A: Hi. I am Angelina Neglia and I am sitting here with Scott MacDonald, author of Saving Investa, How an Ex Factory Worker Helped Save an Iconic Australian Company. In this Book, Scott shares 25 lessons learned from his long and successful career.
Lesson number 5: It’s important to pick a job not based on immediate compensation, but on how it prepares you to realize future opportunities. Scott, this sounds like advice for young people just starting their careers.
S: Angie, that’s largely correct. When I graduated from college, I had student debt, and I was broke. I remember actually, one day, looking in my wallet and there were no dollars. And there was no change in my pocket, and I didn’t have a bank account. So I… I was broke! I was offered job with a public agency in Oklahoma, and I declined because I didn’t think it took me along the career path I wanted to go.
Instead, I took a lesser paying job with a management-consulting firm in Washington, DC, and that began a long career of corporate organization and management. So, my advice is to figure out where you want to go, and find a job that takes you further along that path, even if the pay is less attractive.
A: This is Angelina Neglia talking with author Scott MacDonald. For more information and tips on a successful career, look for Scott’s new book, Saving Investa.
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