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Your first job … won’t be your last.


In a recent New York Times piece, Liz Pearce, CEO of LiquidPlanner described her advice (via her mom, as it were) to new college graduates, “Don’t worry about the money, don’t worry about the title, don’t worry about the company.  Just take the job where you can learn the most.”

I couldn’t agree more.  The key then, of course, is how to determine which job will enable you to learn.

Some ideas:

  1. In your interview, ask what the typical day is for someone in your proposed role.
  2. Have the interviewer explain how much independence you’ll have, how you’ll be supervised, and overall, what a new hire is expected to know and do on their own.
  3. Research the company and the industry online.  Is the industry growing or shrinking?