The first career crisis occurs the first time a you take a job that is aimed at a career. Such a job might be one that is taken after graduation from college.
Motivations then include a desire to live away from home, have a car, and be independent. Even back during the days when the “Doom Loop” was created, young people were simply happy to have a job with little or no knowledge of what the job entailed or where it might lead in the future.
Having a job was the solution to the first career crisis.
My best advice for “The First Job” is this: It doesn’t really matter what you do or where you work – so long as the organization you work for has a reputation for doing things well – doing things “right.”
There are two important things to remember when you take a first job:
- Whatever you do – do it to the best of your ability; and
- Concentrate on learning and practicing the “Critical Skills.” (For more information on the “Critical Skills,” visit my blog at “Criticalskillsblog.com.)