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.

5 thoughts on “Transition

  1. As a relatively new worker who’s had first hand experience in a reputable company, I could give you some tips. People generally know me as an overquiet sort of a person, but in time, relationships will start to develop and then I enjoy going to work. The first few weeks will be hard, but time will change things.

    However, some insider views on your workplace will help you make decisions on whether to continue on (long-term) with your job. Sure, with the recession like this, it isn’t easy to quit a job now and hope to find another in a short time. In my example, my first day of work was naturally scary, but I was approached my an Indian lady who shared with me all the gossips of the workplace, and of course, “things” that the employer would not want others to know. Eg, unpaid overtime, underappreciation esp favouring outsiders to promoting loyal workers to higher positions, low pay for too much work etc.

    Finally the only thing keeping me from quitting or going to work is the social life and the money, of course. Having nice people around means a lot.

    P.S. I don’t know what’s been getting at me but that was the longest comment I ever wrote 🙂

  2. One’s first *real* job is very important in the way it teaches us about life, interactions, and what is considered acceptable or unacceptable and it shapes us in some way for our future jobs or roles. I look fondly upon my first one, and I had a lot of fun doing it.

  3. I’m learning that right now. I love my job. I’m probably tiring myself too much by spending so much time in it, but I love it all the same. Maybe, just maybe, this is a job where I don’t have to lie about being who I am and that’s what I’ve always wanted in life.

  4. Heya. 🙂
    Omg you’re so deep,and i love how you phrased everything in the comment. The over used term anniversary for the monthly basis one is pretty common,but I’d give you a heads up on that.

    “Through thick and thin, it’s all you can do to survive the times when real life stands in the way of what you want. So live a relationship one day at a time. Because it’s an eternity in a moment, and that’s the best way to live it.”

    thumbs up.

  5. MissyCheerio: Heh? You could have just replied in your own comments. I’d go back and read it you know. 🙂

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