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Hiring Stories: What to Expect When You Enter the Workforce

Hiring Stories: What to Expect When You Enter the Workforce
From Recruiter - August 5, 2016

1. Your Education Doesnt Define Your Career

I actually started my career while I was in college, working as a temp part-time for Edgenet, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) firm. I needed the cash while I pursued my nursing degree.

After a few weeks at Edgenet, I was surprised to discover I enjoyed the work I was doing there far more than I liked my health care classes in schooland that was a field I had wanted to go into for many years. Because I enjoyed it so much, I did really well at my job. And that stunned me, too. I didnt realize how much can actually be taught on the job, but pretty much everything can. Your education is foundational, yes, but it certainly doesnt define your career. Thats what happens after you graduate. How else would a 19-year-old nursing major with no technology experience be given responsibility for international, brand-name accounts for an SaaS firm after a few months on the job?

Dana Becker, Edgenet

Mark Says

Make a commitment to continuously learn new skills so that you dont become so incapacitated by fear when you have to learn something in the future.

2. Your First Job Is a Learning Experienceand It Can Get Really Awkward

The maybe not-so-funny/sad thing about graduating college is your first job in the field is a learning experienceexclusively. This is something professionals who are far removed from graduation can easily forget.

In my senior year at UNO, I was recruited by a one-woman marketing department to work on SEO for a blog (which was not communicated to me in the hiring process). The woman and I were both confused about who was supposed to be the expert here. I felt she assumed I knew everything about the professional world since I was a soon-to-be grad when I actually accepted the job as a mentee position of sorts. She was looking up to me as the expert to teach her. The result: We both spent most of our time shrugging our shoulders and feeling weird in her cold, stale office while she crunched away at a large bag of celery, kindly offering me some.

The job was very unstructured and a big, awkward misunderstanding. Walking into the office the three times I came in was a skin-crawling cringe-fest, but Im very glad I got that over with before I found my real first job at Red Branch, where they actually understood I needed time to learn and explore my skill set.

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