Tips for New Grads to Adjust to the Workplace
Getting your first full-time job after graduation will typically be a big adjustment for you. Let’s be honest; it’s not unusual for the post-graduation job search to last months. That’s more than enough time to get out of many of your school habits that would be necessary for the workplace like getting up early or staying organized. So what happens when you eventually land that job and you need to adjust to the workplace? Here are some tips:
If you’re not used to getting up early, start waking up at the time you’ll need to for work in advance. By the time your first day rolls around, you’ll be more prepared to wake up in time. If you haven’t visited the office already for an interview or tour, time the commute ahead of time to ensure you know when to leave.
Take advantage of your free time
Suddenly working full time can feel like work is consuming your life. That’s why it’s necessary to take advantage of the time you have away from the office. Set aside time with friends and family, time for hobbies, exercise, etc.
Talk to people
Starting a new job with new people can be overwhelming, but don’t let that make you too nervous to talk to people. Even your best friends started as strangers, and networking will continue to be helpful as your career progresses.
Accept that it won’t be your dream job
It’s possible to walk into an ideal job after graduation, but it’s uncommon. Since you’re entry level, you’ll probably have more menial tasks on your to-do list than you’d like. It comes with the territory of being entry level. It can be frustrating, but just remember that more responsibility comes with more experience.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Your new boss or manager should know that it’s your first job after graduation, so they likely expect a bit of an adjustment period. They also want you to do your job correctly and will usually be more than willing to answer questions when necessary.
Hopefully these tips help you transition into your new full-time position more smoothly, but if you’re still looking for that opportunity, we’d love to be AtWork for YOU. Visit atwork.com/locations to find an office near you!