Fresh out of college, you doff your graduation hat and ready the outfit you’re going to wear on your first day at work. Starting a new job is akin to the first day at school – there’s bound to be anxiety and excitement in equal measures. It’s your first step into the grown-up world and you tend to think that the journey from college to career will be picture perfect. Most new graduates often take up their first job for a variety of reasons – to get experience for their resume, to widen their network or for the money. But a first job can be surprisingly like a first date – first impressions count, there’s bound to be some awkwardness, and you never know what it can lead to. According to the My First Job survey by Monster.com, more than half of the young talent (66%) in India is ill prepared for their first job, citing being underprepared for work life, and lack of industry knowledge and experience, as the primary reasons. This is despite 53% of fresh graduates believing their first ever job is highly important to pave the way for their future careers.
Every entry-level debutant needs to remember that your first job is the equivalent of elementary school. We list down the lessons you’ll learn that will last through your career:
As part of the #MyFirstJob Campaign, we spoke to Rajan Anandan, VP, India & South East Asia, Google and here’s what he had to say when asked about his mantra
Whether you #LoveWhatYouDo or are hoping to #FindBetter the next time around, your first job will teach you plenty of lessons that will help you build a solid career.