Barely out of university and getting job offers with five-digit salaries? Superb, but watch out! There's much more to a job than the grand paycheck, especially when it's your very first. With equal importance, if not more, here are the other things you need to peer into before signing that acceptance letter.
What shapes you into a better person in your career is directly, and more fundamentally, put into formation by your first boss. We say “better person” because there is much more to skill development than merely what you can put into your resume. A boss can shape your management and leadership skills, and have a huge impact on your ability to work independently and take decisions. That's a lot of influence to wield, so choose wisely.
Find a respectable and capable leader to follow, learn their positive traits and forgive their negative ones.
Flexibility of time will matter, hence pay close attention to the office hours required. You may have your education, family or other priorities which require your presence. One thing that's commonly overlooked is the relation of the quantity of work to the office hours asked for, in which the former exceeds the latter significantly, leaving you stuck at the office way past your shift to get the work done.
Location is vital when choosing a job, especially in Dhaka. Considering if you have personal transport or otherwise, being punctual is a highly desired trait in corporate culture, and will give you a reputation as dedicated and reliable. Moreover, if the job requires you to travel, it will take a toll and your energy and wallet, both of which will accumulate over time and significantly affect your performance at work.
If you're working in an office for hours on end, you would want it to be enjoyable. Usually, the culture of start-up companies tends to be more welcoming and provides more room to learn skills out of your comfort zone. The importance of recognition and feedback should be an essential consideration. With so much time and effort invested in it, your office should be made into your second home, with a comfortable environment and community.
If you're not learning something new and gaining actual experience, the job is not worth it. Period. Think of where you would want to be or what you want to do in the coming years, and the skills you learn will compliment the next. Not all skills are transferable, so make a note particularly build on the ones that are. Moreover, look into positions above the ones you shall be taking. The job may not be feasible or worth your time if there aren't opportunities to advance within the company.
The world revolves around people, so choose a firm which allows you to socialise and build your contacts. Your reputation outside the company will, over time, come to weigh more than what your colleagues think of you.
And of course, the money
Well, you can't leave out the net pay in the end. But what is being implied here is: never consider it your first priority when you enter your first job. Subtract your monthly expenses from the salary they provide accordingly (eg transport costs), and make comparisons based on the net value. If all goes well, you will have challenging job with a great environment providing enough monetary benefits to cover your expenses and more.