So you have passed your undergraduate degree or are about to graduate! Well, congrats! It is a big milestone to graduate, so there is some anxiety. However, many students generally worry about transitioning from their classrooms to a professional setting. It is an exciting time, however, it doesn’t mean there are not any pitfalls that come with it. To help you transition from the classroom to the boardroom, we will go over some of the best tips in this blog.
- Be realistic and don’t get swept up in the clouds
Let’s be honest. Most of the students have unrealistic expectations heading into their first real professional job. When you first start in the real world, it can be very different from what we usually imagine in our heads. It is best to realise you won’t be getting the high-priority tasks you would want. Some chances are you might get entry-level or simpler tasks in the beginning. However, do not let this discourage you! You should docs on learning as much as you can, ask questions be positive and keep your focus.
Furthermore, this is your first company, it won’t be your last. Hence, learn as much as you can this is a wonderful opportunity to acquire experience and also develop your skills.
- Be Patient
Now, is a good time to remind yourself to be kind to yourself. When we first enter a new environment it can be sometimes an overwhelming time. Many things around us are new and unfamiliar. Sometimes that expectation we have in our head can be our own worst enemy. It’s very important to allow yourself some room to make mistakes.
Moreover, it is a good idea to have goals and benchmarks to track your progress, but don’t be overly attached to these metrics. When starting in a new company, it is going to take time to adjust so ensure that you are giving yourself that time.
- Take the challenge of exploring different industries
When you start working, always try to be flexible. You do not only have to work in one type of industry forever. Poke around with industries you might not have taken into consideration before, whether this is a start-up or something off the beaten path. It is also that mistakes will happen, maybe you will choose the wrong job or not like the company. However, with each mistake, you will learn and pivot. This will ultimately help you in the end, you will also learn what you like and dislike and then, be able to be more selective next time.
- Take some time to get to know your coworkers
Getting to know your new colleagues is important at your new job. You can grow your network with new colleagues within your workplace. This might seem a little intimidating, but there are simple ways to fix this.
Ask your manager to introduce you to another colleague and also chat with them. If you are working in a remote setting, you can invite them for a virtual coffee. After you are done talking with them, also ask them who should talk to next, and if needed ask them to introduce you.
Making some genuine connections, can also improve your value and gives you the support you can turn to. This is especially important if you will be working in a remote setting. In case someone declines, don’t feel discouraged! Offer an open invitation to chat and also continue reaching out and connecting with others.