10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before My First Job

May 24, 2017

group of graduates  taking picture with cell phone

group of graduates  taking picture with cell phoneGraduating from college? Congrats! Now it’s time to find a job and begin your career. If you’re feeling nervous, don’t worry –  starting a new job often strikes fear into the heart of even the strongest person.

As one of my career coaching clients said, “Starting your first job is like the adult version of your first day of school. In most cases, you don’t know anyone, you’re not sure if the other ‘kids’ will play nice or be mean to you, you don’t know the layout of the new workplace or even where to find the bathroom, and you’re not sure if you’ll fit in.”

One way to ensure success in a new job is to learn from others. Soon after my own college graduation, I remember asking a family friend what she wished she’d have known before starting her first job. Read the rest of this entry »