While you’re working toward graduating you tend to think of it as the end game. In some ways it is. It is the end of this period of your life. It certainly marks a transition. But the reality is, graduation is the opening of a door to a brave new world and if you’re prepared it is really a take-off point and not an ending.
The time between finishing studying and graduating
The temptation is to use this carefree time to let down your hair and lose all the pressure that built up while you finished your degree. But if you can cast your eye in the direction of what’s next even for a while you will serve yourself well.
You have to job hunt and it might not be the dream one
The truth is most people don’t like their first jobs. There is actually a whole industry out there which is geared to helping people get out the rut and get into something better.
Don’t worry if you don’t love your first job, getting an experience of what you don’t want to do can often point the way to where you do really want to be.
You will need to grow up a little
Here’s a big change when adapting to the work world. Your new company will expect you to show up, and if you don’t it will have consequences. If you are doing a 9-5 type of job, you will be expected to be there before 9 and you don’t get to leave until 5. During that time, you are expected to deliver.
Actually, it is not that hard. It is just a question of doing what you say you are going to do. If you make a commitment, stick to it.
Changing your closet
T-Shirts and tennis shoes might not cut it anymore. These days some work environments are laid back. Programming geeks might still get to slob around in jeans too, but most of the business world will want you to smarten up your game a little.
Oddly, you will soon find dressing the part makes you act the part. After a while, you’re not even acting anymore. When you put on your work clothes, you put on your work mentality.
Other habits will change too
You’ll be surprised how things change. Believe it or not, you will want to go to bed earlier. It’s hard to believe, but having to be there at 9 am five days a week will just take all the fun out of drinking till 2 am every day.
You will be finished with roommates too. Hard to believe isn’t it? It might be impossible too. If you’re carrying a big loan, roommates might be your reality for a while. Choose grown-ups who keep the place clean, and choose a place with a dishwasher.
Everyone makes it up as they go along
It is the truth. Everyone fakes it till they make it. Don’t worry.