It’s your first real job. It’s hard not to be excited. There is so much to learn and a lot of it will be told to you directly. There will also, however, be many important lessons you won’t even realize your absorbing until later.
Here is a jumpstart on some of the things no one is telling you at your first real job.
Your Life’s Greater Purpose
Sure, many of us are lucky to land a role that points us down the perfect path. But your greater life’s purpose probably isn’t directly tied to the workplace; it’s a lot more complex than that. It’ll take time for you to grow as an individual before you decide what you value most in the world, and this first role might not give that to you.
Anything You Don’t Ask About
Remember, your first real job is your responsibility. If you don’t ask questions, you’re not going to get answers. Soak up everything you see around you, but don’t forget to put the queries out there. It’s time to take charge of your role, and asking the right questions is the best way to begin.
How to Bypass Frustrating Workplace Etiquette
Let’s be honest, there are unspoken rules that exists in each individual workplace that you may never understand. It takes time and focus to masterfully navigate the trends and habits in each company, and it’s certainly not a skill you can check off your to-do list. Pay attention to your environment and follow cues, but don’t worry if you’re still nervous about how to interact with your company executives.
What Your Personal Work-Life Balance Recipe Is
This can’t be learned in your first role because it’s constantly evolving. You’ll never be able to forget about balance, because it’s something you need to continuously work for. You may work late hours in your first role, or get emails on the weekend, as much as you hope not to. Take care in navigating these scenarios one by one. Chances are, it’ll take you a few roles to really find out what works for you, depending on what’s going on in your life outside of the office.
The Perfect Company Environment for Your First Real Job
Your first role is a unicorn experience. You have nothing to compare it to, so it may feel like the way your coworkers interact is the way it is around the world, in every other office. That is not the case; each company has their own unique internal structure, vibe, and perks, and you won’t know until you’ve moved on to a new role and gained experiences to compare what best fits your needs.
You may work in this role for years, taking steps up a corporate ladder until you’ve reached the top. Or, you’ll move on in a few months to a new adventure.
Either way, don’t take the blank canvas of your career for granted.
Joining the working world for the very first time is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
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