If you don’t already have a job, you’re probably thinking about getting one or what kind of work you might do someday. Getting your first job can be really exciting: making your own money, new responsibilities and privileges, preparing for the “real world.” But it is important to know how your first job can affect your future.
- Will this job help you build your resume or further your education?
- Is it a stepping stone to the next big adventure?
- Are you actually beginning your lifetime career?
- Or is it just about making money?
Who you are will determine what jobs you’ll enjoy and no-one knows this better than you.
- Do you hate it when an assignment doesn’t let you be creative?
- Maybe you study better under the pressure of an upcoming test.
- Do you prefer to work on a project in a group or by yourself?
- Perhaps you have sports practice after school, and you’ll need to work on the weekend.
Job happiness is affected by how you handle stress, which hours you’d like (need) to work, if you like to be creative, how well you work with others and the environment you’ll be working in.
Consider your job personality as you search for a job. Your job can be a way to make some money as well as a stepping stone to something you want to do in the future. Try to find a job that you will enjoy and that will allow you to learn new skills.