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Transitioning from School to the Working World

When you are a student there’s this natural notion that; you are going to be there forever, forgetting the real world is waiting for you. It can be challenging to transition from University student to working professional for recent graduates. Trading in the days of thesis papers, library study sessions and campus parties for a full-time office job is a big change, and students who haven’t worked in this type of environment before may not be fully prepared for the shift.

Especially for the millennial generation, it’s not easy to get a job in today’s economy. Facing the real world needs some kind of mindset, that’s why I have some survival tops for you.

Working eight or more hours each day takes some getting used to. Don’t expect to be able to go out with friends several nights during the week, or stay up until midnight (or later) every night like you did in college. Early on, create healthy work habits that contribute to career success. Eat well, get enough sleep and maximize your free time to keep a work-life balance.

Get active on LinkedIn, if you aren’t already, and cultivate your professional network through the platform, I tell students always. Add relevant work experience and ask others to endorse your skills and write a recommendation on your profile. Remove pictures from college parties from your public profiles, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Make your profile picture(s) a standard headshot – a professionally done one is preferred but not required.

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For most new professionals who are used to living on a college student budget, seeing that huge amount on their first salaried paycheck seems like an invitation to do all the things they couldn’t afford in school: rent a nice apartment, take expensive trips, purchase designer clothes, etc. Loch noted that it’s important to create a budget to figure out how much disposable income you’ll really have each month after all the bills are paid. If you’re paying off student loan debt, be careful when taking on new debt to finance a large purchase.

If you want to move to a specific place, I Ansong, recommended subscribing to that business publication and reading the business section of the local newspaper. You’ll not only learn about the business climate, but which companies are growing, expanding and making a difference in the surrounding community.

5. People and place to Hangout is very important.

I recommend hanging out at corporate environments and connect with people of the same or higher levels in the job industries. business lounges, coffee shops and corporate hangout groups. Attend free workshops and conference in order to connect with other prospective individuals. Volunteer to assist  build companies, and through your assistance you will be improving your CV’s.

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You won’t last long in a job or company that conflicts with your morals and values, or a job that doesn’t motivate you. Make sure you consider your own personality traits before accepting a new job, I said. From there, continuously evaluate how your job, company, and career fit with your beliefs and motivators.

Learn how companies use recruiters as a hiring model, from what I read; You’ll realize how important it is to reach out to recruiters before you graduate rather than after. Then send out letters of introduction, either by email or on LinkedIn, to recruiters about your professional background expressing interest in connecting. Likewise, if you’re looking to move to a specific location, you can reach out to recruiters in that prospective area. You never know; they may have a job opening where you’re the perfect fit.

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Spending your entire career with one company is now the exception rather than the rule, so don’t fall in love with your first job or company. You may suddenly find yourself wanting to move on, or your company may hit hard times and face layoffs. I advised new grads to always be thinking about their next move, even if they enjoy their current position.

I believe these survival tips will help you survive the real working world? Kindly leave your questions, comments and suggestions.


Anthony Ansong

Ceo - Ansong Holdings LLC Co-Founder & Editor Light Magazine Africa Author of Children Book Entrepreneur

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