I think that one of the most important parts of life is our work life. For those of us who go to a traditional nine to five, we spend most of our time with our “work family,” in many different types of environments. No matter what environment you happen to find yourself, there’s always a lesson to be learned that you can take away to whatever comes next in your life.
For my first job I was a dance instructor. I was a student teacher and taught ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. It was such a fun type of job to have as my first work experience. Among the general things you learn from any job (responsibilities, time management, punctuality, etc.) I learned that I loved to be creative and how expressing that is important to me. From the way I could style my dance clothes to choreographing routines for the performances at the end of a season, it was a definite joy in my life. Not to mention the fact that I had a group of young dancers and parents there, counting on me to teach new skills each and every week. Talk about responsibility and preparedness that really needed to shine through at every class… So, long story short, I learned things that I could apply in any work environment plus, what would be important for me to feel fulfilled, professionally.
Since then, I have had several jobs. A couple of which were in child development centers and following that, I have worked in an office environment. Though none of these were or are my “dream,” career they all showed me in many different ways that I needed an outlet that would allow me to exercise my creativity.
However this relates to you and your job path, the most important part is that you find some way to learn from your past and ensure you enjoy what you do. Enter The Ladders, who I have teamed up with to show you just how easy it can be to “put professionals back in the driver seat, providing them with the right tools, insights and connections they need to thrive.” Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?
Did you learn anything important from your first job that you still apply to your job search and or work ethic today?
As always, thank you so much for reading! It’s a brand new year so, make sure you’re spending your days doing something that you love.