<strong>1) You have to pay your dues</strong>
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This stereotype has been around since the dawn of time. The iconic trope being someone fetching coffee and picking up the boss's dry cleaning. This term comes from literally  "paying one's dues" such as union or trade memberships but is now used in the more figurative sense. It means that you have put in the work necessary to deserve a reward or promotion. For example, a beat cop might make Detective after 10 years of patrol duty. In this case, the officer <em>paid his dues</em> to become detective.
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<strong><em>What it really means:</em></strong>
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You are going to do a lot of <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/adventures-house-hunting/2014/05/advice-to-new-graduates-how-to-survive-corporate-america/" target="_blank">meaningless, mind-numbingly boring</a> and perhaps even pointless things for a long time. You should expect to have to pay your dues. You shouldn't have to expect to jump through pointless hoops for no reason other than your higher-ups had to, then yeah it’s not always exactly laser precise advice.  If you're not learning anything or advancing, it's time to look at yourself and figure out what actually sucks: the job or you. If after a reasonable amount of time -- your first review or one year, whichever comes first -- you have not been given any "substantive assignments" it's time to re-evaluate the situation.
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