What Did You Learn from Your First Job?

Bryan Helmle asked:

What was your first “real” job that you had, and what is the most important thing you learned from it?

I don’t know how you choose to define “real,” but I’ve always taken my assigned tasks seriously. Even if I was ever a small link in the chain, I always felt my role was essential for the operation of any endeavor.

The amalgamation of experiences, from first to last, has only reinforced my belief that I can take direction… but ultimately need to be the one to drive my own career.

I used to sell old stuff out of a wagon to kids around my neighborhood… and that was every bit a job as my first official paycheck. Just a different kind of job. Heck, I’ve even been known to rent my chest out on occasion!

What did each of my jobs teach me along the way? Responsibility and resoluteness.

What Should I Major In?

Israel Carter asked:

I’m a senior in high school trying to decide what I should major in, computer engineering or software programming. Any advice?

Thanks for asking for advice from the community, Israel! While I cannot possibly tell you what you “should” major in, I do have a couple of thoughts. First of all, have you talked with a career counselor at your high school or college about this? She or he will be able to give you some insight as to what the potential job market and field growth looks like right now. They will also likely point you towards the Myers-Briggs Assessment guide. I definitely think you should check into taking this assessment!

Most importantly, though: which do YOU prefer? Are you happier doing one than the other? Do you have any skills related to either field at this point, or will this all be new to you? These are some things you should be thinking about.

Remember: it’s not only about making money. You need to be passionate about what you’re doing and enjoy it every day. If you love what you do, you’ll never actually “work” again.

You could – of course – simply pray for everyone and their dog to tell you exactly what you “should” do, instead of choosing for yourself. 😉