The first few years out of college can feel particularly jarring as the day-to-day realities of entry-level jobs collide with preconceived expectations of what that experience might look or feel like. Your first job, even your first few jobs, is rarely ever going to be the dream job, but it is a critical time to start discovering strengths, interests, and skills for the future. This is also the time to start examining what you do and don’t like about work and how these relate to where you want to be in the future.
First and foremost, everything during this time starts and ends with the work you will do. It’s imperative you are showing up, every day, ready to give your all, to learn, to grow, and to make the best impression on your co-workers and superiors you possibly can make. As you work at your not-so-perfect-job, remember that you’re there to grow your skill set, learn how to be a working professional, explore your likes and dislikes in the workplace, and begin figuring out where you want to go next. If you can use your first professional role as an opportunity to learn and explore the world of work, you will be better equipped and skilled to position yourself for that next job and to understand where you want your career path to go.
When Your First Job Isn’t Your Dream Job featuring Lauren Mahomes (’12):
Joining a Team
featuring Tommy Derry (’12):
Explore Your Likes, Dislikes, Strengths, and Opportunities for Growth featuring Meghan Haenn (’10):
Build Your Professional Network
featuring Brett Kaiser (’12):
Located in the Office of Personal & Career Development
Reynolda Hall, Room 230
PO Box 7427
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
Front Office 336.758.5902
Our mission is to educate Wake Forest alumni on how to successfully navigate their personal and professional lives after college. We provide knowledge, tools, resources, and opportunities for connection for our alumni as they work, build their lives, and make decisions about what comes next.