Taking that Plunge – First Job After College

Finishing up a college education and beginning to think about what you want to do for the rest of your life is not a simple task. There are so many options available to you and knowing which direction to choose can feel overwhelming. The questions of whether or not you really know what you want to do in your career will definitely begin to arise when you search for the right first job.
When going through the process of job searching and deciding on where you want to work, who you want to work for and the type of work you want to do, it is really important that you take your time in the process. There shouldn’t be a rush to lock down a job that you are not at least somewhat happy with. You should weigh all of the options that come in during your interview process.
It is important to feel happy about whatever first job that you want to take on following graduation. It is okay to be uncertain about but there should have some level of excitement about the next phase of your life.
Another extremely important factor to remember during this intense time of change is that this is not completely set in stone. If you begin your new job and have extreme levels of unhappiness following the learning curve in your job, then it is time to reevaluate. You probably have aspects of your job that you like and other parts that are really making you unhappy. Be honest with your boss about what those are. Express your passions and areas of interest while also discussing where you are unhappy. These kinds of conversations are extremely important to creating an open dialogue and room for change.
If you cannot find happiness at some level in your first job, you should not feel bad about needing to move onto something else to pursue your interests and keep yourself growing in your career. The experience that you had will help you move onto a new opportunity that is better fit for you.
Keep an open mind and relax during this exciting time in your life. Don’t be afraid to follow your heart. Your career is what you make of it and you cannot be afraid to own it.

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