No, You Actually DON’T Have To Take Your First Post-Grad Job Offer

Last month, I had a phone interview with a consulting firm in Maine. I then went for a follow up interview in their offices, where I stayed for about four hours and talked to multiple people. It was an amazing experience, and the company liked me enough to send an editing test for me to complete, where it was possible I could have received my first post-grad job offer.

However, I didn’t go any further in the interview process.

This was my first real experience of going through interviews and possibly getting a career out of it. I graduated almost two months ago and have been applying for jobs, but haven’t gotten anywhere. It’s been difficult, mostly because I’m really trying, yet still working as a waitress and a merch girl. And if I’m being honest, I’m ready to start my career and get out of there.

So why didn’t I keep going with this job?

Because it wasn’t for me.

I really liked the company and the people I interviewed with. It was great. I would have been a proofreader and writer, where I could edit all day (my favorite thing to do). But I decided not to go further because it wasn’t something I’m interested in. I looked at the editing test and didn’t understand a single word of what I needed to edit. So not only did I feel like I wouldn’t do my job correctly, but I felt like I may not like what I’m doing. I didn’t want to pack up and move to a new city where I knew nobody, and discover after two months that I wanted to find a different job. I couldn’t do it.

Why am I telling you all this?

Because I don’t want some post-grad to think they have to take the first job offer they get.

I had family and friends telling me to take the chance and go for it. And I wanted to, but knew I had to make the decision myself. When you graduate from college, you think that when you’re offered your first job, you should take it because it’s what you were told to do. I can’t even tell you how many professors said we should always take the first job, no matter what the pay is, because of the experience we get. That sounds great and all, but if the first job that comes along is a job you’ll hate, why follow their (a little outdated) advice? 

Your first job offer could be amazing and perfect for you. So take it. But if that offer is something you don’t see yourself doing, or doesn’t pay enough, it’s okay to say no. You have a degree, which is already amazing! Take the time and find a job you want to do. It may not be your dream job right away, but don’t worry. You have your whole life ahead of you.

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