So you have finished with school and you are feeling ready to enter the brand new world of work. But are you really? The two worlds are very separate and you might find this transitional period between your studies and your career to be challenging.
Changes you can expect when transitioning into a new grad job
In those first few months of your career, you are bound to be feeling more than just a little overwhelmed by this new environment. These are some of the things that you can expect.
A time shift: When you start working, time will suddenly seem very different. You will no longer be able to have that lie in and arrive twenty minutes late to a lecture attitude. Instead, you will be expected to be as productive and time-efficient as possible within your working day. This means showing up on time to every meeting and appointment, and working hard during your set hours. Suddenly, at least eight hours of your day will not be yours anymore. This takes some adjustment, but in time you will develop time management skills and will be able to achieve a successful work/life balance.
Answering to people: When you begin a new grad job, it is likely that you will be starting at the bottom of the ladder. That is perfectly okay because everybody who has experienced success has started from exactly the same place at one point or another in their careers. What you might not be so prepared for is having to answer to various different people who have more experience on the job than you. Do as people say while also being proactive and you will be just fine.
Team work: Being a student is often very solitary. You complete your papers in the library, hand them in, and receive your marks. The work process is very different because you almost always have to work as part of a team and lean on other people for support. To successfully transition into your new working life, you will need to become a team player.
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