News Jan 18th 2016

Making The Transition From College To A Career (Part 2)

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4. College Has Not Prepared You for Everything

Not by a long shot, in fact, some liberal colleges do the opposite. Some teach you that you have the “right” not to be offended. Others teach you that you should be PC above all else. In the real worlds, these “lessons” simply do not apply. Unless you are in a highly exposed position, such as the only director for a company, or a company president, then it doesn't matter what you say. In addition, other people are going to say awful things, and you have to suck it up because anybody that promises you that life is lavender, that you have the right not to be offended, or that life is smooth and easy, then that person is lying to you.

You may deal with different personalities in college, but they are a select group of people, and even by the narrowest definition, they are still like-minded people. In the real world, you are to find a massive variety of people, and dealing with them is going to be difficult. You are going to have bosses that bully, intimidate, pressure, blackmail and harass you. You are going to experience co-workers that accuse you of heinous things you haven't done. Your clients, customers, colleagues and associates are going to (at some point) say whatever it takes to hurt you, from disparaging your work to claiming they had sex with your mum.

These FACTs are not supposed to scare you away from real life, and you may think you have solutions to all of them, these facts are simply here to illuminate the fact that college and real-life workplaces are viciously different. You may think, “Oh well, if my boss bullies me, then I will quit.” The trouble is that your boss will add things to your record that ensure you are never employed again. Even if it is illegal to give poor references, he or she will, or will refuse to give one at all (which implies it is bad). In addition, getting the same job at another company may be almost impossible.

5. Finding Employment Probably Won't Be Easy

Many people think it is a good idea to start at the bottom, but that is a terrible idea. You can spend ten years on the bottom rung, and people in the company will always see you as that person from the bottom rung. Starting at the bottom gets you a reputation that is tough to shake off, and yet getting a job at a higher level is especially difficult since you have no real-world experience.

One of the most de-motivating things about graduating is the fact that a job is hard to find. You have to be prepared to move somewhere else in the country because there are simply no jobs in your area that will put you on the right path. You often hear about people with degrees working minimum wage jobs. It is not because the job market is terrible, it is because they cannot find a job doing what they are qualified to do. In addition, if you have taken a degree in something such as gender studies, movie analysis, and things of that ilk, you may never get a real career outside of teaching it to other students in a university. There are jobs out there that require those qualifications, but there are so few that your career may never get off the ground.


Worried?…Good! It is better that you get these culture shocks now rather than later when you are stuck in the middle of it. Do not underestimate the culture shock you will receive, especially when it comes to getting a new job. There are many students that find themselves feeling very low and almost depressed because they have built up their expectations and planned their future…and it just isn't happening. Prepare for the best, but be ready for the worst. If you are adaptive and innovative, you will be fine.

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