What I Wish I Knew About My First Job

This Labor Day, take a moment to reflect back on all the lessons you’ve learned through working.

On the first Monday in September, workers everywhere celebrate their achievements on Labor Day. This Labor Day, use your long weekend to consider the valuable lessons you’ve learned from your jobs over the years. Imagine how different your first job would have been if you started out with all of the knowledge and experiences you’ve gained. New job seekers, make note as you enter the workplace.

 

Be realistic about your goals.

Children are told that they can be anything they want when they grow up, but the truth is this isn’t always the case. While it might seem disappointing at first, this is actually a good thing. Each person has their own strengths and interests that will make them better equipped for some jobs more than others. Someone who is naturally better with numbers will make a better accountant than a person who hates math.

 

The grass will always seem greener.

A friend lands a big promotion; a coworker gets a raise — it’s easy to compare yourself with others. The truth is, though, most of the time we don’t see the whole story. Maybe that friend had been turned down for that promotion several times, and only got it after lots of hard work and overtime. Regardless, comparing your job, salary, or situation to those around you isn’t going to help you. Focus on your own experience and goals, and you’ll save a lot of time and be happier in the long run.

 

Flexibility is key.

When you start a job you have a pretty good idea of what it will entail, but there are almost always surprises. At many companies, you might be asked to do a task that doesn’t fall exactly under your job description. Or, there may be occasions when your schedule changes, you have to work overtime, or you have to make changes to a project you worked hard on. The most successful employees are open to these changes, and willing to adapt.

 

You will make mistakes.

No one’s perfect, especially when you’re learning a new job. If you recognize that in the beginning, you’ll be less devastated when you make a mistake, and more likely to bounce back from it more quickly. Treat each experience like a learning opportunity. Try your best, and if something goes wrong, don’t worry about it too much.

 

Penmac offices will be closed Monday, August 5th in observance of Labor Day! Thank you for your hard work and dedication!

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