Management Tip of the Day: Don't worry about your first job

Wed Dec 28, 2011 1:36pm EST
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BOSTON (Reuters) - New graduates should remember that no matter what job you choose today, you build skills and create options for the long-term, Harvard Business Review: the learn, earn, contribute trifecta.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and (http:\\ Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Graduates, take note: Few people start their work life in the right place. So don't stress about your first job out of college. Chances are it's not going to predict your future field, income, or career path.

Instead of looking for the perfect job, look for these three things:

1. Opportunities to learn. Whatever job you take, you should acquire new skills and experience.

2. Enough money. You don't have to be a banker. Waiting tables is perfectly respectable if it affords you the time and flexibility to do what you care about.

3. Chances to contribute. Everyone wants to feel a sense of purpose. Find a position that allows you to be a force for good. If you can't find a job that fits the bill, volunteer on the side."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "Your First Job Doesn't (Really) Matter" by Jodi Glickman.

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<p>Graduating students listen to President Barack Obama speak at the University of Michigan commencement ceremony in Ann Arbor, Michigan May 1, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque</p>