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How old were you when you got your first stable job?

Im still a student but will enter the real world soon.

What was it like for you to transition from school to work?

What were the hardest things to get used to? What are the best parts of starting work?

What advice would you give your past self if you could?

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Kamilah’s Answer

Everyone is different, don't rush growing up.

I was 18 when i got my first stable job. It was hard to focus on school, work, and having time for things that I enjoy doing. I couldn't balance everything at once back then.

My first stable job was full-time coming into my freshman year in college, before I was working part time while I was in high school and it was sort of easier to manage my schedule because I requested my own work schedule.

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Now it is easier for me to balance everything in life. I work full time, school full time, rotc and army full time, and having time for fun and my friends.
Good Part: being financially stable and not having to ask my parents for help. Being able to do the things I enjoy and wanting to buy without having a budget from someone else and being able to set me own limits.
Bad Part: having to balance between work and school, getting to relax and have fun, and still getting homework and studying done. Not having enough time as I want to get involved on campus how i'd like to when I first started working. Leaving what goes on at work, at work.

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Sean P,

I was a few days shy of turning 23 when I was fresh out out college with a Bachelors in Arts degree. I was excited because prior to that I had no major accomplishments in the academic world but here I was very young and with a degree. There was no transitioning for me because I was always working. My first stable job after graduation was a Passenger Service Agent for an airline, it was extensive work and little pay and I was around many people who only finished High School, that right there was kind of hard for my ego to deal with. The hardest things is going into a job that does not really deal with your major, being paid the same amount of money you did when you were working as a teenager and dealing with hard physical labor when you are worthy of sitting in an office. The best parts of starting to work is receiving paychecks to pay your loans back. There are many advices I would give to my younger self but truth be told younger me would not take it in until later on in life but I would had told the younger me to be quick to listen and to become slower to talking back. Those two key features along with my knowledge would had advanced me.

Best wishes on your journey.


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Stephen’s Answer

22

First job out of college as a trainee real estate appraiser, which turned in to a 20 year career in various aspects of the mortgage industry.

What was it like for you to transition from school to work? - as i worked through college, it was simpler because I went from a job and full time school to just focusing on a job. Instead of 16 hour days I went down to 8-10

What were the hardest things to get used to? What are the best parts of starting work? - Hardest was the expectations. It is one thing to fail at a part time job ( I didn't) but at a full time job, your performance and items might impact many other people.

What advice would you give your past self if you could? - Invest in your 401k earlier, take more vacation time, go back to graduate school as soon as you can afford it, invest.

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Sreekanth’s Answer

I started my job search after my completion of Bachelors in Engineering at the age of 23. I got some jobs but soon I realised that for a stable income and good profile job a bachelor degree is not enough. So I went on and pushed my Masters in Engineering and later I joined a networking company ( I was 26 year old)which gave me financial stability and also the most important part is that I joined the industry that I like to work and passionate about.

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Srinivasa’s Answer

Stable job at age 24.
Transition was fine as I was very excited as it was my one of my dream company to get into. Go to work with some cool people and amazing brains, still do to date.
Hardest things are getting into a bit of unknown world, but that was short lived an eased into corporate world. The need i personally felt to make my mark in first few year took extra toll. But worth the pain.
Best part(apart from working with best brains) is paychecks. Pretty good feeling to receive first "real" paycheck.
One advice i would give myself is to focus on more networking and my branding earlier.

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Emily’s Answer

I waited tables full time from when I was 18 to when I was 30. I began going back to school in 2013 and by 2015 I had my first internship which turned into my current career. Waiting tables is a great way to earn a little cash while going to college. It is not a stable career for raising children or advancing as an adult. So I was 30 before I started my real career.

Also, you can move through different careers as you grow up. Do not be afraid to start with a 2 year degree or technical degree to see if you like a job field. If you do, you can always get further education. If you end up not liking that field, you have not wasted too many years and too much money on a bigger degree.

Emily recommends the following next steps:

Attend job fairs
Talk to a college counselor about what programs are offered at the community college near you and if they match the subjects you like.

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Emily’s Answer

I waited tables full time from when I was 18 to when I was 30. I began going back to school in 2013 and by 2015 I had my first internship which turned into my current career. Waiting tables is a great way to earn a little cash while going to college. It is not a stable career for raising children or advancing as an adult. So I was 30 before I started my real career.

Also, you can move through different careers as you grow up. Do not be afraid to start with a 2 year degree or technical degree to see if you like a job field. If you do, you can always get further education. If you end up not liking that field, you have not wasted too many years and too much money on a bigger degree.

Emily recommends the following next steps:

Attend job fairs
Talk to a college counselor about what programs are offered at the community college near you and if they match the subjects you like.

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Priya’s Answer

I was 22 when I got my first stable job.
Transition was smooth because I worked in one of the big MNC's.
Understanding the corporate structure as a fresher was little hard.
Best part about work was earning my first salary and spending it on my family.
The advise I would give my past self is that, do not worry too much about scores because in the end skills matter more than marks.

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Kei’s Answer

Hi Sean.

I started working right after I graduated so I was around 19-20 years old.

It was a huge transition from school to work. For one, I am paid to doing my job (LOL) and I have to be learn a lot by getting trained and listening to my mentors. When you start working, it will make you realize how to value money. You will have good and bad days but you will learn to adapt and learn from all the roadblocks that you will encounter.

I will not use the term hardest but one of the challenges really is learning the job. Being fresh out of school, I did not have work experience prior to me working so I really had to put my mind into learning the job. The best part is, I met very good resources. I met new friends and colleagues who were very helpful and they all contributed to my success now.

The advice that I would give to my past self would probably be to study more and be involved in communities which will give me first hand experience on my dream job,

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Kapildev’s Answer

i have been searching for the job once i finished my college and did work in multiple companies before getting a stable job.

I was 23 when i got into the telecom based company and from there my career started.

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