No one lands their dream job straight out of college—but doing ones that suck will give you vital skills and experience
ou know that phenomenon where you look at a clock, then look away for at least an hour, then you look back—but the time’s only changed by five minutes? That’s the kind of thing that happens when you’re in a crap job. Time. Stands. Still. Other signs? You’ve used up your sick leave on what you deem “mental health days,” you’ve invented “games” to keep you amused during the nine to five (wastepaper basket basketball, Cosmopolitan July 2016 anyone?), and your Sundayitis lasts until Thursday. But crap jobs are crucial to your climb up the career ladder—here’s how they can help you land your dream role...
the soul-sucking Customer service Job
Whether it’s taking calls for the customer service line at a bank, working in retail, or manning the front desk as a receptionist, chances are your working life started with a role that meant serving (and trying to be polite to) cranky customers. This type of job is a rite of passage