Everybody Hates Their First Job

This summer, hundreds of thousands of young adults will graduate and enter the full-time work force for the first time, many in professional roles. It’s a tough labor market for new graduates, so it’s with all sincerity that I say congratulations on your first job. Unfortunately, prepare to hate it. Everyone hates their first job, to the point where it’s a rite of passage. It will be a painful reconciling between your expectations, self-awareness, and reality, like a professional adolescence. But if you go into it with the right attitude, you’ll learn a lot about what you want out of life that will guide the rest of your career. To help you through it, here are some observations and advice that will make the transition a little less rocky.

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