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From College to Career

Coping With Change

Graduating from college can be both an exciting and stressful time. In fact, studies show that moving to a new city and changing jobs are commonly ranked as two of life's most stress-inducing experiences. 

For the past 4 years, you have been a part of this beautiful campus; you know the landscape well, have many friends close by, and know the best place to grab a late-night snack.  Without question, you can expect that many things will be different once you graduate, including:

Understanding Company Culture

Company culture, in basic terms, refers to what it's like to work for a particular employer.  Though cultures vary from place to place, it is important that you can quickly assess and mesh with the organization which you will be spending much of your waking life with. 

Dress Code

Whether the norm is a 3 piece suit or flip flops, make sure that your wardrobe is in line with expectations.  You will probably be dressing differently from how you are accustomed to at school.  Dress codes exist for a reason, and it's important to abide by them. 

Getting Acclimated to the Workplace

Hopefully your first day in your new job will be a positive experience in a fun, welcoming, supportive environment.  Here are some tips on how to make a smooth transition into your new role.

Keep in mind that organizations vary in how they train and orient new hires.  Some will have very structured training programs in place designed to give you a solid understanding of their history, culture, and expectations, while others may take a much more relaxed, hands-off approach.  In either case, your job right now in this initial period is to get comfortable and acclimated.   

Managing Your Success

Career success is often determined by how well we manage relationships with the people we engage with at work, including: colleagues, supervisors, peers, direct reports, clients, customers, etc. 

Now that you have landed your first job, it's important that you continue to grow and develop as a new professional.  Here are a few suggestions: