Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, September 19, 2016
First jobs, second jobs, ok, let's be real...all jobs, are a learning experience. On your next series of interviews you will be better prepared to ask thorough questions, understand some of the more nuanced parts of a workplace, and maybe most importantly, know with clarity how you prefer to work.
But before you jump to next interviews, do you feel like you have maxed out the learning potential of your current job? I would consider six months the training period for the average entry level job. I'm not in your shoes so I can't speak to false promises or your feelings on your workload, but if I felt like my true potential was not being tapped, this is how I would handle it:
- Ask your boss for a review of your work. Let them know you would like to be in a position to be considered for more significant assignments and ask them to help create a clear path forward towards that goal. Then follow up as time goes on to see if you are meeting the milestones in front of you.
- Engage your peers. If other people are getting assignments instead of you, you can ask for a peer review, ask them what they do and how they do it. This is not a gripe session and you do not want it to become one. This is a learning experience and you need to focus on your growth, development and success.
- Use this time to network. If this position is not forever, that doesn't mean you won't meet the people who will launch your next step while you are working where you are now. Make a good impression on people so when the time is right, you are on their minds as someone they would want to work with.
Set some real goals for yourself and turn your disappointment into opportunity. You just graduated, this is only the beginning of your career and how you lay this foundation is up to you. Best of luck!