Why everyone should have a crappy first job

My little adopted brother is 16 and is chomping at the bit for his first job. It’s probably the independence in him. And he’s excited to start creating his life, which by all accounts in his mind starts when he gets that first job.

I almost hate to let him down easy that this first one is going to suck. But I don’t want him going in blind. Although I do want him going in.

So I made sure I made something clear. You need a crappy job for your first job and you need to keep it for at least a year. Why?

-because the only time you exercise patience is once in a while with your siblings. You need the time to learn how to deal with co-workers who act like children

-because you need at least a year doing something you hate so you can learn how to do excellent work in crappy circumstances

-because you need time to make mistakes. Time to be late and learn the consequences. Time have bad days and learn how that affects your team and numbers. Time to learn how to turn bad days into BETTER days. Better days into GOOD days.

-because you need to show your next job that you are reliable and can be somewhere, even a crappy job, for at least a year. And let them imagine what you could do with a job that makes you happy.

-because you need to see your value. Seeing what is poor work ethic and building good work ethic anyway is more valuable currency than most the people going up against you in an interview is going to have.

I hope I prepared him and didn’t discourage him. And we are lucky to be in an area where he has a lot of options to choose from in a first job.

Here’s hoping it’s the crappiest…and he finds his humor sooner rather than later in that first year.

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