A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

Andrew Jenkins -

Small bird in a hand

When I graduated college, I couldn't wait to get out there and start my career. I mean, I was excited. I just knew I'd find a great company, apply for a great job, nail my interview, receive a great offer, and fulfill all of my career goals in no time.

To be fair, the dream did mostly become a reality. I found a great company, applied for a great job, I nailed my interview, but then I received the most underwhelming offer I could have possibly imagined. It was so low, I questioned why I decided to go to college in the first place. College certainly prepared me for a lot of things, but it did NOT prepare me for the reality of entry-level pay.

So, I began sharing the news with family. They were thrilled but could sense my lack of enthusiasm. The conversation would go something like this:

  1. Me

    I recieved an offer.

  2. Family

    That's great!

  3. Me

    Yeah, it's a ways off from "great." I think I should keep looking.

  4. Family

    Well, what's wrong?

  5. Me

    It's the offer. I just expected more, and I'm certain I can find better.

When I had this conversation with the woman who would eventually become my mother in law, she said, "Well, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." As painful as that was to accept, she was right. Now don't get me wrong, I could have continued to explore options. There was no shortage of available jobs in the Seattle area, but I recognized that I had to start somewhere, and despite the awful wage, it was a great job at a great company.

I learned another valuable lesson through this process. When it comes to my career, I should be thinking of it more as a marathon and not a sprint. Slow down. Everything is going to be okay. As I increase experience, I can expect an increase in pay. And boy has that been the case. I would have never thought I'd be where I am now, especially based on where I started, but a healthy dose of patience has allowed me to appreciate each step of my journey.

Rest assured grads, advancement will come. In the meantime remember, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."