COLLEGE TO WORKPLACE
college you enter into a more important stage of your
life and that is CAREER. Making the transition from
college to work is by no means easy. It is an entirely
different life style and one has to put in ones utmost
to be successful and achieve best results. You have
to take crucial and important decisions in office. The
days of hanging out with friends and wearing blue jeans
suddenly will change to business suits. You life has
to be more disciplined as your responsibilities increase
and you cannot afford to take things casually. Here
you can not keep shifting the work on your shoulders
on to others or ask your friends like you used to do
in college to complete your journal or work book. You
are responsible for your assignment and thus you have
to be sincere and hard working. When you start working,
you have to be ready for change, in your life as well
as your way of living.
The first thing a person has to be ready for is responsibility.
You will most probably be assigned a project when you
begin working. And it's very important to understand
it clearly. You must always understand what exactly
is the sphere of your work and who are the persons involved
in the project and how much is expected of you. Though
duties keep changing and increasing, it always helps
to have an idea of which spheres of work you will be
accountable for so that later on there is no misunderstanding.
You cannot afford to waste time and will probably have
to complete your project within a certain time frame.
Though there will be no one constantly pushing you but
you will have to produce results all the same. Remember,
performance is the most important factor on the basis
of which you will be judged in office.
Learning to work in and with a team is another important
aspect of working. This is very different to the team
in college. Here at work though you are a team but each
person will have his separate share of work and you
have to be efficient so as to complete your share. At
the same time you have to make sure you are not lagging
behind so that the project assigned to you does not
get delayed because of you. Thus adjustment and cooperation
are imperative in a working environment. Each one has
a specific role but everyone is working towards the
larger goal of the organization.
Another important thing that you have to remember is
that you should come into the workplace with an open
mind, ready to learn and absorb. Learning and observing
is an important characteristic of success. One cannot
know everything and he has to learn either through observing
or through experience. Don't expect that you are perfect
in everything. Initially you might make mistakes but
when you learn through your mistakes you will be perfect.
There is always something one can learn from co-workers,
especially those with more experience. Learning from
someone should never be a problem and you should never
be ashamed to ask. Remember your colleagues will always
help you out if you don't know something but if you
pose to know it and then you fail or make mistakes you
will not be excused.
Time is money - Always remember this. Meeting deadlines
is essential. There are no will-do-it-tomorrow or postponements.
One has to complete whatever is assigned to one within
the scheduled time.
A major change that will be moving into your professional
life will be in respect of your behavior. You have to
learn to manage professional relationships effectively
and, as most professionals point out, diplomacy is a
must in the workplace. Maintaining healthy relations
with co-workers is vital not only for your career but
also for your progress.
Though the workplace is a drastically different environment
from college, the change that comes with it is an essential
part of growing up. It will shape up your career making
you a more responsible person. It will give you a confidence
which will help you go ahead in your life achieving
success and only success with each step you take.