So how exactly do you know what you want to do for the rest of your life?
Short Answer: you don’t know
Your first job is not your last but learn from it
After I graduated, I was fortunate enough to be employed by one of the world’s largest market research company. I never had to intern, I’ve always been lucky with landing paid co-op opportunities which led to my position at the research agency post graduation. During my first job, I learned a lot of industry lingo which was new to me. Words like “high level” – which is a top line summary of what needs to be covered, EOD (end of day), using “+” to add someone to an email thread and “-” to remove, the list goes on.
Key takeaways from my first post grad role
- I’ve learned what it means to be professional, to be more confident and assertive while being modest and understanding.
- When a manager gives you the reins, take it, don’t second guess yourself. If someone believes in you and give you the authority, ride with it. Trust me, don’t say no.
- Your managers (generally) are not there to set you up for failure, they want you to succeed so believe in them like how they believe in you!
- Your first job will have setbacks, but don’t worry, it’s a phase and you’ll soon be speaking their language and it will all work out
- Network with other people outside of your team, it’s very important
I’ll be doing a part 2 of this that talks about how to find your career. I’m not a career coach but sharing my thoughts as an alum!