First Year Out

Transitions can be challenging! New graduates often fail to take the time necessary to prepare for the monumental shift from student to professional. You can no longer sleep-in until your afternoon class, or have gourmet meals prepared and waiting for you to pick up, or casually pull all-nighters; though perhaps you can begin to say goodbye to being broke. This transition requires you to be professional: to have a "9 to 5" in many cases, cook your own meals, find your own place, have limited vacation time, and more importantly, to put into practice all you have learned and acquired throughout your college career. It is essentially a wake up call but you don't have to worry. Listed below you will be introduced briefly to the 8 key issues mentioned over and over again by new graduates, and how managing them can lead to a successful transition as detailed in "Making a Successful Transition from College to Career" by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., and Katherine Hansen, Ph.D. (to view full article)

  1.  Time-Related Factors
          It's all about Time Management. As you enter the world of work you will quickly realize you're handling various projects at a time, trying to find vacation time, and realizing free time has been replaced with managing bills, 40+ hour work weeks, lunch meetings, staff meetings, deadlines, and the overall maintaining of your job.  
  2. Professionalism in the Workplace
          There is no time to slack off. Your professionalism can determine whether or not you get the job, how dependable you are, and how your employer perceives you.
  3. A Job or True Calling?
           Be Flexible. Open Minded and willing to learn! You might find yourself in a position you may have never thought you'd be in, but don't panic if the job is not right for you. It's ok! You can transition, all it requires is  a bit of planning.
  4. College Has Not Prepared You for Everything 
           One of the major complaints you hear from recent graduates is that college failed to prepare them for the world of work! You will find that things like managing finances, living on your own, learning teamwork skills, and understanding different personality types are all part of the transition.
  5. Finding Employment May Not Be Easy
           The Job Search takes time and planning. You always want to leave at least 6 months to do an in depth job search. This entails consistently seeking work, submitting resumes, using all resources, and setting up informational interviews.  Sure you may find a job within that timeframe, and the hope is you do, but remember this is a process. Remember to be assertive in your pursuit; you are not the only recent graduate looking for work.
  6. Don't Be So Full Of Yourself
             Realize there are hundreds, even thousands of others with your degrees and qualifications. Focus on showing how you can use your skills and talents to contribute to their organization, and how you expect to grow through partnering with them.
  7. College Grads Get Entry Level Jobs 
              Be realistic! As a recent grad you will most likely find an entry level job with entry level salary and entry level work hours. Be careful with your expectations and realize it may take time before you reach the level of success you desire.
  8. Be Prepared for Salary Negotiations and Job Offers
              Make sure you know what you want. You may be faced with more than one job offer and this is where you get the opportunity to decide which one is the best for you.  

 

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