soon after the excitement goes away and you sit there wondering… “Did I make the right move”?
The answer is Yes. You may not feel it, you may not be enjoying this experience but yes, you made the right move.
Not everyone lands their dream job on the first try…and that is okay. You have to remember that this is a learning experience. Right now you are molding your career, figuring out where you want it to take you, and if this isn’t it, that’s okay. You just learned something that you don’t want to do.
So What Do You Do In The Mean Time?
You work hard and learn everything you can. Don’t focus on the negative focus on the positive. Use this experience to gain new skills and knowledge. If it isn’t challenging enough for you, go create new challenges. Pitch new ideas. Strive for new goals. Ask questions.
Make every day count.
Go to work every day ready to learn something new. Make friends with your coworkers and share some interesting stories. The more effort you put into this job, the better your days will be. You’ll feel like you are gaining valuable knowledge that you can take with you to your next job.
Then after work, spend time thinking about your next step. Spend 30 minutes developing skills that align more with your passion. Write about what you love doing more than anything else and where you want to see yourself in 10 years and how you are going to get there.
Set goals for yourself at the end of every week or month. Remind yourself why you are sticking out this job because this job was only the first step you had to take to reach your goals.
Grab every lesson and learning experience you can.
Build your network, right now time is on your side. Use this time to reach out to people in your desired industry. Grab a coffee with them or take them out to lunch. Learn more about the industry and the people in it before you decide to take the next time.
And when you are ready to move to the next phase in your career, don’t burn bridges. Leave knowing you helped make an impact and you learned everything you could from that position. Leaving knowing you grew as an individual and employee. Leave knowing your next step will align with more with your passion.
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