You don’t want to write about selling powdered milk or selling franchises for TV repair shops.
In every job, I would justify it in my mind, whether I loved it or hated it, that I was getting paid to learn and every experience would be of value when I figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up.
If I ever grew up, I hoped to run my own business. It’s exactly what I told myself every day. In reality, I had as much doubt as confidence. I was just hoping the confidence would win over the doubt and it would all work out for the best.
We all want our dream job or to run our own companies. The truth? It’s a lot easier said than done. We need jobs that pay the bills, and we can’t wait out the search for the perfect situation. Which leads to the question: What kind of job should you settle for when you can’t or don’t have the job you want?
Not everyone’s situation is going to be the same, but for the recent graduate, or if you find yourself in a job you don’t like, or if you are unemployed, the answer is pretty straightforward (at least I thought it was when I graduated college). You continue your education.
Go back to school? No. Get your MBA? No.
For most recent college grads, you just spent the last four or so years paying tuition to get an education. Now that you have graduated, it’s your chance to get paid to learn. And what if you aren’t a recent college grad? The same logic applies. It is time to get paid to learn.
When I graduated from Indiana University, I certainly didn’t dream of working for a bank. I wanted a job where I could learn more about computers. So I took a job working for Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh. I helped on systems conversions. Taking old manual systems at small banks and helping them convert to automated systems. I wasn’t that good at it. The job was fun for the first couple months because I worked with a