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Is your first job, not your dream job?

Already been a year since graduation, but still no job? Oh! You are waiting to land that dream job! Well, then here is a secret that will change your life for the better.

‘Dream job is a myth.’

Yes, you heard it right!

Now, go ahead and explore the numerous opportunities available to you.

Why is ‘dream job’ a myth?

Well, to begin with, your dream job has promised you a ‘happily ever after’. Hasn’t it?  But the real world jobs, all of them, come with a downside. You need to complete the wearisome tasks too to stay in the job. And as you move ahead in a career, the responsibilities you are meant tohandle metamorphoses, not necessarily to your liking.

The conception of a dream job is likely to be based oncareer platitudes absorbed over time.  They dictate aspects of a job beyond just the work. A classic example is a work-life balance! The moment the idealized view of the job hits reality, your career hits a plateau!  So, now you know how disastrous it is to conjure up the dream job based on just the job description!

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In this era of ‘today’s jobs obsolete tomorrow’, it is not long before that coveted job becomes the dead-end to your career. For example, with the programming world moving to Java and .Net,seasoned C and C++ developers are now forced to learn these programminglanguages.  

Always keep in mind that pursuing an elusive ideal desperately will keep you away from worthwhile work.

First job, not dream job

The biggest career mistake people make is waiting too long for the dream job before getting into the first job. It is unrealistic to expect a career of purpose and passion with the very first job. The goal of the first job should instead be to find them.

First job is an opportunity to gain first-handexperience of the work environment, identify your likes and dislikes about ajob, and figure out where you want to be next.

The best way to figure out if a job is right for you is to actually do that job. This way you gain an insight into the company culture and management style. In fact, it is absolutely alright to try out a couple of different roles in the early stages of your career to understand what kind of job fits you the best. In this process, you may realize that the perfect job you dreamt about would actually cause more damage than good to your career. The thing to keep in mind, here, however, is to pick uptransferable skills and experience from each of the roles. 

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Multiple factors like boss management style, work environment, an actual day to day work, employee ownership, and work-life balance will contribute to whether or not you enjoy and excel at a job. Your first job is an opportunity to understand how these factors contribute to your performance in the job. Learning’s from your first job will help you choose the next job better.

The next job

By the end of six months or a year in your first job, you will have a reliable idea of what your next job should be. Here is some advice on how to make the transition from the first job to the next, smooth.

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Experience matter:

How is your LinkedIn profile looking? Academic accomplishments are all you have? If yes, then you need to change this situation without a delay.

Take up projects that will help bridge the skill and experience gap between your first job and the potential next job. If you have worked with a big company, you have an additional advantage because employers prefer candidate who know how to work.

It’s all about contacts:

Your first boss and coworkers can introduce you to future career opportunities. Strong professional relationships built on shared experience are the foundation of a strong referral network. Build a networking strategy with a long term career development instead of a narrow focus on the specific job, at the center

Opportunities come when you least expect them. But you need to be ready to grab them. For that you should continue to learn new skills and make the right connections. 

Honey Thomas

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