What is more important to you: getting into the right job or getting into the right company?
The right job is one that pays well, offers meaningful work, puts you under the direction of a good boss, and includes opportunities for advancement. The right company is one that is well known and respected, offering good training and a brand that you’re proud to be associated with.
A majority of the young professionals we surveyed believe that getting into the right job, regardless of the company, is more important than getting into the right organization. But when their answers are compared to those of senior business leaders, the answer is not as clear. On the basis of our survey results, a mentor or parent is likely to advise you that the organization is more important than the job. And more than three-quarters of the top leaders we surveyed advised that the right company or organization is most important for young professionals starting out in their careers.