Did You Prepare For Your Career Early Enough?
A very wise person once said, “the early bird catches the worm.” Now, I’m not sure who gets the credit for this pearl of wisdom. But I’m nearly 100% sure it wasn’t the worm. At any rate, it appears this observation has great relevance to post-college success.
According to many employers, ideal job candidates have worked from an early age. Little did you know that the lemonade stand you commandeered at age five would be the launch pad for your future career. But even if you don’t trace your career roots back that far, there’s still hope. Your stint as a burger jockey for McDonald’s is worth much more than you think.
An excellent N.Y Times article underscores the value of ‘early work’ in the eyes of many honchos doing the hiring. The piece spotlights one CEO in particular. She herself held many jobs during her early years. And now – you guessed it — these formative experiences are a major influence on her definition of a suitable job candidate.
The article also reveals why the current generation comes up short in the teen work experience department. Apparently, pursuits such as stocking shelves and waiting tables are being shoved aside. Instead, teens are investing inordinate chunks of time gunning for the ‘right’ school and playing organized sports.
Have a look at the article, and tell me what you think. And, as always, if you want to learn more about this or any other career topic, the Baldwin team is ready to help. We’re always available to answer your questions and provide additional information about post-college success and career options for college students. Reach out to us at –
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