This is it, you think to yourself, After all the endless interviews, requirements, and prayers, I finally got the job I’ve wanted for so long and I’m ready for #adulting!
Making the transition from college to career can be exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time as new cultures, people, and challenges await all that you have to offer. Here are some tips for the times when the adjustment gets a little too overwhelming:
- Grow through mistakes – To make the most out of your first job, it’s important to keep yourself challenged. Put your “game face” on and take on new roles and tasks! Remember though: with this mindset, you will make a lot of mistakes in the process, but these are what will help you grow as a professional. Learn from your peers and your supervisor by asking questions, seeking tips and suggestions, and observing how they get their work done. As the famous author J.K. Rowling once said, “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
- Strive to be (mentally and physically) healthy – It might take a while to shake off those unhealthy habits that you got so used to in college, (sleeping past 12 midnight, snacking on sugary and salty treats regularly, cramming to the point of major stress, etc.) but if you want to give your absolute best at work and leave a good impression, it’s important to develop better habits. Start little by little by trying out these tips: bring a tumbler to work and stay hydrated throughout the day, stand and stretch after every 2 hours or so, take the stairs instead of the elevator, plan your meals and budget ahead of time, and don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back at the end of each day.
- Don’t waste time comparing – It’s tempting to check out what your friends and college batchmates are up to, especially if most of them are also employed. Don’t fall for the trap of scrolling endlessly online to see how you’re falling short in “success”. Focus on where you are, where you want to be and what it will take to get there. Chances are, everyone’s learning and making countless mistakes as much as you are –they’re probably just really good at hiding it. Pro tip: See a friend experiencing success? Cheer them on! Be the one who wants them to go even further up the ladder to amazing opportunities. When the time comes that you’ll be celebrating your own milestones, you’ll find yourself in good company.
- Make time for everything else, too – Having a full-time job (whether you love it or not) doesn’t mean you have to abandon everything else that makes you happy. The key is to plan everything ahead so that there will be no reason to feel guilty for pursuing your passions. Schedule and prepare for bonding time with friends and family, or set aside two days in a month where you have undisturbed “me” time. Prioritizing your personal growth will make you feel more satisfied with the way you balance life and work.
- Set clear goals, big and small – With goals in mind, the dreary work days become easier to endure as you tick off one task after the other. Setting goals (such as financial or even travel goals) gives you a sense of progress and accomplishment with the position given to you, and it’s a good way to avoid feeling lost or unproductive as time goes by. Also, you might want to consider making a reward system for yourself, where you assign specific treats for accomplishing big or small tasks. For instance, you could treat yourself to a movie night after you get that major report done.
Getting a new job can be overwhelming, but it shouldn’t be something to fear. For more career-related advice, check out the Career Conversations section at Edukasyon.ph.