6 Ways To Master The Transition From Study To Work
The future is unpredictable, and most of the time we have no idea what we're doing. The big secret of adulting is that basically we’re all faking it until we make it. Taking off the training wheels and being thrust into the real world of work and rent and bills can be both exciting and very stressful. But whether you're about to look for your first job, take a year to explore Europe or move out of your parent’s house, here are 6 ways you can minimise the stress about this time of transition in your life:
1. Create a good routine.
3am binging on Netflix might be really, really tempting when you’re an expert at procrastination, but it’s not great when you might need all that beauty sleep for job interviews and general sanity. Setting good habits, like prepping healthy meals every week, committing to regular gym visits and getting 8 hours every night can do wonders for your mind and body, and help you feel organised and generally less stressed.
2. Make a professional development plan.
Do you have an idea of where you want to be in 5 or 10 years from now? What skills do you want to learn? What role are you hoping for? What opportunities are out there? What experience do you need and how can you get it? What should be your first step? Whether it’s a really specific or a really vague idea, you can still do some research, ask around and work out a plan for how to get there. Because setting goals is the first step to achieving them.
3. Take time for yourself.
Scrolling through your social media feeds doesn’t count. In order to minimise and avoid stress, burnout and mental exhaustion, you should unplug and take time out from everyday life to mentally recharge your batteries. Taking regular walks, reading a book for pleasure or doing simple meditation can help you feel more connected and refreshed when you come back to the real world.
4. De-clutter your life.
Are you hoarding dozens of text books in the belief that one day you will actually read them again? Are there clothes in your overstuffed wardrobe that you haven’t worn in over 5 years? Ever notice how a messy apartment makes you more stressed out than a tidy one? De-cluttering your life will help you to de-clutter your brain, allowing you to let go of information you don’t need and make way for new information. Try it anyway. No one likes a slob.
5. Make time for your relationships.
If you’re going through major transitions in your life, you are likely changing in ways that you don’t even recognise, and having good relationships with those around you becomes more important than ever. Investing time in your family, friends, mentor or partner can help keep you grounded, happy and connected, and can help ease your transition into a new job or stage of life.
6. Learn a new skill.
Whether it’s learning how to cook, playing a new sport, speaking a new language or taking up a new hobby, investing in new skills can be fun and confidence-building. Pros: you never know when that sailing course might help you bond with a potential new boss. Cons: two minute noodles are never a good idea when you’re trying to impress on date night.
Taking ownership of your life may be a new experience for you, but it will also help you be successful in whatever path you choose. These steps will help you put your best foot forward and make the transition from student life to work life a little less stressful, so go for it!