The Truth About Your First Job After College
By Khadejah Stegall
Khadejah is a part of the TLC College Ambassador Program and attends North Carolina A&T University.
Graduation season is here and many seniors tend to stress about landing that perfect first job offer. What many fail to realize is your first job may not be doing exactly what you want to do long term, but it should fit into the path of where you desire to be. If you want to be a film director, you may have to start off as a production assistant and work your way up. If your desired job was handed to you, then you would not be fully prepared to appreciate it and take advantage of it. TLC talked to some working millennials that have been in the workforce for a while and they each gave feedback about their first job after college and how it led to their success over time.
“Even though you might not like the job, pray and get clarification on why God has you there. Once you see that you are there to serve others and your team and you pray for people on your team, things will start falling into place. My first job got me my job that I have now and helped me reach my my dreams.”
Jonise Boyd, first job out of college: Assistant to Tricia, Creator of Toddlewood. Currently working full-time for Access Hollywood Live
“When I was getting ready to graduate from my undergraduate education at Bethune-Cookman University, I was offered a job with a local radio station and declined that opportunity to continue my education. Upon entering into my master's program at Elon University (Interactive Media), I had absolutely no income and knew I had to get a job. The best advice I could give to any rising senior or future graduate would be to consider all of your options and to always think about getting a job outside of your field. By getting a job outside of my field (becoming an adjunct professor), it helped me network and become a mentor for students who were in the same predicament as myself. By working at Dunkin’ Donuts (my first job out of college) and North Carolina A&T University, I began finding myself and my passions in life. I knew that no matter what happened in life, I had to have a plan of action or always be aware of the changes for the future. I had to learn patience and to accept everyone's differences. I learned that even if things don’t go my way, delayed does not mean denied.”
Tira Murray, first job out of college: Dunkin’ Donuts. Currently working as a Digital Content Manager for INDY Week.
“While I was in college, I was sure to gain experience in public relations and broadcast journalism. By the time I graduated, I was well qualified to take a position in any of those areas. Yet, it took me a year to find a job. In February 2016, I accepted a position as a news producer for the local morning news in my hometown. I originally applied for a reporter position, but the news director felt that I would be a better fit as a producer. I accepted because I saw it as a ‘foot in the door’ with hopes that I could work toward being a reporter. Let me tell you, morning news is rough. Working overnight does something to your body. You don't get sunlight so it's easy for you to become depressed, unable to control your emotions and makes it hard for you to stay awake at any time of the day. I was also not prepared for the stressful environment that would come along with working in a news station. So I quit. I was confident in what my calling was and knew that this job was not for me. As great of an opportunity it may be, if something is not actually meant for you, it won't work. The right job is going to come at the right time, but you have to be in the right place. Be ready and willing.”
Laci Ollison, first job out of college: News Producer for WCTI TV 12 and FOX 8/14. Currently working as a Marketing Associate Coordinator at Relias Learning.
“You can do everything right—get great grades in college, be active on campus and have multiple internships - and still not graduate with a job. It took me six months to break into television and there isn't one thing I would do differently because I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't have to hustle in my earlier days. My advice to students graduating is to continue studying your craft after graduation, network and have faith. In the end, you'll always end up where you're supposed to be.”
Sharita Petersen, first job out of college: Geico. Currently working at Oxygen as a Writer/Producer.
Khadejah Stegall is a college mommy blogger that inspires others to achieve the impossible through the power of Jesus. She enjoys family time, eating vegan meals when it's convenient and mentoring others on professional development. To be inspired by more post, follow her blog at khadejahstegall.com.