Career experts often emphasize the importance of choosing your first post-college job wisely as it can affect the entire trajectory of your career. They also talk about how not negotiating that first salary can be a costly mistake resulting in you leaving more than $500,000 in future earnings on the table. A report discussed on the pages of The New York Times few days ago, the nuances and politics involved when a woman is looking to negotiate a pay raise or a promotion can be tricky.
In spite of all of the warnings and precautionary steps that are recommended for us, your first job out of college can act as a springboard for the rest of your career by providing access to high-level executives, introductions to mentors or sponsors, or teaching you a lesson or skill that you can leverage in future opportunities.
And it’s that last point that we wanted to get more insight on. So we reached out to 10 successful women from various backgrounds and fields to find out what effect, if any, their first job had on their current success.
Keep reading to find out what they said.