My First Job Out Of College - A Honest Reflection

After countless hours of researching companies, applying to companies, interviewing, and getting sweet rejection letters, I finally got my big girl job a couple of months ago. I finally got a chance tonight to sit down and reflect on this past couple of months.

I know firsthand how hard it is to find a job, a good job that pays well, and makes you want to get up and go to work. The pressure is ridiculously high for new graduates. Many hope to land a job before they graduate or at least a couple of weeks after. I, for one never thought it would me take this long to land a job. It took me almost nine months to find this job, and during that time, I was getting very discouraged. I had people telling me that I set my expectations too high. If there is one thing I want everyone to get out of anything they read or hear today is that to know your worth. I refused to work for anything less than what I knew I was worth. So, before you even start looking for a job, start listing all the skills, knowledge, and ideas that you have that can help you in your interviews and leverage a higher salary during negotiations.

Those first couples of weeks of work, I was lost and excited at the same time. I got a job that was not remotely close to what I studied in college hence, the confusion the first couple of weeks. I highly recommend keeping a running list of all the things you are, being told to do, or being taught, so you don't forget. I also recommend making file folders on your computer and getting used to saving everything that is sent especially instructions.

I like to be prepared, and one can never be over-prepared. The day before I started working, I researched for countless hours on, "what to bring to your first day of work." There are many articles written, and I took that information and decided what I should pack. I already had a tote bag that I was gifted years ago, so I didn’t need to buy a new purse or bag of any kind. The bag that I take daily is a Kate Spade tote bag that I put all of the following in:

  • Lunch bag

  • 32oz Hydro flask

  • Chapstick

  • Wallet

  • Keys

  • Extra pair of socks

  • Scrunchies

  • Lotion x2

  • Travel size deodorant

Looking back at those nine months, I have absolutely no regrets. I enjoyed being home with my family after studying for four years in college 8 hours away. It was great to finally get a break from school and holding a part-time job. To be able to focus on me, my blog, and my hobbies. I don't have as much time as I did then. So while everyone around you is frowning about you not having a job just remember, time does not stop for anyone or anything. It keeps moving and, there is absolutely nothing you can do about that. You can savor the little moments or, you can keep yourself in a perpetual state of anxiety and disappointment.

What is the one piece of advice you would give to a recently graduated person?

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