If you’re finishing school or university soon, you’ll probably be on the lookout for your first job, so it’s important to remember to plan ahead and choose a role that will help you gain valuable contacts and experience that benefit your career objectives. Andrew Joyce, CEO of Found Careers shares his list of top five first jobs that will help you to gain valuable experience and make important contacts in your chosen career path.
Waiting for tables is one of the best ways to learn more about people and may be the perfect first job for you. You’ll be privy to private conversations, and see firsthand the relationships and interactions between family members and friends.
If you have a goal of becoming a writer or actor, there’s no better place to learn how to portray human existence. So if you have a pleasant disposition and understand food service, don’t discount waiting tables as a good first job.
Tutor or Coach
If management is your chosen career, tutoring would be an ideal first step.
Teaching someone how to read, do maths, play a sport or learn to swim is rewarding and will also look great on your resume. It requires you to pass on knowledge and empower people, which are skills that will set you up well to manage in the workplace.
The entry-level receptionist job is often considered to be the most powerful position in a company. Everyone who comes in or calls has to get past you, and you’re the first person anyone sees when they come to work in the morning.
It is a high profile job, where you can get noticed by very important people, who may tag you for bigger and better opportunities in the future. It can also be a great spot for you to work out where you want to go next.
As a file clerk, you’ll be tasked with the job of managing all the files for the company. BUT, you would have eyes on everything that’s going on in the company.
You could use this information to learn vast amounts of knowledge that can help you foresee trends and gain insights that others overlook. You’d also be treading in the footsteps of no less than Albert Einstein too.
An Office Junior is one of the easiest ways to make a big impression on a lot of powerful people. As an Office Junior, you have personal contact with high end personnel that most people in the company don’t have access to.
If you do a great job, you just might be handpicked for a better job with big opportunities.