A Smooth Transition from being a Student to a Working Professional
As kids we dream of this life where we are responsible for our own decisions and we get to lead a life without the interference of others. We call this ‘adulting’. It is all candies and rainbows until we have just a few days before we start doing it. It is scary and all we wish for is to go back to a time when adulting was only a faraway dream. It is bizarre how a dream can turn into a dread so soon.
For college seniors, who will start work in just a couple of months, it is pretty normal to feel apprehensive about how things will pan out at the work place. It is not only about the work; it is also about the work environment. There are certain things one has to know when they start working and getting used to them before work even starts is obviously the better bet.
The first thing that starts to take a toll on a new employee is the work hours. College demands a lot of our time but it is extremely different than work. At work, you cannot while away time. You are getting paid for the time that you put in and even if you feel that nobody is watching, people are taking note of what you are doing with your time. Another difference between the two is that at college, only your grades were affected by lax behaviour on your part. At work you are probably a part of a team and the job of every employee is dependent on the job of another. Hence, when you slack off, the work of the entire team gets affected. Hence, taking your own sweet time to complete a task is not justified.
The next hurdle that you are likely to face is that of your attire. It has to be perfect and completely within the norms of what is allowed by the company. Take a look around at what your seniors are wearing. Loud colours, heavy makeup, dishevelled hair are generally not accepted and can have a bad effect on your image. At college it was different, you could do what you wanted and dress the way you want to. at work that may have serious repercussions. Many companies have a casual Friday theme. On this day too, keep a check on what you are wearing. Observe what your seniors are doing and then react.
College and work have one thing in common; that is your ability to handle pressure. You require more stamina than you think at office also. The stamina that I talk about here is mental stamina. The stamina to do something for a long time. There are going to be days when you are going to have to stay back and work for hours past your regular time. Other than that, you also will have to handle the pressure that a job brings with it. There are responsibilities that you have to shoulder and timelines that you have to abide by. Managing time effectively is something that we pick up at college. Employ those techniques at work and you are good to go.
The next and the perhaps the most important thing that we have to take care of is our relationships. In college, we have bonds with friends and appropriate relationships with our teachers and professors. At work it is not so. There are multiple levels of seniority and you have to be a good judge of what kind of relationship that you have to build with all of them. Since you are a newbie, you may not get more than one or two meetings with senior executives of your company and hence it is important to make a good impression on them when you get the chance. Your colleagues may not necessarily be your friends. It is of pertinence to stay astray of office politics and not excessively indulge in something that may not concern you.
In inference, you have to remember that this is not your last job but this is your first one. Enjoy the novelty of it.
Writer at Digipundit
Mrunmayi Gaikwad, soon to be a wielder of the scales of justice, harbors a twin passion for law and for poetry. Writing is more than just a hobby for her – it is a release. Mrunmayi is an avid reader and hopes to have her own personal library someday. Her family and the city of Mumbai are two pillars of her life.