There is a lot to adapt to upon going from university life to a working life. Some, I’ve already taken on first hand doing my post-grad honours. The task of being responsible for everything you do is something that can’t be jumped in just like that, but most of us do anyway. I learned that much throughout my honours, now I have to learn something else.
The year that I took my honours, I sacrificed everything that was my social life. I literally went for weeks without verbally talking to people, only stopping to communicate to my lovers, peers and superiors by a reliable internet connection. This time though, being in a real job, surrounded by real people, the rules have changed. What I had to do before to accomplish the best I could no longer applies in this case. Now, I have to play the social game. The one where you have to put on a smile on your face and play nice to people because it’s the socially acceptable thing to do. It’s not something I’m used to doing, especially after so long, but that’s part of working with people and that’s what needs to be done.
I guess time till tell as to whether or not I can balance this facade with my work. There is a lot to take in without even sweating the social mannerisms but so far, but let it not be said I was never good with challenges. If anything life has taught me so far is that there is a solution to everything if you’re willing to sacrifice what it takes to get it done. I don’t know what I have to pay to be good at my job on all levels, but I don’t think I have to wait very long to find out.