39982a21So, you’re starting to look for your first job out of varsity? It’s a scary and exciting time for you. Soon, you’ll be sending in applications and going for terrifying interviews. Eventually, you’ll be offered a job. And if you’re lucky, you may receive more than one offer. But how do you know if a job is right for you? You don’t want to start a job only to hate it and have to leave after three months. Anything less than a year looks bad on your CV. So, to help you out, here are five things to look for when you’re deciding on your first job. Benefits Many companies don’t offer benefits anymore. So, if you find a place that does, you should seriously consider it. Contributions to retirement savings and medical health insurance can make a difference when you don’t earn much. Benefits like these also show that a business truly cares about its employees, which is something you want. The opportunity to learn Yes, you’ve spent the past few years studying and now you want to work. But that doesn’t mean you can stop learning now. You’re at the very beginning of your career and you don’t know nearly enough yet. You need to find out more about the industry and grow in your position. If you’re not learning anything new, you won’t be able to move up in the business. And that brings us to the next point... Upward mobility Will you be able to grow in your position to the point where you’re promoted? Or is the position set in stone with very little chance of moving up? What you want is to be able to advance in your career. And that’s why you should work for a company that is willing to invest in you and your future. Culture The company culture at your first job is important. You want to work somewhere that you fit in and feel comfortable. If you’re a creative and social person, you don’t want to work in a cold corporate environment where everyone stays in their cubicle with headphones in. Taking a look at the website and asking a few questions in the interview will help give you an understanding of the company culture. Location Unless the salary is amazing and the benefits are great, you shouldn’t move to be close to your first job. Rather, you should find a job that’s close to you. Or, at very least, easy for you to get to. So, if you don’t drive, you should be able to get there via public transport. Image: Pexels

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