SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION FROM COLLEGE TO CORPORATE: TIME FOR A REALITY CHECK
For many seniors, the time that leads to graduation and the start of a first job is often stressful and confusing. You are trying to complete your academic career without too much seniority crisis with regard to job hunting, interview requests and facing the reality of the end of schooling (at least in the foreseeable future).
In all our discussions with colleges and graduates of recent colleges, eight problems occur repeatedly as the keys to a successful transition from life as a student to life as a productive employee. Understanding these problems and being prepared before they emerge should help you make a more fluid transition.
Here are the eight critical issues facing you in the near future:
1. Time-related factors
Some students are very skilled at scheduling their school schedules so that they have only afternoon classes or classes on certain days of the week, and it is these students who have difficulty coping with the daily reality, five days a week, from 6 or 7 in the morning to 6 or 7 in the evening. And it's not like the 8-hour class that you often skipped when you press the Snooze button all too often on your alarm clock; show yourself too late and you will end up unemployed.
Another severe reality related to time is free time and vacation time. In college, you get used to long weekends away from the campus - in addition to the long winter and summer holidays. Most colleges also have mid-semester breaks. Unfortunately, most employers are not generous with a leave. But on the job, you may not have more holidays compared to college.
The final time factor is time management. You may have thought it was difficult to manage various group projects, tests, and other activities while in college, but it will be even harder to manage your time once you work - and your future with your employer depends on how you can manage your time.
2. Professionalism in the Workplace
Everyone knows that a certain number of universities is a rite of passage, a time to try different things, to be a little crazy or irresponsible. In college, not being professionalized can result in a bad grade or a lecture by a teacher or administrator; in the workplace, acting unprofessionally can make you struggle. "Getting a wrong answer means more than just a note," said a graduate of the business school.
Professionalism also deals with reliability and self-starts. "There are some things you simply need to discover or do with your own experience. This is called personal responsibility," said a business school graduate. "A graduate will never have all the answers, and rightly so." You should always be zealous to seek out new knowledge and learn from your mistakes, which creates uniqueness and personal character. "
To be successful, you must be considered a member of the team that can be used to do your job. Delays are essential, much more than in college. While you may have been able to make your teacher give you an extension, you will find in most commercial environments at a high pace, missing deadlines are unacceptable.
3. A job or a real call?
Although it helps to have a solid view of what you want your career to be after graduation, do not panic if your first job after graduation does not fit perfectly with your plan. Many recent college graduates change jobs after their first year; sometimes it takes so long to fully understand who you are and what you really want to do with your life. For others, this understanding may not be even later in life.
Another misconception among seniors and recent graduates is that your principal dictates the types of jobs you can work for. Although there are specialized areas, such as engineering, where you must have a degree in this field, the vast majority of business jobs simply require a college degree. So focus your job search on the types of jobs you feel you are applying for, but on the types of jobs you want and want.
Finally, all statistics show that college graduates today will change careers - not just jobs - many, many times during your working life ... so do not worry if this first job is not the right fit for you but start planning so that you can make the transition to something better on the road. Keep track of your accomplishments and develop an awareness of the transferable skills you develop in your first jobs that you can apply for better jobs on the road.
4. The college did not prepare you for everything
Believe us when we say that one of the most overwhelming questions we've had for recent graduates is that the college did not prepare them for the many challenges they faced as they made this transition from college to career.
Many recent graduates say they were totally unprepared for:
Emphasis on team skills
The importance of dealing with all types of people and personalities
Personal finance issues and budgeting
Living alone - or having to back off with your family
Balancing the demands of work with family/friends / personal life
Job search skills, particularly networks, interviews, and wage bargaining
5. Finding the job probably will not be easy
Perhaps this is because most of the today's university students have reached adulthood in a period of unprecedented prosperity and growth, but this seems to be a difficult reality for many seniors and recent graduates that getting a job offer takes a lot of time and a lot of work - and it's even harder to get the ideal scenario of having multiple job opportunities.
"A job opening can generate hundreds of resumes," said a graduate of the business school. "I saw in past jobs when the resumes came in, basically it was the chance of the draw on who was called. So many people had similar skills, my employer literally went through things like Curriculum Appearance or randomly selected 10 out of 30 Similar, but great, curriculum vitae.
As the most experienced job seekers already know, you have to spend time each day looking for a job. Use all available resources, spot all work tracks and track all tracks and interviews. Generally, the more quality work you put into your job search, the better your results.
Another common misconception of students is the excessive dependence on the Internet and passive job search to find a job. The Internet should really only receive a small portion of your time job search. Instead, most of your efforts should always use traditional networking methods - with family and friends, other students, alumni (especially former alumni), professors, former colleagues, and leaders, etc.
6. Do not be so full of yourself
Having a college degree does not give you a right to a job and it is better to prepare now that most employers will not be impressed by your grades or your education as you are with them.
Concentrate less on why employers should be so impressed by their powers that they should chase you, and even more on how you can use your talent and your initiative to contribute to the employer's profitability. Be confident to tell the employer how you will make a strong contribution.