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Your First Job: Expectation Vs. Reality

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

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Reality: Filing. And more filing.

Expectation: Finally being financially independent.

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Reality: Taxes, Rent, Food.

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Expectation: Coffee breaks at Central Perk.


Reality: Taking coffee orders from everyone in your department.

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Expectation: Waking up ready to take on the world.

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

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Expectation: Lunch breaks with your like-minded colleagues.

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Reality: A five minute lunch break at your desk.

Expectation: Meeting your new friends for life.

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Reality: Office politics.

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

Reality: Still having no idea what you're doing.

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Expectation: Sophisticated office happy hours.

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

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

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

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Expectation: Kicking ass at important presentations.

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Reality: Having to earn respect.

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

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

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

But we're all in this together!

...and it'll get better in 10-15 years.

...and it'll get better in 10-15 years.

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