Answered by Kelly, Hiring Expert at The Schwan Food Company, on Thursday, December 4, 2014
Hello - thank you for your question. I would say a few of the most challenging aspects of adjusting to a career is (1) navigating through workplace politics, (2) learning how to effectively work with a variety of employees/managers & (3) falling into a more regular routine.
(1) Navigating through workplace politics requires active listening & observation to understand how best to approach situations in different settings. Pay attention to both verbal and non-verbal cues & take time to reflect before taking action. Keep an open mind and understand office politics exist in every organization, school, etc. Simply be aware of what’s going on around you and act consciously & authentically.
(2) Learning how to effectively work with a variety of employees and managers is a lifelong journey. You will be working with individuals from a variety of different backgrounds, generations, tenure with the company, etc. Again, take the time to listen and consciously observe others paying close attention to preferred communication styles, personality types, etc.. You’re probably not going to jive with everyone so try your best to approach every situation as a learning opportunity and value the unique differences while always remaining respectful.
(3) Falling into a more regular routine can definitely be an adjustment for those just entering a world outside of school. No more extended winter breaks and summers off (unless you’re working in a school). Make sure to get plenty of sleep to ensure you’re on top of your game. Work hard but also take time for yourself. Vacation days exist for a reason so utilize them when you feel you need a bit of a break from the routine of it all.
Best of luck to you as you endeavor into the full-time career world!