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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Recruitment Solutions for a major human resources consulting firm based in Toronto, Ontario. Although she has been recruiting for quite a few years, she still gets a big thrill from calling someone to set up an interview and an even bigger thrill when she hears a happy dance as she tells them when their new job starts. Laura lives with her family in Oakville, where she has lived for over 25 years, and is a significant contributor to the Canadian Federation of University Women - Oakville and Women in Nuclear, Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

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We tend to get hung up about our first job. Whether it’s a summer job or a full time gig, we worry that it won’t be in line with our goals and ambitions. Stop worrying about it. As long as you learn a lot and make money, that’s all that matters.

Want proof? Here is a list of some pretty successful people and their first jobs.

Warren Buffett sold newspaper subscriptions and delivered papers

Barak Obama worked in an ice cream parlour in Hawaii

JK Rowling was a researcher at Amnesty International

Lady Gaga was a server (and there are many others to add to that list!)

Director James Cameron drove a truck before he saw Star Wars and decided to try out the movie business.

Frank Stronach, founder of auto parts giant Magna, apprenticed as a tool and die maker in Austria before moving to Canada.

Bryan Baeumler – ran an air cargo business before he made the leap into home renovations and was discovered by HGTV

Peter Mansbridge was a ticket taker at the airport in Churchill, Manitoba

I am sure they can each point to something valuable that came out of the experience, but it’s clear that they did not take the job because it lined up with their future plans.

So get on with it. Take that irrelevant job with no “meaning” or “impact” on society. It will make for great stories later.



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