Making the Transition from School to Full-Time Job

The transition from full-time student to full-time employee can be tricky. While many professors at your school or academy can help you prepare for your career, there’s still a lot you can do on your own. Most schools provide resources for students who are about to graduate, and it’s in your best interest to use those resources.

So whether you’re about to graduate and begin the transition, currently searching for work or just landed your first job, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1. Use your school or academy’s career service departments

There are people at your school whose job it is to help you through this transition. Talk to them. Utilize their resources and contacts in your preferred career field. For example, if you attended a medical academy, chances are your school will have useful connections to help you find a job. Even if you’ve already graduated, these services are most likely available to alumni as well.

2. Create a schedule

As a full-time employee, you are now on a “regular” schedule. During school, your schedule can be a bit erratic — with late nights, early mornings and weekend activities. This typically doesn’t mesh well with the real world. Use your time management skills that you learned during school to create one ultimate schedule that will help you be productive and normalize your sleeping patterns.

3. Create a budget

Now more than ever, it’s important to develop good spending habits. All you need is a paper and pencil, but you can also use Excel or one of the hundreds of budgeting apps to create a budget based on your income and spending habits. It’s also a good idea to start saving your own money for retirement now, because of the power of compounding interest over time.

4. Connect with co-workers

Once you’ve found a job, the ultimate way to adapt to the “real world” is to make friends with your co-workers. Everyone there has gone through the same transition period and will have useful advice on how to adapt to the company culture. Your new friends and co-workers can help you form healthy habits that will make you a valuable employee.

These tips should help through the transition from school to full-time work. It might be uncomfortable at first, but don’t worry; soon you’ll be so used to working full-time that it won’t even faze you.

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