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Working in the "Real," Real World
If you’re one of the lucky few who already has a job lined up after college graduation, then good for you! You’ve managed to navigate the tough job market and are well on your way to starting your career.
However, you still have to deal with the harsh realities of being dropped feet first into the cold, cold working world. Working a job and going to school are two very different things and you’ll have to make some adjustments quick. The Wall Street Journal put together a few things you should keep in mind when you’re starting a new job after graduation:
- Understand that your school achievements don’t really matter anymore. No one cares if you were the best on your track team or if you have an impossible 4.1 GPA. You’re basically starting over, so be humble.
- Make “work buddies.” Cultivating friendships at your new job is critical to your success. These people will not only show you how to do the job, but will support you when you need help and create a sense of camaraderie.
- Ask for feedback. The only way to grow and get better is if you seek out feedback and criticism. Your company may already have a review process in place, but don’t be afraid to ask if you could be doing something better.
Then of course, there’s the matter of figuring out what company you’ll move to next, but hold on there and take a breath. As long as your job isn’t abusing you or doing anything illegal, give it a fair shot and fight the urge to look elsewhere when things begin to get tough. You’re in the real world now, so your work is just beginning. [Wall Street Journal]