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February Tip of the Month. How to Make a Smooth Transition from College Life to Work. College & Work Environments are very Different. Recognize that the first year on the job is a new and different stage in your life It can be considered a “breaking-in stage” .

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february tip of the month

February Tip of the Month

How to Make a Smooth Transition from College Life to Work

college work environments are very different
College & Work Environments are very Different
  • Recognize that the first year on the job is a new and different stage in your life
  • It can be considered a “breaking-in stage”
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College & Work Environments are very Different
  • You are no longer a student, but you are not really a professional yet, either
  • Responsibilities and privileges need to be earned in this stage
earn your spot on the team
Earn your spot on the team
  • If you expect paid vacations and a company car your first year on the job, you will find yourself greatly disappointed
  • You need to show your hard work and dedication to the company before these types of privileges can be earned
tips to help earn responsibility the first year on the job
Tips to help Earn responsibility the first year on the job
  • Always come to work on time
  • Never call out
  • Accept the fact that you may not know everything
  • Avoid gossip
  • Do not criticize others’ work
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Tips to help Earn responsibility the first year on the job
  • Build strong relationships with co-workers and your boss
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • Learn to follow rather than lead
entering the new work environment
Entering the New Work Environment
  • Starting a new job requires learning a new set of rules
  • Learning these rules will be crucial to your survival in your new career
  • Pay attention to and learn the way things are done in order to earn your respect
never underestimate the power of the first impression
Never Underestimate the power of the first impression
  • “The first impression you make is the last impression you make”
  • The smallest mistakes in your first year can hurt your future success with the company
  • So smile, be polite, show enthusiasm and a readiness to learn, and work hard to show you will earn your spot
learn the culture and norms of your new job
Learn the Culture and norms of your new job
  • Every company has a unique environment, or “culture,” with different rules and norms about appropriate behavior
what does culture refer to
What does “Culture” refer to?
  • Pay attention to how co-workers interact on a daily basis
  • How do they speak to each other?
  • Do they call each other by first names or last names?
  • How do they dress for work?
embrace the new culture
Embrace the New Culture
  • Embracing the new culture will increase your chances for success
  • Learn “the way things are done around here”
  • You want to “fit in” and avoid making any mistakes that might harm your future with the company
accept being the new kid on the block
Accept being the “new kid on the block”
  • Don’t try to be a “know-it-all”
  • Instead of trying to show everyone how much you know, be willing to accept what you don’t know, and show a desire to learn
have realistic expectations
Have Realistic Expectations
  • Be “level-headed”
  • Keep your expectations realistic and do not get frustrated when things do not go as you planned
  • The work world is much different from college
respect your new boss
Respect your New Boss
  • Your new boss is the “head-honcho”
  • Everything you do reflects on your supervisor
  • Make sure all the work you complete supports your boss
  • Learn what your supervisor expects from youand deliver it
work environment versus college
Work environment versus College
  • In college, except forthe occasional group project, you complete your work independently
  • You are the one whohas to study, you complete the assignments, and you study for exams
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Work environment versus College
  • On the job, teamwork is essential
  • You are no longer working alone
  • It is much more of a team effort, and you will need to be able to rely on co-workers, who in turn will rely on you
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Work environment versus College
  • In college, if you miss a deadline, only you suffer the consequences
  • Missing a deadline at work can affect your colleagues and your supervisor
  • At work, you are required to meet deadlines and do exactly the work asked of you, with no exceptions
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Work environment versus College
  • In college, average work is acceptable
  • You are allowed to get “C’s”
  • On the job, you can only turn-in “A” level work, which has been completed according to the standards set by your boss NO EXCEPTIONS
success in the future
Success in the future
  • Following these tips will have you on your way to earning respect in your field!