Professional Development at its BESTApril 30, 2014
Lessons Learned from #PBJLeadMay 2, 2014
In two weeks, it will be one year since I graduated college. One year of officially being a ‘big kid’ and joining the ”big kid world.” I was so excited to graduate and be done with school , that I never really stopped to think how different, and same, that life would really be.
What I wish I knew then:
- There is no such thing as ”free time.” Yes, there are times that I am not working, and get to hang out with friends/family, etc., but there is not this mountain of free time that I foolishly expected.
- You have to make time to see your friends. In college, you would see your friends in class or around campus and then you would spontaneously decide to grab lunch. Now, you have to plan these things, and you don’t really see them that much anymore.
- “Homework” never goes away, either. It may not be your calculus homework (gross), but it will be responding to emails 24/7, planning your next project or attending a networking event, but it truly never goes away. So, learn to love it.
- Group projects and working with others. Whether it be a co-worker, client or crazy roommate, you will need learn to play nice in the sandbox.
- You are still considered a ”kid.” When we get to talking about movies and TV shows in the office, I can always count on Alison saying with a smile, “oh, you don’t get to watch that, you’re too young!” Me? Young? Never!
To all the graduates who will walk across that stage in two weeks and start their new careers, take it in and enjoy every bit of it. And know that every bit of this crazy and stressful rideis completely worth it.
What is one thing you wish you knew before starting your career?