There Is Not Such Thing As An Unimportant Job
It is so important for young adults to gain “real” work experience as early as possible. This can come in the form of a part-time job, volunteer experience, or an internship. As young people engage in these activities, they gain marketable skills, learn how to behave in the workplace, are exposed to a variety of people, and to jobs they want or don’t want to pursue. Some of these opportunities will be boring, menial, and just plain not much fun! This is why it is important to today’s generation to realize that every job is a learning experience with some knowledge to be gained!
I will never forget an interview I heard with General Colin Powell a few years ago. He was serving as Secretary of State for President Bush and reflecting on his early “career beginnings.” His family emigrated from the Caribbean and he needed to pay for his college education. To do this he was working as a janitor. He explained to the journalist that his philosophy was to be the best at everything he did. Even though he was “just a janitor,” he did his job to the very best of his ability and was always looking for new ways to improve his productivity.
This philosophy is important for everyone — especially those just starting out in the World of Work. Whether a young person starting a part time job, internship, or first full time position — following these steps will lead to a positive outcome:
- Learn the new job quickly and do it thoroughly
- Ask questions if you are not sure how to do something
- Work harder than anyone else and be sure to offer your help to others
- Look for ways to improve how to accomplish your tasks or projects, and make suggestions when appropriate.
- Try to appreciate these experiences because someday you may be supervising employees who do this same work
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