by sysop in From Campus to Career
by Kristina Burroughs
To many recent college graduates, stepping into the world of full-time employment seems like a college foreign immersion program, except it is real life! There is no professor assigned to guide you through the transition – you are on your own! For an adjusting Millennial in the workforce, there are some cultural norms and reality adjustments you should consider in order to be successful as you step into the work force.
There are some misconceptions about what you were told in college versus the realities that await you upon graduation. Here are a few foundational truths that will help you to adjust:
Reality: This is a good thing! It will only make you a better linchpin in the organization because you will know the ins and outs of the organization. You will build the lost disciplines of patience, trustworthiness, and dependability. Trust us; your hard work will not go unnoticed.
Reality: The regulatory landscape of America is changing and although it is still the land of opportunity – and we hope it will continue to be – future and current generations entering the workforce may have to adjust what they define as a “great job” and be appreciative for the opportunity to work at all.
Reality: The great news is that the academic path to education rarely prepares you for the practical experience in the marketplace; however, it does prepare you in other ways. Your transferable skills from college include writing and other communication skills, team-building, time management, stress-management, and the ability to juggle multiple deadlines and projects at the same time. Those are certainly applicable!
If you can acknowledge some of these potential misconceptions as you begin your job search and accept the realities and benefits of the truth, you will be positioned to immerse yourself just fine. Just like with any immersion program, it takes some time to adjust to the culture shock of a different way of life.