Over the course a lifetime, most individuals may have 7 careers and over 10 jobs by age 40.
It is not uncommon to find yourself unsatisfied in your career. Maybe you have been in a field 1, 2 or even 5 years and feel like a life-long commitment is not ideal. Well, you are not alone.
In recent weeks, the trending #FirstSevenJobs has inspired business professionals and even celebrities to join in this conversation sharing their own first seven jobs. Assistant Director and Career Consultant for the Office of Career Planning Julie Salzman can attest that your first few jobs are not an indicator of where you may find success. In 2011, the assistant director began her career at GGU as a Disability Services Coordinator leveraging her MS in Counseling to later obtain her current position.
Julie Salzman’s #firstsevenjobs:
- Babysitter & house sitter: private clients (age 11 onward)
- Cashier: McDonalds (one week) & Heavenly Hamburgers (high school)
- Busser: Kenwood Restaurant & Highland House (high school)
- Wine Bartender/ Cashier/Accounting Assistant: Chateau Souverain (college summers)
- Student Athletic Trainer: Butte College & Chico State University (college internships)
- House cleaner: private client (college)
- Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapy Assistant: Mangrove Physical Therapy Clinic (college) & Sports Medicine Institute (after college)
You may be wondering how one can land a job in another field without previous experience and many concur the solution is furthering your education. According to a U.S. News and World report, respectively 26% and 19% of undergraduate and graduate students pursuing an online degree intended to change careers after graduation. If you are a marketing professional considering a move to HR, an MS in HR Management may be something of interest. Or you may want to transition from an administrative role into a career as an accountant. The possibilities are endless!
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If you are a student, alumni, faculty or staff member, please join the conversation by commenting your #FirstSevenJobs below or tweeting using the trending hashtag and the #GGU. We would love to hear from you!