The Transition from College to Corporate America
The transition from college to corporate America can be a daunting yet exciting experience. Coming out of college you are ready to take on the world and start your career. Now that I have a year under the belt, I have two tips I wished I would have known coming out of college.
1. During the course of the year, especially busy season, you will be juggling multiple projects and it is easy to forget assignments. I used to try to keep everything in my head; however I learned quickly that I was forgetting minor task that seem trivial but are important such as inputting expenses. Having a daily planner or a to-do list helps you keep track of these task. Additionally, the daily planner or to-do list help you identify pressing assignments and break large task in to small manageable task.
2. Second thing I learned was the importance of liking the team you work with. As a part of the job you will be required to travel and stay with your team for a span of couple days. You will be eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner together so it is really important you like the environment and team you works. As a result it is equally important to be a good team player. One of the first things I realized was the importance of helping others out when you have time. This keeps you busy and also takes some of the stress away from the person you’re helping which ensure efficiency in the completion of the engagement.
In conclusion, having good organizational skills along with being a team player will help you kick start your career and help you in your personal life. If you don’t believe me check out Number 1 and 4 on this article from Forbes listing some of the critical skills employers most want from graduates.