The importance of knowing your worth as a young person in a new job

Starting a new job is a daunting prospect for anyone, usually speaking. With worries concerning duties, performance, responsibilities and skill, beginning a new occupation can certainly present its share of challenges, regardless of the line of work you are in.

What is even more intimidating is if you’re a young person starting off a new job in the realm of your desired career.

Speaking from experience, I know how rough it can be being the new kid on a job, fresh out of school. I started working in my field of education immediately after graduating, and while the experience was educating, eye-opening and beneficial, there were a lot of things that occurred that I didn’t necessarily appreciate, and I’m certain they only occurred because I was the rookie, if you will.

I firmly believe it is harder than ever before for young people heading into the job force. For whatever reason, there is an unspoken rule that the new person on a job ends up being the bitch, or the grunt. And while I believe this mindset can be appropriate within reason, there is a tremendous difference between asking the new kid to do the not-so-pleasant jobs that everyone had to face when they started out and bullying. And, unfortunately, it seems as though the latter is deemed socially acceptable when it comes to interacting with new, young folks starting out a new position.

It is so, so important to recognize and understand our worth when we begin a new job. There will inevitably be instances in which you get the shit end of the stick, however, refrain from allowing yourself to be trampled or overlooked because of your hesitancy as a result of being a fresh face. Being new doesn’t grant employers with a consequence-free ticket to treat you like a doormat, whether they agree or not.

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