Fast Company: 5 founders on how bad first jobs inspired them to become entrepreneurs

“Oh, that first job. Chances are it wasn’t your dream gig. But whatever you did, that first job often has a lasting impact on your career trajectory. More than 40% of college grads take first jobs that don’t require a degree, according to the Strada Institute for the Future of Work and Burning Glass Technologies. Five years later, they’re five times more likely to still be underemployed, when compared to peers who put their degrees to work right away.

For plenty of founders, their first jobs sparked a desire to strike out on their own. Had it not been for that first, sometimes less-than-ideal, foray, they might not be where they are today—and for that, they’re forever grateful.”

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