Amy Joyce: I went to college for this?

When they asked you that age-old question in your younger years, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” you probably had an answer. Until you started to grow up. Then you actually began to think that maybe it wasn’t so easy to just “be an astronaut.

” There’s a lot more to getting a career than simply saying out loud what you want to do. It requires getting jobs to get that career. And, of course, figuring out what you want that career to be. But that’s okay. You’re in a wonderful spot right now.

Your twenties are a marvelous time to experiment, experience, and explore. According to statistics and surveys, the average person will have 7 to 10 jobs before even leaving their twenties. Forget the stats; check out the real deal.

Ask around. There aren’t many people out there who actually stuck with a job they got right out of school, especially in our generation. With our parents’ generation, sure, that was a little different. Many of our parents spent several decades with the same company, or even in the same job. And that’s fine—for them. But our generation of twenty- and thirty-somethings has changed the way we work.

Today, it’s likely you’ll switch jobs many times each decade, each one leading to something bigger, better, and more you. Today’s newest workers view jobs as a way to figure out where to go, what to do, and how to do it, not just in a career, but also in life. We’re rewriting the rules, and that’s a good thing to remember. It’s your career… so you get to decide what you want to do.


  • 1 This Is It?
    You Don’t Have to Know It All Now
    Where to Start?
    Nothings Too Small for the Recent Grad
    Take It from Sue
  • 2 First-Job Frustrations
    First-Job Blues
    Paying Your Dues
    . . . And Grunt Work Can Be Way Cool
    Enjoy the Ride, You’ll Get There
  • 3 Meeting People
    Don’t Hide. Stand Out—or at Least Up
    Don’t Eat at Your Desk Every Day
    Focus on What You Do Best
    Stepping Up to the Plate—without Stepping on Toes
    Drawing the Line
    Asking for More and Better
    Salary Negotiation Time
  • 4 No Excuses
    The Motivating Factor
    Chutzpah Doing Good Work, and Getting Good Work from Doing Good
  • 5 The Boss Rules
    Talking to the Big Kahuna
    Asking for Feedback
    Taking it Like a (Wo)Man
    Finding Your Yoda
    Screwing Up
    Ask, Ask, Ask
    Office Romance
  • 6 Where Do I Go from Here?
    Good Work = Good Network
    Making Connections
    Building Bridges
    Darrens Big New Job Search
  • 7 Give It a Chance
    Dealing with Rejection
    Sticking It Out
    Moving Up Is Hard Work
    Learning the Lay of the Land
    When Life Gets in the Way of Work
    The Woe-Is-Me Excuse Girls (and Guys) Just Wanna Have Fun
    Freak Your Parents Out
    Moving On for Yourself
  • 8 What You’re Learning
    This is So Not My Dream Job
    Learning in Any Job
    Figuring It Out by Process of Elimination
    Should I Hit the Road
    Finding the Perfect (or Perfect for Now) Fit
    When to Bail
    Taking a Chance that Turns Out to Be . . . Wrong
    So Why Hire Me after That?
    When the Going Gets Bad . . .
    Making a Graceful Exit
    Finding Connections
    Don’t Burn Bridges . . .Even If
    Getting Canned Headhunters
  • 9 This Is Preparation Time For… ?
    Not the End

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