When I completed my bachelor’s degree in fashion designing, i was looking forward to join a big design firm, a reputed clothing brand, an export house or a manufacturing industry to start my career. I applied to as many jobs i saw on job portals like indeed, LinkedIn etc. I got few phone calls and attended the interviews (dint hear back from most of them). After three months of searching, I finally landed my first job at an e-commerce retail store. Phew!!! Now I can finally answer everyone about what am doing.
But right after I started working, I realized, it was not exactly what I imagined it would be. Definitely I learned a lot that I dint know when I was in college.But, the learning process was hard as it was a trial and error strategy. So it took me a while to figure out things.
This post is to prep you on what to expect when you start working right after college.
- There would be no Teacher.
As a student, we rely a lot on teachers. We wait for our teachers to teach us, When we do an assignment, we do it as per our knowledge and be at ease, expecting that, teacher would correct it and help us take it forward. But in your work place, you cannot always expect someone to teach you everything or rely on someone to correct your drafts or paper works. It would be your task and you need to complete it. Am not telling- there would be no one to help at all, but you cannot always look for one to teach or access you.
- You will be paid peanuts.
As a fresher, you may not get a huge salary. You will only get paid enough for your food, stay and travel. When you starting out first, don’t work for pay check. Work to gain knowledge and skills. Also the world wants people with years of experience.
- Fake it till you make it.
Be confident, no matter where and how you work. Don’t feel insecure or meek if you feel you don’t know something or you did something wrong. Always remember you are just starting out and not everyone will know everything. As you go on, you will get the hang of it.
- You will do mistakes. Lots of them.
During my first job, I made tons of mistakes that I just wanted to bury my head somewhere and never come out. Only later I realized, it was not just me and it’s okay to make mistakes. You will learn only through your mistakes. Just remember your mistakes and be careful next time.
Also because you made a mistake, don’t feel insecure. As a beginner, everyone would make mistakes.
- Tight Schedule.
Working life is not as same as college. There would not be much free time. The working hours defers based on where and what kind of work you do. In general, you may not have much time for yourselves. Start learning to balance your time for your work and personal life. No matter how busy you get, always make some ‘me time’.