Sometimes, young professional come to start their first job bright-eyed and bushy tailed, expecting that Disney happily-ever-after outcome. But itâ€™s good to come in the door with realistic expectations of both yourself and the employer. This ensures you maximize your experience and can truly determine whether the job â€”or career evenâ€” is right for you.
Brazen Careerist gives tips on how to sift through the fact or fiction of your first job experience.
1. Your starting salary will be $70,000:
Letâ€™s go toe-to-toe with the heavyweight right out the gate: your salary expectations are likely too high. Having a degree doesnâ€™t even guarantee you a job, let alone a high-paying job.
Your starting salary should come close to industry standards in your area, and it should cover set expenses like rent and student loans. But donâ€™t be surprised if your major bills practically drain your bank account at first. You have plenty of time to move up and get a raise, so while you might find yourself in salary negotiations down the road, try not to dwell on your initial salary.