While graduating college and starting your first “real job” can be a huge milestone, the transition from student to working professional can sometimes be challenging to most. For some, trading in the days of late night study sessions and campus parties for a full-time office job can be a bit of a shock at first.
Here are a few tips to ensure your transition into the professional world runs smoothly:
Just because you work a 9-5 schedule on the weekdays, doesn’t mean you get to neglect your responsibilities at home. We are all guilty of postponing an overdue dentist appointment or forgetting to do laundry for the week, but balancing between work life and personal responsibilities is key. The last thing you want to do is fall behind in both aspects.
At last! Two days of complete freedom to do whatever you want. Whether that be sleeping in until noon, catching up on the latest episode of Game of Thrones, or squeezing in a class at SoulCycle, the weekends are for doing EXACTLY that. You no longer have infinite hours of free time during the week, so make the weekend count.
I cannot stress this enough. As a professional in the PR & Marketing industry, networking and building relationships is important for personal growth and business development. Remember, you are not only gaining exposure to the people in the room, but you build connections with THEIR network as well. Building new connections out of college can be intimidating at first, but worth it in the long run.
Being a broke college student does not have to last forever. Create a financial journal or spreadsheet to track your monthly spending and bills. This will help you decide if you really need those new pair of Yeezy’s or if you need to spend the money on your phone bill. Did I also mention how important it is to save? Treat savings like a cost and put away money in a TFSA or savings account each month. You never know when any unforeseen circumstances might occur.
As cliché as this sounds, make sure you are enjoying what you are doing. Treat every new experience with an open mind and learn as much as possible. Soak in every bit of information that is thrown at you and store it away for safe keeping. You’re going to make mistakes (that’s normal) but it’s how you learn from them that matters.
Entering the workforce straight out of college doesn’t have to be scary. With the right support, mind frame and preparation, you’ll be a pro in no time.