Here’s something no one tells you after you graduate college and begin the job hunt: The term “entry level job” is a misnomer.
You read that right. You see, it would seem that an entry level job is your ticket into the workforce, maybe even a foot in the door of your dream industry.
However, the truth is that in order to get that experience you desire from an entry level job, you need to have experience in that field already.
Get used to reading job description after job description in which the desired qualifications look something like this:
- Recent graduate with at least 1-3 years experience in ________ industry
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
- Prior internship experience required
- Experience working in [classroom/multicultural/health-focused] environment
- Proven success in x, y, z job-related project
- 22 years old, with 35 years experience
Okay, so the last one might not be a real example (but it totally could be. I wouldn’t be surprised), but I think you can see where I’m going with this.
“Entry level” is a phrase that encourages recent graduates to apply, but, in all actuality, means nothing.
To quote The Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
Come on, employers. Take a hint?