These jobs have no direct correlation to my current position. However, the work ethic, follow through, ability to speak with strangers, accept critical feedback from supervisors, understand work environments and work dynamics, how to determine my ultimate worth and what qualities I look for in a company moving forward are invaluable.
That is how you grow. You try something, either succeed or fail, then move on. As long as you learn from the experience, you have succeeded.
It worked out for me that the first role quite strongly shaped my future career - by the time a year had passed I was ready to move on to something more interesting and better paid. I could have gone into a whole range of nuclear physics areas, but I've stayed working in radiation detection since that first role, moving organisations a couple of times and changing the specifics of what I do away from routine lab work into more varied tasks in research and manufacturing, but still applying a good part of the core set of skills and knowledge built up from my studies and earlier jobs. Certainly once I'd got that first bit of work experience, companies that had rejected me as a zero-work-experience graduate were suddenly much more keen to employ me, and I had multiple offers in quick succession to choose between for my next roles.
My first corporate job was in recruiting for a tech-based real estate firm. While I'm no longer in recruiting, this job exposed me to tech companies and caused me to realize that I wanted to work in the tech industry. It also gave me exposure to building relationships with neighboring teams and an understanding of what corporate work looks like.
In total, I have had 4 jobs prior to my current position and they varied. Sometimes you have to get your feet wet to understand whether a career is right for you. Don't worry too much about your first job.. it will serve primarily as a stepping stone for you as you explore your options and figure out what will make you happy and fulfilled in your work life.
I had many different jobs throughout high school and after from delivering food to working at a car wash and even changing tires to name a few. Every job helped me strengthen my work ethic.
Each of them in their own way apply to my current position, whether it be people skills, organizational skills and even time management. Don't be afraid to try different jobs even if they don't seem to be related to your future career goals. You never know, each one may be valuable in it's own way!
I did a few internships later in various industries and they all showed me a bit about what I like and don't like to do. Would recommend exploring and trying different jobs and things - finding out you don't like that job is just as productive and helps you move forward and know what you want to do!
It was genuinely a lot of fun. It also doesn't really have any bearing on the major or job I'm pursuing now -- it's not on my resume, and it didn't make my top three extracurriculars when I was applying to college. Working at that program changed who I am as an individual. It made me more understanding of others. It gave me a new perspective on how to work with others and how to keep up with a stressful work environment -- these are skills that I keep with me not just on the job, but also in life.
In terms of advice, I'd say pursue any opportunities that come up. Even if you don't end up with a job in your industry of choice, you'll probably learn something about yourself, which you can carry with you later on.
It's important to think of every job you have as a learning experience!
Interestingly, my major was not related about 'finance' and 'project manager'.
My major is bio and brain engineering and I studied about biomedical imaging (especially, image reconstruction and signal processing) in laboratory.
But when I graduated, I just wanted to have a job outside of the 'medial image processing' area.
So I handed out my resume to any digital-related job positions, and finally got my job!
Do not make your limitation for your first job opportunity!
I currently work in HR and those jobs don't have nothing to do with my decision to study Business Administration. But any job can help you build character, take responsibilities, and appreciate the value of doing things right, not just for a paycheck every week.
The principal at the school was also the vice principal when I went to that school so I didn’t have to interview. Just filled out paperwork and got the job.
My first job applies to my current position regarding being in the field to help underserved individuals.