Have you landed your first full-time job? Well, first of all, CONGRATS for this huge accomplishment! It’s a big deal to find a “real” job as a new graduate, and I bet that you are extremely excited and thrilled about your first job. You should be, after all, this is one step towards achieving all your dreams and goals.
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But apart from being enthusiastic, you also feel lost and anxious like you have no idea what to expect from the professional world. Well, if you want to keep your excitement, shine and grow in your first job you need to consider the following things upon starting your first job.
It’s an Abrupt Learning Curve
Getting an “A” at your job is not like high school- you won’t get it just by writing a good assignment or earning the approval of your boss. You won’t have any teachers (no, your boss is not a teacher) you have to do all the work by yourself if you want to build your career. You will have to learn how to perform new tasks but also learn how to communicate well with others in the office. Yes, you guessed that right; this will be one hell of a learning curve, sheer and sudden.
It usually takes, at least, three months to get the knack of a new job and over a year to get the new rules of this game called work. If you know about this before you start your job, you will be more prepared to adjust to this process and be cautious about people you can trust or how to get ahead.
You Will Be Exhausted
If you are going to be working full-time, your workday could be anywhere from 8 to even 20 hours, depending on your job. It doesn’t matter if you are running around all day or sitting at a desk, you will most likely feel exhausted- you are used to having more and longer breaks before landing this job. The all-nighters you pulled in school are very different from your workday; you don’t have the luxury of sleeping until noon the next day to catch up on sleep.
Your daily working schedule will be so much different than your college one. In college, you used to have classes or extracurricular activities all arranged in small blocks of time throughout your day. Your workday, however, might keep you busy from 7 in the morning until 7 at night, this way it will be very difficult for you to catch up on errands, take a nap, go to the gym or even do something special for you. Now, you will only have just a couple of hours in the evenings and weekends to do everything else; run errands, catch up on sleep, or enjoy yourself with friends or family. Just make sure to plan a nice routine for sleeping, eating, exercising or even stress management so you can handle this new strict schedule.
Don’t Take Things Personally
Before working a full-time job, you usually used to hang out with friends, family or people who loved you and cared enough to be with you. However, in this work environment, people don’t love you- they get paid to develop your skills and help you grow in your career. I am not saying that everyone is mean, and no one cares about you, it’s just that their job (or yours) is not to care about you but instead they are working to create, run, or sell a product to eventually earn money for the company. So, there may be times that they hurt your feelings- but bear in mind that this is not intentional, it’s just that their priority is to reach their job goals and achieve all their requirements.
Unlike high school, where you had your monthly allowance (parents or student loans) or even a meal plan, the real world doesn’t work like that. Work, on its own, is very expensive. For example, you have to buy new clothes- 20 days a month, 4 seasons a year, new work shoes, everyday meals (packed lunch or eating out) and so on. Not to mention your living expenses - apartment, leisure, travel, happy hour after work etc. Yes, you will be getting a paycheck (finally), but your first expenses will most definitely be greater than your income.
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