The Biggest Adjustments For Recent Graduates at their First Jobs

May 12, 2015

Career Advice


The “real world” is a scary one, especially for recent graduates who came straight from the comforts of college. Schedules, grades, credits, and classes kept you on track but once you enter the workplace, things change. (And it’s not always bad — in fact, it’s good!) Here are the biggest differences we found when transitioning from college to the cube:

1. You’re always “on.”
Suddenly cramming for a test seems a lot easier. Because in the real “world,” there’s no single test. You’re always trying to prove — and improve — yourself day in and day out.  That’s why work-life balance is so important. Otherwise you’ll burn out!

2. You won’t know everything, and that’s OK.
Don’t ever be afraid to ask a question simply because you think it will make you look incompetent. There is no way that a newbie entering the work force for the first time will have it all figured out. It’s better to set clear and realistic expectations.

3.  It’s okay to say no.
As a student, you really didn’t have a choice when it came to homework assignments, tests, papers, and more. But now you can speak up if you’re feeling overworked or underpaid. Negotiate your salary. Negotiate your workload. Ask for help when you need it.

4. You pick your own path.
There’s no simple path to follow anymore and it’s okay to diverge from any traditional route that’s been laid out for you or seems easier to follow. Regardless of your career, you are in charge of your own success — and your own happiness.

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