/ Asked by Leah
Many of my friends who graduated last year turned down many job offers (even interviews) initially because the job wasn't their dream job�. How reasonable is it to expect to love your first job right out of college? Should I expect to not be doing what I love right away?
Answered by Elizabeth, Hiring Expert at HCA Healthcare, on Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I think it is imporant to think of a few things when it comes to your first job.  Is it going to tap into your natural strengths and is it in an area that you are passionate about?  You might not get both of these in your first job, but try to at least get one.  The reason is that you will be successful and there will be more opportunities that come your way if you are either doing what you are passionate about, or what you feel comes naturally.  You will work harder and get more recognition.  If you go into a job where you have absolutely no passion, and it is not a natural fit for your skill set/strengths, then you will likely feel limited in where you can go from there.  I also realize that coming out of college, you don't always know where your strengths are, so you have to do some experimenting.  Do this on and off the job...do not put all the pressure on your job to meet all your needs.  These are all just some things to think about - there are lots of ways to find personal fulfillment, and your job is a bit part of it, but it is not everything.
Answered by Megan, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Some students have the luxury of waiting for their dream job or being rather picky because they are going into a field that is in high demand, such as engineering. Other students may be fine with sustaining a similar lifestyle to what they had during college and are happy waiting around until they are able to land their dream job.
While we all wish we could live in an ideal world where we could wait around until the exact right opportunities come our way, the reality is that most of us need a job sooner rather than later. My recommendation to you would be to cast a wide net – apply for your dream jobs, but also apply for jobs that may be more of the solid building block type of positions, rather than pie-in-the-sky, long-term careers.
If you find yourself getting an offer for a position that would give you experience related to your field, but does not make your heart skip a beat, give it serious consideration. If you are willing to stay in the role for a few years, gain experience and diversity your skills, you will have developed all of the essential qualifications to ensure that when you are ready to take a leap and apply for your dream job, you will have demonstrated that you have the dedication put in the time and effort to achieve your dreams. Good luck!
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I think that depending on what field you’re in, some candidates will be more sought after than others. I think it is important to pick a job that interests you within a company where you can see a future and see yourself working every day, and not to settle for a job that you anticipate not enjoying before you have even started. Does the company seem like there is room to grow and develop, and does the company fit the criteria that you are looking for in an employer? Sometimes in entry level positions, people are required to pay their dues, but in the long run if you see potential and benefits within the job, I think it is a job you should consider. Good luck!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, November 22, 2013
You must go into your job search with reasonable expectations.  If you have a skill set that is high demand, then yes, you have a little more leverage and can be more paitient in your job search.  If, however, you are in a highly competitive job market, it may not be prudent to turn down interviews.  Even if you have no intentions of accepting a job offer, I would encourage job seekers to go on several interviews as they can be great opportunities to polish your interviewing skills.  In addition, you may need to gain a certain degree of experience before you can obtain a 'dream job'.  It is very unusual now for someone to find a job they love right out of college and stay in that job their entire career.  Most graduates will change jobs a number of times throughout their career.  In other words, be paitient and focus on obtaining the right experience that will put you in a position to get your 'dream job'.
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