Monthly Archives: March 2011
March 15, 2011
Adjusting from college- to working- life can be awkward…Correction: It is awkward. Although our age tells us we are adults, the endless ambiguities remind us that we are still young- When is it appropriate to voice my opinion at work? How many questions can I ask until I’m “that” annoying girl/guy? Is it still acceptable to talk to my mom every day? Wait, how do I fill out this tax form?
As a young person in this transition myself, I have some tips that I have found particularly helpful.
1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Not everyone will be open to your questions, but find someone who is. It’s better to ask before you put in hours of work that takes hours to be “fixed” later.
2. Pack your lunch. Saving money can be hard, and this is the most painless way to save $5-12 a day. Another plus? Small talk with co-workers in the kitchen is a great way to get comfortable with your new job.
3. Volunteer. The benefits are endless- helping a worthy cause, making new friends, and the sheer joy of feeling like you made a difference. In addition, offering your say, PR skills, at an organization will look great on your resume!
4. Eat healthy, exercise, and get your z’s. Simple as that. You will have more energy, avoid dark under eye circles, and those endorphins keep you happy!
5. Make time for down time. While hard work and professional development are important, it’s just as important to relax every once in a while to avoid burnout. Spend time with friends, read a good book, watch some guilty pleasure TV (ahem…any Gleeks out there?).
So, let’s talk about this. Tell me what works for you!