Career: Expectations Versus Realities

You've made it! You've secured your first job. Well done. You're prepared to begin your ascent to the top of your industry, having beaten off hundreds of other eager graduates for the post. And steer it. You are on your way to the globe.

Before you reach the summit, though, there are a few things you will discover along the route. Here is our view on first-job expectations versus reality.

The expectation is that you will utilize all of your college-learned talents and make the most of your degree.
Consider yourself fortunate if you find yourself in this circumstance, and consider yourself even luckier if you get an entry-level employment that corresponds to your undergraduate degree during these difficult times. There are now in-demand occupations, such as customer service specialist, accounting staff, IT assistance, and multimedia designer, but you may discover that your degree does not align with any of them. However, it is not the time to be selective. Find a source of income sufficient to meet your necessities, and use the chance to learn. Focus on your transferable skills while enhancing your soft skills along the way.


Reality: Not all college-acquired talents will be applicable, and your college concentration may be irrelevant.
You may satisfy your employers by taking pride in your character and your work.
You were born a people-pleaser. Do you enjoy gaining their favor by highlighting your accomplishments? It is also recommended to temper your pride, as not all workplaces will be as friendly or accommodating of this characteristic. And this is not an argument against them. Consideration should be given to the formality and rigidity of certain company cultures by first-time job seekers.

Communication is crucial, particularly when developing a rapport with a potential employer for the first time. You should put yourself out there as much as possible, but be careful not to overstep bounds and become arrogant. Such examples have recently been published online. A job candidate's disrespectful WhatsApp responses were deemed impolite. Because of his disrespectful responses to the hiring manager, another recent graduate was denied. These red flags will immediately diminish your job prospects.


Reality: Rudeness and arrogance are significant red flags that will diminish your prospects.
Expectation: You are a one-of-a-kind hire who will have a significant and rapid impact on the organization.
This appears to be the most idealistic expectation for a first job. True, no one else resembles you. However, neither your present skill set nor your values are unique to you. Practice the art of self-promotion and manage this specific expectation with humility.

Consider your surroundings because it's likely that other applicants have the similar mentality. To stand out, you must hone your storytelling skills in order to emphasize your accomplishments without seeming too impolite or conceited. Do not assume that you know everything, that you can provide solutions to every problem, and that you can handle duties that are beyond human capacity. Accept and value even the smallest differences you bring to the table, as attaining this position will require time and experience.


Reality: Subtle self-promotion will advance your career in the long run.
Expectation: Your job will provide significant income, allowing you to enjoy a lavish lifestyle.
The reality is that your first compensation package will only be sufficient to tide you over until the next one. Also essential is the ability to negotiate your pay offer. This demonstrates that you have done your research, are aware of your value, and have a strong understanding of what you can offer the organization. In a sense, this also demonstrates to the hiring manager that you are serious about the position. Utilize JobStreet's salary calculator to determine your desired take-home earnings.


Your first paycheck may not be as generous as you had hoped, but you should still negotiate.
At your first work, you will be expected to meet predetermined objectives at a predetermined location and time.
The epidemic has resulted in modifications to how work is performed. While the scenario following the epidemic remains unclear, some practices will be maintained. There may be a focus on short-term objectives, the office may be relocated to the home, and working hours may consume every waking moment. Any recent graduate joining the workforce during or after the pandemic should be equipped with flexibility and adaptability. In terms of your objectives, workplace, and time, uncertainty will always be a factor, therefore it's essential to be ready for anything.


You must be adaptable enough to work through uncertainties.
First employment is something to celebrate and be excited about. To avoid frustration, however, it is best to temper any unclear employment expectations. Realistically, you will be learning as you progress through the employment process. Be kind with yourself and take it easy.

Expectation: With the amount of money you're earning, you'll soon be able to purchase a succession of fashionable outfits. You will take the time each morning before work to come polished, magnificent, and powerful.

Your well-groomed appearance lasts approximately one week. Two weeks, tops. You will soon be sleeping in until 8:10 a.m., putting your hair in a bun, and putting on the first clean outfit you can find. You would wear sweatpants to the office if you were allowed to.

Finally, new affluent professionals to get acquainted with! You will benefit from their experience and discuss vital concepts with one another. Respect amongst all parties.

These individuals have no sense of humor. The drama, scheming, and backstabbing. Sometimes it feels like you've returned to middle school. Your primary objective is to maintain composure and remain unaffected.

Steve Mark

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