There is a vast difference between the two contrasting worlds of college classroom and a corporate workplace. Transitioning from one to another can prove to be quite a challenging task for most students. It also happens to be the very phase where most students go wrong, they are unable to understand the change in the scenario and the difference in the rules of the two worlds. Where in college you were concerned only with your academics and maintaining your GPA which comprised of theoretical knowledge on a broad basis. Things in the corporate world work on a completely different equation altogether. Being well-versed in some concept or theory doesn't mean that you can carry that work out with utmost perfection.
To understand this difference better and to perform more effectively in your new workplace we have complied below a list of the major changes you'll experience in your transition from college to corporate life. Following through with them will help you ease your transition between these two phases of your life.
Managing Boss's Expectations
When you join any organization as a fresh out of college graduate, there is a lot of excitement bubbling within you. You are eager to prove yourself and showcase your talents to your manager. But in this over excitement you end up messing things. For example, consider a situation when a new project comes in and your boss hands it over to you and enquires how much time would it take. In your excitement and your eagerness to impress him you say '2 days at the max' but end up delivering it in 3 days. Whereas, the person in the next cubicle asks for 5 days but ends up delivering it in 4 days. Now who do you think would earn the boss's praise. Certainly the person in the next cubicle. Simply, because they played it smart and didn't rush things over. Now even if you work day and night and complete the project before him still it would be him who would lift the best employee trophy at the end.
Work Life Balance
Life in college and a corporate work place are very different from one another. Where in college you were a lot more carefree and a master of your own will, things in a corporate life are quite the opposite. College life was a lot more fun but once you enter a corporate life things change drastically. If you thought the nerds in your college were competitive than your fellow colleagues in office would prove to be a nightmare. Once you enter the corporate life your work becomes the first priority at least during the initial few years. There is lesser amount of free time for leisure activities and hobbies. Which is not a healthy thing at all. Letting your personal life take a backseat and giving full preference to work would lead to a unhealthy work life balance. Something that would prove to be quite harmful in the times to come. It is essential to have a healthy work life balance and to ensure that you devote enough time to both.
Soft skills are a must to survive in the corporate life. To be able to communicate with your fellow colleagues and convey your message without coming out as rude is quite essential. Also, the kind of relationship that you form with your fellow colleagues depends a lot on the kind of attitude that you present in front of other people. If you come forth as a fun and approachable person you are more likely to make friends than if you come forth as a bossy or argumentative person. A lot of workplaces also have certain rules and policies regarding acceptable employee interactions. There are a certain things you must always keep in mind and follow them while there are certain things you must refrain from. Like always follow in the policies of office discipline. Respect the members of your team and work in a collective manner, in case of any disputes solve the matter by peaceful discussions or by involving a senior if the issues is very volatile. Manage your time and deliver work on or before the deadlines.
Be Prepared for the worst
As a fresh out of college graduate you need to be prepared not just for the immense changes that would come in your life along with the start of a professional life but also for the worst that could happen. A lot of times students get offers from 2-3 different companies and in their excitement they join the most well known name in the industry. They have big dreams and expectations while starting work one of the most prestigious names in the industry. But after over 2-3 months they find themselves at the loss of initial level of excitement, the level with which they had joined the organization. One of the major reason for it is that you are bogged down with the workload and things don't seem as much fun as you thought they would. Yet many others fail to realize where is it that their heart truly lies. Such challenges should not discourage you but you should take them as stepping stones in the learning curve of success in your professional life.
The shift from college life to professional life can prove to be quite difficult but how hard it actually pans out to be is entirely in your hands. If you do your homework and enter the transition phase well prepared and informed about the challenges awaiting you, it is quite possible that you can ease your way into it.
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