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First jobs rarely become careers

Q. I'm young and restless and my parents think I shouldn't complain, but after five years in this entry level job I am really antsy and want to get ahead. I know there are no jobs now, but no one gives me exciting assignments, no one notices if I stay after hours and do extra work, and I can't wait until things improve and I can get out of here. This doesn't seem like the career I went to college for.

Ans. First jobs rarely become careers. You are so lucky that you are young enough to have-and can live on-- an entry level job. Go home each night and say a prayer of thanks to someone or something. Meanwhile, don't think you're so unique. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the unemployment numbers are distressing and many people feel stuck in their old jobs and unable to move on. The key word here is "patience." All things pass and eventually this recession will too. Since you're young, you'll probably live to see the better days ahead.

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