Hello lovelies! Today I am back with my FIRST blog post of 2018! I am so excited to be back and share some more updates from my life as well as the 5 lessons I’ve learned (so far!) in my first week in the post-college graduation career world. As you may know, this past week I started my first official full-time job in PR and Social Media at a full-scope marketing agency in Madison. It’s been going well so far, and I’ve excited to officially dive in some more and tackle a few awesome projects head-on! Read on for more details as I cover the 5 lessons I’ve already taken away from the real world!
Lesson 1: Finding a balance in life is key
One thing that I learned right off the bat is that, quite simply, you don’t have very much free time anymore. You get up, get ready, and head to work for 8 hours, and then when you get home you basically eat dinner and then only have a few hours left in the night before you need to go asleep to do it all over again the next time. With less time, it means that finding balance becomes even more important. You need to find a way to do the things you need/want to do, by prioritizing and never allowing yourself to be overwhelmed.
Lesson 2: Having a job you love is the most important thing ever
Spending so much time at work each week, it is absolutely CRUCIAL (for your own mental/emotional health) that you truly enjoy the work you do. Having a job that you hate and having to force yourself to work your way through it will eventually wear you down, and it’s not healthy. Luckily, I am blessed to work in the field that I want to be in, which makes my job MUCH better to handle. If you aren’t happy with your career, then do what you need to to change it – for your own sake!
Lesson 3: You need people you can talk to
Through this huge transition in your life, it’s very important that you have people you trust and can talk to about any fears, doubts, worries, successes, failures, etc. At times, the post-college world can be a lot to swallow – so having someone who you can open up to will make the whole experience a lot better.
Lesson 4: Do whatever you can to learn and grow
Just because school is officially over, it doesn’t mean there aren’t still things left to learn. Throughout life and your career, you should be doing whatever you can to learn and grow both professionally and personally. Your coworkers, bosses, friends, and professional network all have different knowledge, skills, and experiences that you might not share. Tapping into the knowledge will only help you as you continue to climb your career ladder.
Lesson 5: Make goals for yourself
One thing I’ll be doing in my current job is setting goals for myself of what I want to accomplish professionally in the next few weeks. As I’ve said before, goals are really important in self-improvement and growth, and taking a little bit of time to think about what you hope to accomplish professionally in the next year, five years, ten years, etc, will really help you stay focused on what you want to achieve. After you have your goals, don’t forget about them – every career decision you make from here on out should be doing something to support your goals and ultimately help you reach your objective.
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