If you are fortunate enough to be one of the small pool of graduates to be able to land a career job directly out of college then kudos to you. But you will learn early on that the working atmosphere is nothing like college. Hours, dress, and even your habits need to be altered in order to adjust to the working world norms. So that you are properly prepared for an otherwise rude awakening, continue reading below to learn how to successfully transition from college life to working life.
The very first thing you will have to adjust is your schedule. In college you might be used to staying up till the wee hours of the evening and rolling out of bed to attend your afternoon class, but unless you get a creative job with flexible hours, you will have to get accustomed to working between the hours of 9 to 5. This means you’ll need to wake up early and go to bed early so that you can be refreshed and be prepared to do what your boss is paying you to do. And it’s important that you remember that your boss is nothing like your professor, he or she won’t let you get away with showing up to work late frequently. So unless you want to risk getting fired, invest in a good alarm and show up to work on time. While on the subject of working hours, a 9 to 5 will seem a little restrictive and monotonous at first, and chances are you may get a little restless mid day. But you need to find a way to focus and get your work done. And remember that with time, you will get used to the new schedule and most days will just fly by.
If you had to relocate for your job or all your college buddies moved away, another way to adjust to your new lifestyle is to make some new friends. It’s also a good idea to try to befriend other professionals who are similar to you. This is because they will be more understanding about work obligations and won’t really recommend throwing parties or hitting up the bar mid-week. A good place to find some new friends is at your new work place. Get to know everyone and be approachable. Not only will having someone to talk to make the days be more pleasant, but coworkers can also offer you support and praise whenever you excel in something in the workplace. This can in turn motivate you to work even harder.
It’s important that you realize that just because you are in the working world now doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and do the things you once loved in college. Just be responsible about your choices and try to save the more wild activities if you choose to do them on the weekends or at a time that won’t interfere with your job duties.