Finding your place in the workplace

8 Jan

Hi Guys…
I have been a blog slacker for over a year, but so many things have happened which is why I turn to my blog, my platform of creativity and self-expression, a platform any young professional needs. So here we go…

Graduating from university is an enormous accomplishment for any student and for many it is their ticket into the real world called WORK. When you walk across the stage to receive your degree with added achievements like cum laude, you feel on top of the world, a woman who is at the doorstep of greatness. Then you enter the REAL WORLD…

In the real world your social and academic status is only but a memory compared to the feelings of anxiety that is coupled with job hunting and interviews. You frantically scout for your all-important break by probing every job posting you can find until the one you think is perfect finds you, and you prepare for your perfect job with poise and diligence.

So now that you in and the reality of 8-5 hits home with an annoying sound of a doorbell alarm. How do you cope?

Many young professionals accompanied with the feeling of being overwhelmed are faced with the challenge of finding their niche in the workplace.

What’s your niche?

Toni Star in an article on career changes notes that it is imperative that you learn the culture of your new job. She suggests that this process will be time consuming but is immensely beneficial as office politics and getting along with others takes time.

I would say give yourself time to settle in, starting a new career is fretting and daunting but remember what you got you there, your talents and chrisma. Always be cognisant of your goals. Should you find yourself in a rut, a career pothole, accept the experiences you have gained and diplomatically scout for better opportunities. However, the most important thing to note is that your place in the real world will not find you; you have to find it…



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