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What to Expect When Starting Your First Job

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What to Expect Before Starting Your First Job

If your first full-time job is locked down by the time you cross the stage on college graduation day, you’re probably feeling a mix of excitement and relief. But looking back on the past four years doesn’t usually come without a hint of anxiety for the future: Entering the working world means you’ll no longer be a big fish in a small campus pond. Don’t worry; we’ve been there.

Landing your first full-time job is a huge milestone. Take it from these recent grads, who share in the video below what it was like starting their first job after college.

About these recent grads:

  • Jibran Khan is a 2012 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He works at HotelTonight doing market strategy.
  • Onn Rubin is in business development at San Francisco startup Jhana. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013.
  • Mallory Colin graduated in 2014 from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco. Her first job out of college is as an interior designer and project manager for Engage Hospitality.
  • Teddy Nykiel writes about personal finance for NerdWallet. She graduated in 2014 from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Gianna Sen-Gupta is a writer for NerdWallet’s higher education team, NerdScholar. Follow her on Twitter for more things college and career.

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