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    15 Things About Starting Your First Job I Wish Someone Had Told Me, So I’m Telling You

    It's ok to poop in the office bathroom.

    I was prepared for a lot of things when I emerged from the internship birth canal and became a full-time working person: Show up on time, don't overdo it on the exclamation points, and always ask about a business woman's special.

    But there were some things no career counselor, professor, sister, friend, or parent warned me about!!!!!! (Clearly, I've gone rogue on the exclamation point thing.) My first year or so of work was filled with so much "Wait, is it just me, or..." and, "Well, I guess that's a thing" that I wanted to write a strongly worded letter to everyone who'd given me career advice because it all fell so short.

    Every workplace and job is different, but in talking to people in my five and a half years of work experience, I've discovered that the things that really took me by surprise are pretty universal. So instead of writing that strongly worded letter, I'm going to share them here as one giant subtweet/PSA instead:

    1. It's really hard getting used to the fact that this is your life...for the rest of your life.

    2. It's a little weird to drink with your boss and coworkers at first.

    3. Just because you have a job doesn't mean you shouldn't keep your resume updated.

    4. Your work BFF will probably leave, but you'll survive.

    5. There are a lot of a horrible bosses out there who are also great people.

    6. You might love your job and hate your coworkers.

    7. You might hate your job and love your coworkers.

    8. Either way, leaving a job because you hate your coworkers isn't a guarantee that you'll be happy at your next one.

    9. It's hard to maintain hobbies/side hustles/activities when you have a full-time job, but it's worth it.

    10. You could wear the same outfit every day and most people wouldn't notice.

    11. There's more to networking than just going to a young professionals happy hour.

    12. It's ok if your first job isn't the exact type of position you want, or even in the field you want.

    13. Pooping at the office is normal and necessary.

    14. Your professional success isn't a direct reflection of your personal success.

    15. It's not just you; everyone feels like they don't totally know what they're doing at least once a week.

    What do you wish someone had told you before you started your first job?