Both nerve-wracking and unforgettable at the same time, getting that first job is a milestone for every person.
Not only that, this is your first experience into a world that’s totally different from school. Your assignments and exams will be replaced with tasks and deadlines, professors seem tame compared to bosses, and your new peers will be people of different ages and experience levels.
In other words, the workplace is totally different from college.
Unfortunately, school doesn’t teach you everything you need to know about life after graduation… like these five things:
How to Handle Your Money
That feeling you get your first paycheck is amazing; a pure adrenaline rush. It’ll make you want to buy all the things you can get, all at once! But before you go haywire on buying a new pair of heels or that snazzy gadget, just because you now can, think twice.
As you’ll soon discover, the salary you’re paid is only enough to to cover basic living expenses. It’s not like you can call up mom or dad anytime and ask for an allowance, so you must stretch your budget until the next payday!
The key here is simple: don’t go broke. Save up, take another job if you can, and be creative with your budgeting skills.
Dealing with People and Office Politics
In school, you might have encountered groups of people, cliques like jocks, popular girls, and the strange kids. In an office setting, these people will be replaced with the managers, vendors, hotshots and nerds… and they will all have more work experience than you. And those years of working at the same company can surely give those co-workers, regardless of the clique the belong to, an air of superiority that can range from arrogant to inspiring.
Here’s some advice for you, fresh graduate: work wisely, avoid office politics, and don’t play dirty. And don’t do things that you know aren’t right just because you want to fit in with the current company culture.
And if you’re worried about making friends, accept the fact that not all of your peers will be your friend. That wasn’t the case in college, and it won’t be the case in the workplace.
Learning How to Listen Intently
Your student habit of pretending to listen to the teacher’s discussion won’t work in a company setting.
In the real world, Nothing’s worse than working with an employee who doesn’t know how to listen and apply what they’ve heard. So as an employee, You’ll have to do a lot of listening, from meetings to your boss’ task for you. Don’t just hear… listen with your mind.
Gaining New Skills at Work
Not everything will be taught to you by a book. Or a lecture. Sometimes, you have to get your hands dirty. You have to make mistakes. Even big ones.
Along the way, perhaps without knowing it, you’ll pick up a few soft skills that will help you throughout your career. Be aware of your weaknesses, and turn these into your strengths.
Juggling Work-Life Balance
After four or more years of pretty much the same routine, it’s hard to balance work with your life outside of work. Some of us want to jump in; do everything we can. Or maybe we start to miss the more relaxed environment of our campus days.
Don’t be a workaholic, but don’t slack off either. Block out time to work hard… but make sure you still enjoy life.
These five things are something everyone needs to be taught before they start work. But that learning rarely happens until after you begin work.
Too bad… because this is a lesson worth learning, sooner rather than later. to expect once you start working. Enjoy working, learn from it, and live well.
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About The Author: Eliza Sullin is a college student and freelance writer for best essay au service. Working while a student taught her how to be responsible for her life and work.