/ Asked by Stephanie
There have been many recent news articles about the coddling of college students. Are you finding employees straight out of college to be coddled and having trouble transitioning into their career? If so, do you think this is more from their college experience or more to do with how they were raised?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Everyone's experience is different!  That is something good to remember in every interaction whether it be in your work or personal life.  Going straight from a scholastic life into a professional life is an adjustment.  In that same line of logic, going from an old job to a new job is an adjustment. 

If you are a student preparing to enter the workforce, do your homework and find out as much as you can about the company's culture and expectations of new employees.  Find out what your work day is, down even to the very basics of hours.  Are you working 8-5?  Is that different from what you're used to?  Do you know what it will look like to work until the job is done? 

College is an environment of learning and discovery.  It is a time for figuring out your interests and what you might want to do with your life.  Once you are in a job, you are going to be asked to utilize skills you have obtained and apply those skills to the work goals of the company that hired you.  Will you learn on the fly?  YES!  Will you need to ask questions?  YES!  So treat it with intellectual curiosity, perseverance and a positive attitude. 

As far as your last question, everyone is a product of all their experiences.  No one thing specifically makes someone great or terrible at a job. 
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Friday, January 29, 2016

As a college recruiter, I have to say that I don’t see college students as needing coddled at all. I see them as ambitions, career centered people. However, what I do see most of, is a gap in expectations. I often see that students coming out of college are most attracted to executive/management level positions; positions that typically require 10 years of experience and an MBA. This is typically because college students these days are so ambitious and driven. The best advice that I can give to you is to take a realistic look at the positions that you are qualified to have with a bachelor’s degree and an internship under your belt. These positions will be analyst/representatives/coordinators. Keep your ambitions high while being grateful for the first entry level job out of college. I wish you all the best!
-Nell
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Friday, February 19, 2016
This may not be the answer you want to hear but everyone’s experiences are different. The differing experiences can play a crucial role in ones perception and experiences of transitioning from the academic world into the business world. Experiences at larger and small colleges range from a more intimate class setting to a large lecture hall and can shape an early career professional desire to be coddled. How millennial were raised may put an impact on the ability to transition into a career; however there are many different types of parenting styles so it may be a case by case basis on a person’s ability to transition.

Every company is different, if you are worried about being coddled too much or too little, I would suggest first understanding what level you would like from your company. Understanding this level will help you understand the size, type, and industry of the companies you want to work for. During interviewers, you can pose questions that will help you gauge the amount of coddling the company does for their early career professionals.

From my own personal experiences, I would say the amount of coddling really depends on how much you are seeking from your peers and manager. If I needed more support, my manager would help me find the support I need to be successful. On the opposite side of the spectrum, if I did not need the support and coddling, my manager would respect that decision, as long as the work produced did not reflect the need for leading and support.
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