Intro To The Workforce: Tips Every 20something Needs To Survive

Brandon Snively
Brandon is a Pace University graduate and avid Philadelphia sports fan, but don't hate him because of it...please? He was a former intern at the Howard Stern Show as well as a reporter for the MTA program Transit Transit Newsmagazine. He likes to be in front of the camera or behind the mic, but he enjoys news writing just as much.

Some people can’t wait to finish college so they can get rid of their professors begging them for their final papers and work. Others may miss their friends and the times they had in college. Trust and believe me you will miss college when you land your first job.

There is of course, in most cases, a set schedule you have to follow and potentially work at a job that you loathe but are ‘resume builders.’ If you have one of these resume builder jobs, don’t get discouraged and don’t fall into the realm of the uninterested employee.

Here are some tips just to get you through the day and this unwanted job.



Clichéd but it’s true. You have a job and are getting paid. Bring a positive attitude into work. Fake it till you make it. It may not be what you desire or what you expected, but it’s something where you can become more independent and put money towards those dreaded student loans, and more drinks at happy hour of course.

Learn to make your own decisions

Of course you don’t want to break company’s policy and risk your job, but you were most likely chosen because of your problem-solving skills. It’s important that after your training period and the first few weeks you’re there that you slowly let go of the “holding hand” stage and show your supervisor what you’re capable of doing at each moment.

Stick it out

Obviously there’s a chance your first job is something you may not want to do. It’s important that you avoid being a company hopper, aka 3 months here, 4 months there, 2 months here. You may think that it’s okay, but sometimes less is more on your resume. In this case, it’s better to keep tenure up and turn over down. 

Explore growth opportunities

Be an engaged employee and take initiative. Nothing is less attractive in the workplace than someone who sits around and isn’t proactive. If there’s an opportunity to move up and take on more responsibility, go after it. This will for sure help you land a job in your future career path. 

Leave a good mark

Want that recommendation letter? If you eventually find that day where you are ready to move on and have something in place, it’s important to keep a good track record with your employer. Nothing is more detrimental than going out on the wrong foot.

Don’t be afraid of mistakes

You will screw up at one point in your job. Don’t beat yourself over it and come to terms with it. It can be avoided but sometimes it just happens. It’s a learning experience. Everything you do in the workforce can become a learning experience that will greatly benefit you in the future. Don’t pressure yourself to get everything perfect because it’s not a realistic goal.