What work is like, as told by an entry-level employee
‘Coffee, on the other hand, I buy almost every day’
When we all hear the seemingly dreadful title of ‘entry-level,’ what is the first thing that comes to mind? Personally, I think of the low pay and the inability to enjoy what I am doing. The big question here is, is this all a myth?
I spoke with Kaitlin, who is currently an entry-level employee at a public relations, marketing, and event planning firm. Luckily she was able to score the job she wanted (almost) right away. In her words, we have some insight as to what the real world actually looks like…at least in the beginning.
Do you buy coffee and lunch every day?
I buy coffee more often than I buy lunch. I bring lunch most days because it is easier. I try to limit myself to only buying lunch once per week. Coffee, on the other hand, I buy almost every day. I try not to, but I always end up getting it because of the convenience.
What has been the greatest surprise of working full-time?
I think it is how quickly I have adjusted to having a routine. I don’t mind waking up early, getting in a quick workout, and then getting home late. Some people hate commuting, but it doesn’t bother me. My whole life, I’ve wanted to work in the city, so I am enjoying the experience.
Are you really lowest on the totem pole? Or do you get to have some autonomy and projects of your own?
Since this is an entry level job, I am starting at the bottom, but I don’t mind it because there is always room to grow. I am learning a lot, and I can’t wait for the day that I get to do projects on my own.
Do you think you’ll stay in this job or with the company for long?
I think there is definitely room to grow in this company, so I anticipate staying for as long as I can. I don’t know what the future holds, but I am excited and enjoying what I am doing right now.
What is a typical day in the office like?
My typical day consists of proof reading, writing emails, talking to clients and preparing for events. I also write press releases and marketing write-ups.
Is it a more fast-paced environment than you expected?
It is definitely a fast paced environment, but it is nothing that I can’t handle. I enjoy working in a fast-paced environment because it keeps the job fresh and exciting.
Do you plan and set up events, or do you attend as well?
I do a combination of both. I plan and set up, but I also help out during the events–usually with registration. My favorite part of going to the events is seeing how all my hard work has paid off.
From your first impression of the job, how do you see a difference in your opinion today?
My first impression has not changed. I am doing what I love and that will never get old. The job is structured in a way that makes it enjoyable.
What kind of work do you do within the company?
I write a lot of press releases and communicate with clients. I also prepare for events and help out during them. Since I am new, I am doing a little bit of everything to get a feel for what goes on in the company.
So there you have it. Entry-level work is not as bad as we all hear it can be. Just remember, a little hard work can go a long way!