An Advice for Fresh Graduates before you take that First Job, Have an Exit Plan

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Have an Exit Plan

Don’t spend years on that same job if they don’t give you career growth in terms of skill and salary.
Let’s not be hypocrites, we all work so that we could get a life, don’t give your life to work.
Having friends and relationships in the workplace is nice, but that aint the goal, you should not stay in a dead end job just for your friends.
True friends are friends no matter where you are.

Before you take that first job, set a goal, “I want to learn as much as N so that I can perform role Y and be a sought-after subject matter expert on it, and I’d like to earn as much as $$$$$ in two years”

This is a S.M.A.R.T. Goal (from wikipedia)

  • Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
  • Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
  • Assignable – specify who will do it. (you)
  • Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
  • Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.

Having a specific plan removes the emotional aspects that make it hard to leave the first job, combating the common fear “I might not get a new job after this”. If you focus on your goals of learning, you will definitely increase your chances of landing a better job.

Why the first job is very important

your first boss will have a lot of impact you your career,
a good one can help you build a roadmap, shows you the way and helps you gain confidence towards reaching your goals.
a bad one will tell you “you are stuck here forever” (and we dont want that)

Don’t just get a job for the sake of having one.
Choose one that fits your goals, if your goal is to learn then find companies/bosses that look for the same.

Hiring is a two way street, not only the company should like you, you should also like the company.
And by like i don’t mean just being nice, I mean your goals should match the company’s.
How would you get there? just be honest, tell them what you want to learn and grow into.
tell them were your weak points are. The good companies who support growth and development will take you in, just be honest.

Focus on your goal

don’t get stuck, don’t get blocked, allowing yourself to be blocked from your personal goals by your current job is a surefire to kill motivation and evolve to be that reactive-always-complaining employee. People fight over petty things when they don’t have better things to worry about such as a strong goal.
Don’t be one of those cancerous people in the workplace, ignore pessimists, improve your skills, focus on your goal and Move on when absolutely necessary.

When to quit strategically?
i suggest you read this

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“The Dip” by Seth Godin will teach you when to stick and when to quit.

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 any time you’re in a meeting where you’re not contributing nor adding value–you are encouraged to use your two feet and find a place where you can.


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