Despite the current job market, most of us were lucky enough to find work, though we may be in jobs we don’t exactly love. Many of us took the first job we could find because we needed to pay our bills. We went to school and worked hard to land our dream jobs straight out of college, but we’re coming of age during a difficult time in the economy and those dream jobs are few and far between.
Most of us probably didn’t go to college to become secretaries, baristas, waitresses, or work at retail stores, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that working in one of those roles is a terrible thing. This piece will set out to explain why working in those roles is a good thing. It takes a little bit of a mind shift to overcome our preconditioned beliefs of what we’re supposed to do after college.
Regardless of whether or not you thought you’d be managing other employees by now, there is intrinsic value to the experiences you are having right at this very moment, dream job or not. This mindset isn’t just a “glass half full” approach to your career, but rather a very tangible and real perspective on learning from your current job to be applied to your future–and presumably more relevant–career.
Learn the Ins and Outs of a Business
Take a look around your job and see what you can learn about the business. Are you helping with the accounts? Are you sitting in on meetings? Are you witnessing how a product is made and marketed? All of these things can give you an edge as you grow in your career or perhaps even create your own path later on.
I work as an administrator at an employment agency. I schedule meetings, make phone calls, and get the mail, but that doesn’t mean my work has to stop there. I am taking this opportunity to learn how to run a business–a very valuable skill to learn, given the apparent inability of previous generations to do so dependably. My dream is to become an entrepreneur, but without formal experience of how an actual business thinks about operations, who knows? My education in my job now could be very beneficial to my future endeavors.