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Transitioning from College to the Working World

Cameron Saragosa

Making transitions can be challenging. Just when you think you’ve settled into a nice routine with your education or career, here comes a new opportunity and the barriers that come with it. One of the most difficult transitions in life is going from college to the working world. In this blog, we’ll talk about how to maximize your potential from one of the tougher and more nerve-wracking moves.

Gain Experience

In college, you’re there to get educated. You’re there to gain knowledge of different career paths, even when you haven’t fully experienced what that career looks like yet. As a college student myself, I’m gaining more knowledge each and every day about how to be prepared for the workforce. However, the biggest way to kickstart that readiness is through experience. Whether you’re in college or a recent graduate, it’s critical to gain some experience in the field you’re trying to pursue. This can occur through co-ops, internships, part or full-time opportunities. Experience will help ease the transition, as you’ll learn, develop, and understand how your potential job will operate. Gaining experience will also help you feel less stressed and more comfortable in your pursuit of that next job. The change from college to the working world starts with the change from understanding concepts, to applying them in real-world situations.

Confidence Is Key

As you enter the workforce, it’s important to be confident. Everyone has something to be confident about entering a potential job. For college graduates, they have plenty of educational knowledge on the career they’re choosing. They know the concepts and principles of how their field of study operates. They can be confident about that knowledge, and use it to their advantage when solving real world problems. Current college students are looking for opportunity capitalization. They might still be learning about their field of study, but they’re also using their learning opportunities to create bigger goals for themselves to accomplish in the future. That’s something to be confident about as well!

Start Early

As a college student, I have always been told to look for experience as soon as possible. I was able to land an internship here at Barton before graduation, and it has helped me learn more about how the corporate world operates, before I’m consistently there. The earlier that you can start gaining these opportunities, the easier the transition will be when the time comes. It’s never too early to start looking for these opportunities, and the more you go for, the more experience you’ll have!

If you’re looking to transition to the working world now, try out bartoncareers.com! We have internships and entry-level jobs in all of our nationwide locations!

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