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Your Professional Debut: How to Get the Most Out of Your First Job
It's impossible to know what to expect from your first job. Here is some perspective on your professional debut, as well as some advice for getting the most from your first job.
You're in the unique position of being justifiably inexperienced--take advantage of it.
Your first job out of school is uncharted territory. It's impossible to know what to expect. No internship, career counselor, or summer job can fully prepare you for your first step into the working world.
That said, we'd like to give you our take on what to expect from your first job -"we" being the twenty-something members of Experience who have had first jobs in the recent past. Some of us enjoyed our first jobs, others suffered through them, but we all gained some perspective that might ease your anxieties as you make your professional debut.
Let us be the first to tell you that (chances are) your first job will not be your dream job. It is impossible as a recent graduate to know exactly what your professional interests are, or to have all the right qualifications and contacts necessary to land much more than an entry-level position.
But that's okay; it's to be expected. Your first job is your orientation to the working world. Use it to get your bearings, to begin developing professional interests and career goals, and to make contacts. At the moment, you probably have similar qualifications as many other job seekers. Take this time to decide how you are going to differentiate yourself from your peers.
Be a sponge
Be ready and willing
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