Adulting,  inspiration,  lifestyle

Adulting 101: from college to work

EN:

Hello, lovelies! I decided to start a new series involving all the headache that is adulting. So…. this is the part where I start giving advice to you, because I’m such an expert on life. I know I’m not, and I’m not going to be full of crap: I know I can only talk about things I know and from experience, so this is exactly what I’m going to do in this series.

 

 

We’ve all been there: college ended, or is about to end, and you are left wondering what should you do with your life. Apart from those who already have a set path ahead of them (you lucky bastards, you don’t even realize how lucky you are), most of us start feeling lost or uncertain.

We might feel insecure, we might realize that we are not prepared to take on a full time job, and we might even start thinking that we don’t have the necessary skills for the job.

There is one little thing that makes a world of a difference, though: confidence. Every single person started where you are right now: zero experience. Skills can and will be learned, while being prepared only comes with time, so the best thing to do is stop overthinking and click “Apply” on that job you read about but were too scared to go for.

Yes, things might not work out, and you might end up not being called for that job, but this way you won’t ever regret not applying.

You can start small: consider applying to a summer job, or a part time job, while you are still in college. By doing this, you will gain a little experience before graduating, so when college ends, you will already have some experience in the work field.

I started working while I was in my first year of college, not because I was a wise elder, who realized that the more work experience, the better, but because I had no other way of paying for my tuition. This turned to be a miracle in disguise, but I only realized that in my third year.

Transitioning from college to work can be weird, especially if you’re more of a wild soul, and cannot be tempered. Working in an office can be difficult (I’m not saying you have to work in an office, it’s just an example – the important thing is that, at  the end of the day, you shouldn’t absolutely hate your job; if you actually love it, then you’re definitely on the right path). You may or may not like your colleagues, you may or may not like the equipment you are given to work with, you may or may not like your actual desk, and the list can go on for  days.

There are so many variables in an office, and their number only increases if there are more colleagues. “Many people” + “a closed space” doesn’t always “equal love”, sadly… BUT, if I can give you a piece of advice, it is this:

You cannot always control what will happen to you, but you will always be able to control how you react to it.

Also, when choosing a new job, you have to take into account the actual work, and let me tell you right from the very beginning: working in customer service or working as a retailer will be the end of your neuronal synapses. Unless you are this magical (and mythical), talented by nature, gifted commercial worker (in which case congratulations are in order, I guess, because not everyone can remain sane while working that kind of job), then proceed with caution.

 

Given the fact that this is only the starting point of this series, I’m not going to overcrowd you with too much information from too many categories. Everything will have its own dedicated post: how to build a resume, how to prepare for an interview, how to ace an interview, and things to remember on your first day of work (spoiler alert: it’s like the first day of school, only this time you get paid to be there).

 

Let me know if you want me to cover a certain topic, in the comment section below, or on Instagram, on one of my posts (I promise I’ll read all comments).


 

RO:

Salutare, dragilor si dragelor! Am decis sa incep o noua serie, concentrata in jurul durerii de cap pe care o reprezinta viata de “proaspat adult”. Asa ca… asta e partea aia in care dau sfaturi pentru ca eu sunt aceasta mare experta in viata. Glumesc, bineinteles. Stiu ca nu sunt experta, nici nu pretind a fi, dar in schimb pot vorbi despre domeniile in care chiar am avut ceva experienta, asa ca asta voi face in aceasta serie.

 

 

Am fost cu totii in situatia asta: facultatea e pe terminate, iar tu esti in postura in care te intrebi ce vrei sa faci cu viata ta (in mare parte pentru ca te intreaba altii, si nu stii ce sa le raspunzi). Spre deosebire de cei care deja au cararea batatorita in fata lor (norocosilor, habar nu aveti ce bine e de voi), majoritatea dintre noi pot incepe sa se simta pierduti.

Am putea sa ne simitim nesiguri, am putea realiza ca nu suntem pregatiti sa ne inhamam la un job full-time, si chiar am putea sa ajungem sa credem ca nu avem ceea ce ne trebuie pentru un job.

Exista, insa, un lucru care face diferenta : increderea. Fiecare om de pe lumea asta a inceput exact ca tine : zero experienta. Abilitatile se invata, pe cand pregatirea vine cu timpul, asa ca cel mai bun lucru pe care il poti face pentru tine, acum, este sa nu iti mai faci scenarii si sa dai click pe « aplica » la jobul ala care iti face cu ochiul, dar la care ti-era prea frica sa aplici.

Da, este adevarat, s-ar putea nici sa nu fii sunat pentru postul respectiv, dar asa vei stii sigur ca nu vei regreta niciodata ca nu ai aplicat.

Poti incepe cu pasi mici : ia in considerare posibilitatea sa aplici la un job de vara, sau un job part time, cat inca esti in facultate (da, stiu, s-ar putea sa fie nevoie sa sacrifici cateva zile de party, dar trebuie sa te gandesti si la viitor). Facand asta, vei acumula putina experienta inainte de absolvire, iar cand se va termina facultatea, deja vei avea ceva experienta in campul muncii.

Eu, de exemplu, am inceput sa muncesc cu cateva luni inainte de a incepe primul an de facultate, dar nu pentru ca as fi fost lovita de o intelepciune absoluta, ci pentru ca nu aveam alta modalitate de a-mi plati taxele facultatii. Asta s-a dovedit o binecuvantare, dar am realizat asta abia prin anul III.

Tranzitia de la facultate la locul de munca poate fi cel putin ciudata, mai ales daca esti un spirit liber care nu poate fi temperat. Lucrul intr-un birou poate fi dificil (nu spun ca este absolut necesar sa lucrezi intr-un birou, e doar un exemplu – important este ca, la sfarsitul zilei, nu ar trebui sa ramai cu sentimentul ca iti urasti jobul ; cu atat mai mult, daca iubesti ceea ce faci, atunci sigur esti pe calea cea buna !). S-ar putea sa iti placa sau nu colegii de birou, s-ar putea sa iti placa sau nu echipamentul cu care iti este dat sa lucrezi, s-ar putea sa iti placa sau nu efectiv biroul la care stai, iar lista poate continua la nesfarsit.

Sunt foarte multe variabile intr-un spatiu de birouri, iar numarul lor poate doar sa creasca odata cu numarul de persoane care stau in spatiul respectiv. “Multi oameni” + “un birou inchis” nu inseamna tot timpul “=love”, din pacate…. DAR, daca iti pot da un sfat, acela ar fi :

 

Nu poti controla mereu ceea ce ti se intampla, dar intotdeauna vei putea alege cum vei reactiona tu la acel eveniment.

 

De asemenea, mai trebuie sa tii cont si de munca pe care o vei face, atunci cand iti alegi un nou job, si permite-mi sa iti spun ca munca in relatii cu clientii va fi moartea sinapselor tale neuronale. Cu exceptia cazului, bineinteles, in care esti aceasta creatura magica (si mitica) si talentata prin natura (caz in care, felicitari, pentru ca nu multa lume poate rezista lucrand in acest domeniu).

 

Dat fiind faptul ca acest articol este doar inceputul unei serii, nu am de gand sa te aglomerez cu prea multa informatie, pentru ca amandoi/amandoua stim ca va intra pe o ureche si va zbura pe amandoua. Totul va avea sectiunea sa proprie, dedicata : cum sa iti creezi un CV, cum sa te pregatesti pentru un interviu, cum sa te descurci la un interviu, si lucruri bine de stiut in prima zi de munca (spoiler alert : e cam ca prima zi de scoala, doar ca de data asta vei fi platit sa fii acolo).

 

Lasa-mi un comentariu, aici sau pe Instagram, daca vrei sa dezvolt despre un subiect anume (promit ca citesc toate comentariile)

 

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