College and Work: A Twin-Like Atmosphere?
College and workplace environments – when it comes to professional work behavior, are they the same or different?
A universal principle that everyone generally knows, but does not necessarily always follow is that there is a fundamental difference between how one behaves in college and how one performs at work.
Transitioning between the two often raises anxiety levels and, in many cases, can also be very overwhelming as well.
Moving from a fluid, social campus environment to a more corporate driven workplace is challenging for most, new college graduates.
Some Pearls of Experience…
Adding the following tips and strategies to your professional development repertoire can facilitate a smooth transition to either venue:
- Learn the Rules of the Game, be it at school (Student Handbook) or in the workplace (Employee Handbook).
- Recognize the difference between school and work behaviors and act accordingly.
- Actions do have consequences – good, bad, and mediocre – decide wisely.
- It only takes 60 seconds to make a long lasting first impression.
- “Always dress for the job you want, not for the job you have.”
- Limit your expectations; be selective in building your personal, academic, and professional networks.
- Communicate with your confidants, advisers, and trusted colleagues; listen, question, and learn from their experiences.
In accomplishing any of the above, always, always become an “informed” decision maker first!
An Academic Pearl of Wisdom
Whenever a college student faces an academic and/or social challenge, they often ask a peer or a friend first for advice. And that’s okay.
However, resolving the issue to your best advantage often requires consulting with an academic advising professional as well.
Your academic adviser knows the campus academically, administratively, and socially.
And what they don’t know, they can point you to the person who does know. Include this strategy in your current plan for college success.
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