Your First Job: Expectation Vs. Reality

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1. Expectation: Your own cubicle with a new computer and a fancy office phone.

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2. Reality: Filing. And more filing.

3. Expectation: Finally being financially independent.

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4. Reality: Taxes, Rent, Food.

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5. Expectation: Coffee breaks at Central Perk.


6. Reality: Taking coffee orders from everyone in your department.

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7. Expectation: Waking up ready to take on the world.

8. Reality: A progressive realization that this day will be your day for the rest of your life.

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9. Expectation: Lunch breaks with your like-minded colleagues.

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10. Reality: A five minute lunch break at your desk.

11. Expectation: Meeting your new friends for life.

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12. Reality: Office politics.

13. Expectation: Becoming a motivated, together, mature career woman.

14. Reality: Still having no idea what you’re doing.

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15. Expectation: Sophisticated office happy hours.

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16. Reality: A personal acceptance that you’ll be drinking alone a lot.

17. Expectation: A company-wide business trip to a conference in Vegas.

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18. Reality: Staying in the office during a company-wide conference in Vegas.

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19. Expectation: Kicking ass at important presentations.

20. Reality: Having to earn respect.

21. Expectation: Making a difference in the world on a daily basis.

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22. Reality: A desk job that ends at 5pm Friday. Sharp.

23. Sure, it might not always be what you had envisioned…

24. But we’re all in this together!

…and it’ll get better in 10-15 years.

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