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Should you accept the first job you are offered even if it isn’t what you want to do?


After graduating I was lucky in that I managed to land a full time job fairly quickly. Whilst it wasn’t my dream job by any stretch of the imagination, I was just glad to have a job. Two year’s down the line though, and I am still stuck doing exactly the same thing. There is little progression in the company which I work for as it is relatively small, so whilst I have had a couple of pay rises, I know now that nothing is going to change any further. And the longer I am there, the harder it seems it will be to find another position. My job is not really related to my marketing degree, and now when I look for jobs which are, they all want experience in a marketing role so I feel like I am trapped.

So this leaves me in the difficult position of needing another job, which is easier said than done when you already have one. Trying to get time off for interviews is a nightmare to start with, plus there isn’t much time to dedicate to the job search.

This leads me to ask the question, is it wise to accept the first job you are offered, even though it may not be what you want to do, just because it is a job? Surely all experience is good experience but then you run the risk of being stuck on a certain path. I just hope I can find a second job that is a little bit closer to be dream job.


About the Author

Sarah M Sarah M

I graduated from Newcastle University with a 2.1 in 2011. Since graduating, I've been working in purchasing and am currently looking out for any opportunities to enhance my career. My future plans are still fairly vague but I love writing so would like to combine writing and my degree somehow.

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