1. I left my first adult/full-time job after only 9 months and felt pretty bad about it for a while. But after a year at my new position I know it was the right thing to do- definitely less stressful (and a little more money- win win)! So much of the standard job rules that have been around for our parents/grandparents really just don’t apply anymore.

    • Most people consider the call center I worked at in grad school to be my first “adult” job. That said, I’m fully of the opinion that in order to be considered an adult job, an employer has to treat its employees like people. I’m not sure the first “adult” job I had really qualifies as being adult.

  2. I’m working my first “adult” job now and it’s a job that isn’t in my field. In fact, it’s in a field I kind of hate — insurance.

    It’s extremely draining, but it was the first job that actually paid me enough to live on my own and I got kind of stuck there. I’m kind of excited to see where I end up after our building closes next year, but the job search thus far has proved far from fruitful..

    • That sounds similar to why I took the job at the first call center I worked at. When I graduated in 2008, all I had was that job opportunity and badly needed any job just to be able to pay bills. It was a terribly soul draining job, but it allowed me to be able to make what little money I needed to survive at the time.

  3. As someone doing interviews, having short employment stints in your history scares me less than long gaps in employment. Someone who jumps between jobs still has the motivation and drive to look for other jobs. That trait is a bit harder to tell for certain if someone has long gaps in employment. While not everyone fall into those two categories, it’s still something that comes to mind.

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