Getting your first job after college is exciting, but it doesn’t come without it’s own set of unique challenges. As you put your degree to work in the real world, you may experience some pros and cons of your new job.
If you’re close to graduating, it’s helpful to learn what to expect ahead of time so you’re prepared for your first real job after college.
Cons of Your First Job After College
At school, you’ve probably become accustom to setting your own schedule. From selecting classes to electing which extracurricular activities you want to participate in, you get the final say. This means if you’re not a morning person, you can avoid any classes that start before eleven. But most work opportunities after college do not offer the same flexibility.
Generally speaking, your first job is likely to be a traditional 9 to 5. Although many companies are starting to allow for more flexibility, like allowing workers to work from home, it’s very unlikely you’ll be offered this type of schedule as a new employee, which means you’ll have to adapt to a set weekly schedule.
In addition, unless you’re going into teaching, you’re not going to get the same breaks during the fall, winter, spring, and summer. You’ll most likely have off for national holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, and of course you’ll be offered a set number of vacation days for each year, but it will hardly be the month long breaks you’re use to.
You may also notice that instead of being surrounded by peers and friends on campus most of the day, you will be expected to become friendly with a whole office full of people at your first job out of college. Many of them will be supervisors and managers that you will need to listen to, and of course you will need to remain professional while at work. You may begin missing the more casual setting of college once you get your first job.
Pros of Your First Job After College
One of the best things about getting your first job out of college is that instead of paying to work hard, you’ll be paid! Even if your first job comes with a meager salary, it’s better than your tuition bill. If you had an internship in college that did not pay at all, it will be exciting to finally see some monetary gain from all your hard work.
Additionally, as mentioned earlier, most jobs provide paid time off, including paid sick days. When you get sick in college, you have to miss class, which can put you behind. Long-term illness can even force you to waste money if you get so behind that you have to drop a class.
At work, both your sicks days and vacation days will be paid for (although you’ll have a limited amount). This means you can take vacations at least once a year, and though they need to be planned ahead of time, they do not need to be during school break.
One of the most noticeable advantages of your first job out of college is that you rarely have to work after your shift. You can typically clock out and try to forget about work until the next day. If you ever do have to take work home, you will likely be compensated for it. Clearly, during college, homework is a given that can take over your nights and weekends.
If you have already graduated and gotten your first job out of college, what are some of the pros and cons in your experience?