While the overwhelming majority of people don't start out in their dream jobs, you can learn a lot while earning your first paycheck. First jobs often take us out of our comfort zone, stretching us in ways we couldn't have anticipated and helping to shape our path forward. They can also teach us invaluable lessons about ourselves, how to work with different 人alities and how to solve problems on the fly.
例如，玛丽·巴拉开始了作为通用汽车（GM），质检员流水线回事，成为该公司的第一位女性首席执行官之前，她 她说： 时间上线帮她非常重视谁做对公司该角色的人。
"I got a minimum wage job in a windowless chemistry lab where I had to wear a full-body protection suit and clean glass beakers with acid. It was mind-numbingly boring. It was painful and low-pay. The most important thing I learned was an appreciation for any job that would be fulfilling emotionally. I really wanted a job that had direct positive impact on people's lives and without that, I couldn't be happy." - Ryan Carson, TreeHouse CEO and Founder
"During high school, I spent my summers as a camp counselor taking a bunch of kids on canoe trips, some as long as 40 days. I learned a lot about teamwork and making the most of limited resources -- only so much can fit into a backpack, and a lot can go wrong when you're out in the backwoods for weeks at a time. I also learned a lot about perseverance and hard work - there are no shortcuts on great journeys.
“有是一个营地辅导员，建立自己的企业之间的相似之处数量惊人的。属性是在树林里存活下来的帮助是相同的属性，这将帮助你成为成功的企业家。” - 迈克·麦克德门特，freshbooks首席执行官兼联合创始人
“这也让我我自己的价值，我是能够赢得真正的工资。作为一个年轻的人（我还在高中），我意识到，年龄不是事情尽可能的工作热情和能力。此外，公司有一位女性合伙人。她是一个非常有才华的律师，让我想起了我可以做任何我想要的。” - 勒伊拉·贾纳，的Samasource创始人兼首席执行官
"My first three 'real' jobs taught me a lot. As a second year university student, I worked with Mezzanine Consulting. I was given tons of autonomy there, and it taught me to figure things out and have confidence. After that, I worked for the photography company Blacks, with John Kelleher. He taught me about what a winning mindset looks like -- about really thinking big and setting huge aspirations. That was a really important influence, and the idea of thinking really big is something I often speak about now. And the job I had before joining my first startup, 1000memories, was at McKinsey. Working in that environment taught me a lot about how to solve problems." - Mike Katchen, 财富simple CEO and Founder
“这不是由高层管理人员的欢迎。我分公司的负责人举行大型会议，并打电话给我的倡议‘蓬松商学院的想法’，没有好处。我从来没有在我的生命被如此羞辱。我通过这次会议得到了，哭了大约六个小时直，决心找到一个公司更好地与我的直觉一致，这是2007 - 权当 谷歌 was named the No. 1 best place to work, in large part because of its innovative approach to motivating employees. I jumped at the chance to work there and haven't looked back. This was a formative experience for me because it helped me clarify what kind of organizations I'm willing to join and what kind of leader I want to be at Upstart." - Anna M. Counselman, Upstart Co-founder and Head of Operations
“随时随地工作正式之前，我在学校卖鞭炮的朋友。我的祖父是进口商。我想我的供应商。由于这样的事实，我没有任何的供应成本（他们每年的礼品），我的利润为无限大（但供应有限是）我想我一直是一个企业家 - 。这段经历教会了我怎么卖”迈克尔 - 利特，vidyard首席执行官兼创始人
“我登上我的第一份全职工作和投资银行的 金融 world. It taught me how to work hard, as I was working 80-100 hours a week. I learned the importance of attention to detail in a place where I had to make sure I do work well, accurately and quickly. I learned best practices when it came to communicating professionally -- as an investment banker, you're dealing with CEOs, management teams and bosses. To be able to communicate well over email, phone and in-人 was something that was drilled into me. And of course, it taught me a bunch of 金融 skills, which was helpful for running a fin-tech company." - Bill Clerico, WePay CEO and Founder
“我的第一份工作是做电话营销的研究，这教会我自信和执着的电话，千万不要讳疾忌医的东西的。” - PAYAL kadakia，classpass创始人和执行董事长
"My first job was at our family furniture store. As a small business, our customers were our most important asset, and this is where I learned the value of putting the customer first. There is nothing more critical in building a successful business than creating long lasting relationships. At my family store, we sent hand-written notes to each customer for feedback on their experience with us. This insight allowed us to make changes that ultimately lead to loyal customers and repeat business. This is absolutely something I have taken with me and putting customers first is cental to what we do at AppDirect." - Daniel Saks, AppDirect Co-CEO and Founder
"I had a bunch of different jobs when I was growing up (in Queens), but the one that's been the most influential was a warehouse job I had before going to college. Right away, I was put in a management role, and the owner took me under his wing. It wasn't easy. He was stern, and he'd push me to take on new challenges. He'd let me fail at times so I could learn from it, but I'd still have to own that failure. Looking back, that experience prepared me for becoming an entrepreneur, and the 领导 我的经验教训有 - 自主性与责任 - 继续影响我的管理风格。” - 大卫取消，漂移首席执行官兼创始人
"After college, I worked at McKinsey, which is an excellent boot camp to start your career. The level and quality of work we did set the bar for the rest of my career. Details matter and people notice when you care. It's easy to clock in and out, but when you work at an institution like McKinsey, you realize that no one wants to clock out until the work is at a level they're proud to present to a client. We try and instill that in the team at Alfred. Be proud of your work and imagine everything you're doing not only has your name on it, but is also being made public. We encourage everyone to take ownership and pride in everything we do as a team." - Marcela Sapone, Hello Alfred CEO and Co-founder