Have you ever found yourself dealing with "bad" work? "Bad" work refers to the kind of work that you might call menial labor, such as making copies, shredding paper, packing boxes, and the like. We've all dealt with it, but here's a tip for avoiding "bad" work in the future:
Don't do "bad" work to the best of your ability. Now, you should definitely do the work because not finishing your work would be bad advice and you may get fired; just keep in mind that when you are given menial tasks that aren't time critical, you should conscientiously take longer doing the "bad" work than meaty assignments that make you think and use your skills.
For example, let's say you've been asked to reformat some documents and then load them onto a server, renaming each one by one. This hypothetical task will take you hours. Let's also say you've been asked by a few other co-workers to be a big contributor to a project, making this "good" work. The best way to avoid "bad" work in the future, without making a scene, is to do the best job you can (as fast as you can) with your contribution to the big project... and to take a longer than usual time reformatting the documents and then renaming them. Think of this as a subtle way of managing your managers to give you the work you want.
The old way of thinking where young workers needed to do menial work all the time to "earn their stripes" has been thrown out the window. Yes, we know that some menial work is unavoidable but we're referring to situations where almost everything you do is menial labor.
The advantage young workers (and really all workers) have right now is that the general job market is so competitive. If you're still doing almost all menial work after being on the job for a while, you should probably be looking for positions at companies that will actually use the skills you spent so much effort developing.