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6 Tips to Help You Transition From Your Student to Professional Life

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After 12 or more years of school, it’s finally time to put everything you learned to good use. Landing the job is one thing, but adjusting to your new role as a professional might take some getting used to. Gone are the days you can sleep in till noon or stay up all night to finish your assignment. The days ahead will be more structured and productive; here are 5 tips on how to help you through this transition.

1. Be a sponge

Many of us are still young when we graduate college and enter the working world. This means you are still growing and learning every day, even if you might not realize it. In your new environment, it is important to pay attention to everything going on around you, even if it might not particularly pertain to your job position.

2. Communicate

In college, you were probably used to handing in assignments with limited conversations with your professors. In your new role, communication with your co-workers and boss takes on a whole different meaning. It is important to ask questions if you are unsure about your new assignment or warn your boss if you have a doctor’s appointment next week. Staying on the same page as your fellow employers makes everyone’s day run smoother.

3. Networking

Even if you landed your dream job right out of college, you can never make too many connections. As you work in your new position, make sure to introduce yourself to as many of your co-workers as possible. Learning about what they do everyday can help broaden your understanding of the company you work for and open your eyes to future opportunities.

4. Be on time

Whether you are just catching up with your co-worker, or you have a meeting with your boss about an upcoming project, you should always be on time. In college you might have gotten used to sneaking into lecture a few minutes late, but now arriving on time means you are actually a few minutes early. Punctuality shows you are taking your job seriously, which I should mention, you should be.

5. Make time for yourself

Just because you started your full-time job, doesn’t mean your free time from college completely disappears. In most entry-level jobs, you won’t have homework hanging over your head at night or over the weekend. Taking this time to hang out with friends or catch up on your TV shows will help you feel refreshed when you return to work the next day.

6. Take care of your money

One of the best parts about the transition from being a student to being a professional is the new paycheck you’ll start to receive. Your hard work is starting to pay off, literally, and you are finally being rewarded with money instead of grades. Learning how to handle this influx of money is important, our personal financial management tools are perfect to help you understand your new budget. Make sure to sign up for a Rewards Checking account so you have a valuable place to hold your money. This way you are also getting 1.5% cash back each month on purchases involving health, entertainment, social good and food, and 1.00% cash back on all other purchases.

About the author

Eileen Flynn

As the Social Media and Public Relations Coordinator at Radius Bank, Eileen has grown up with the online and mobile banking industry. Eileen writes for other generation Zers and recent college graduates who are balancing both saving and spending and explains how online and mobile banking is there to help.