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Unlike college, you won't have as much holiday time, and you
won't be able to get away with calling in sick or coming in late
because you had a "late night"
The move from study to the workplace can be a big leap. Suddenly
you're responsible more than just handing in your coursework on time.
It's a big shift to go from being a student to an employee, so take
the time to read these tips on how to make the switch as smooth as possible.
1. Office etiquette
Always ask about the dress code before you start a new job and if in
doubt, always dress smartly. Take your cues about things like
clothing, lunch hours and working relationships from those around you.
2. Facebook antics
When you were a student, it might have been funny to post photographs
of yourself drunk or half-naked at a party, but now that you're
working that's a big no-no. Most prospective employees will do a quick
Google search of your name. And once you're employed, any statements
you make on a social networking site or photos you publish could lead
to dismissal, so take care on social media.
You might not have exams to pass or assignments to hand in at work,
but you're going to have to sit through a performance review where
you'll be evaluated by your manager. When you start a job, it will
likely be on a trial period, so putting in the effort is essential.
And whether working in an office setting or outdoor workplace,
teamwork skills are vital.
Unlike college, you won't have as much holiday time, and you won't be
able to get away with calling in sick or coming in late because you
had a "late night"! Remember that your performance review
(which usually connects to your salary) will take into account
punctuality as well as number of days sick.
5. Be professional
Always be courteous and respectful of colleagues and clients. A
professional attitude is a must. Though you have lots to offer in the
way of skills and experience, remember that you're the new person, so
listen and learn!
Moving from the classroom to the office isn't always simple. But by
preparing well and applying yourself, you can make the process as
smooth as possible. If you need help managing the transition, contact
the student services department at your campus.