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Adulting 101 – Career Concerns

Updated: Mar 31

You worked hard in school. You received your degree, certification, or license. Yet, you struggle to find a job that will pay you what you are worth.

Let’s examine that last statement a bit. Upon what are you basing the valuation of your monetary worth? Have you researched your career field and starting salaries in your area? Yes, starting salary – not average salary, remember you are a talented, educated novice. Not to mention the cost of living in your area will impact the salary range. For example, according to, a registered nurse's starting salary in New York is $70,000.00 and $60,000.00 in Arkansas. Be sure you are comparing apples to apples.

Are you striving for a realistic standard of living? Show yourself some grace. It is not realistic to command a salary that compares to your parents' salaries who have years of work experience behind them – and often dual incomes.

Entry-level is not a bad thing; it is a stepping-stone. Don’t be afraid to use it.

Conversely, do you lack confidence in your abilities? Are you not applying for jobs that pay more than you feel you’re worth? Again, research starting salaries. Realize that employers understand your lack of work experience and value your education and fresh perspective.

Starting a new career is exciting and a bit intimidating. Contact me for help navigating the waters.

Angela W. Startz, MAHSC, CCLC

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