From college to the work world: what your professors didn't tell you!Congratulations on landing your first corporate position! If you've you've
Contraction of you have.
you've you have
you've have been lucky to have an internship internship /in·tern·ship/ (in´tern-ship) the position or term of service of an intern in a hospital.
n the course work or practicum conducted in a professional dental clinic. or summer job while in college, you already have some insight into the world of work. But, in case you've had little exposure and experience to what happens in Corporate America--welcome to your new reality--one that will be quite different than your former life as a college student on campus.
While your professors equipped you with the abilities and skills to get your college degree, navigating (networking, hypertext) navigating - Finding your way around. Often used of the Internet, particularly the World-Wide Web.
A browser is a tool for navigating hypertext documents. and learning the lessons of the corporate terrain will take some effort. At this point, I'm I'm
Contraction of I am.
Our Living Language Speakers of some scattered varieties of American English sometimes use I'm instead of I've or I have in present perfect constructions, as in sure there are many questions running through your mind. Questions like: How do I make myself invaluable while avoiding common pitfalls faced by new hires? What can I do to increase my job security? How important is networking and attending company events? How important are my first three months and my first evaluation? What makes a "standout" employee? How do I make a good first impression on the job? How do I handle mistakes? What are the rules of dress and behavior now that I won't be on campus but in the work world? How do I deal with this major change in my life?
To be successful as you gain career momentum in what will be just one steppingstone step·ping·stone
1. A stone that provides a place to step, as in crossing a stream.
2. An advantageous position for advancement toward a goal. in your overall career journey of the next 30 to 40 years, you need to be aware of what to expect and what's expected of you as you get started. This article is designed to help prepare you for today's realities in the work world and how to survive uncharted territory
You and Your New Organization: What's Important
Welcome to your organization! Corporations are keenly concerned about their success and their people--or as you will hear it referred to in the 21st century workplace jargon--its "human capital." Companies spend a significant amount of money and resources on talent with the goal of being able to attract, motivate and retain individuals who can contribute to the organization's success and the creation of stockholder value.
You are an important part of this equation. You were hired because you have a unique set of knowledge, skills, abilities and potential. You are there to help your organization accomplish its objectives.
You are joining your company at a time when dramatic changes are taking place. There's rapid technological change, globalization globalization
Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation , market transformation, workforce diversity, changing U.S. demographics The attributes of people in a particular geographic area. Used for marketing purposes, population, ethnic origins, religion, spoken language, income and age range are examples of demographic data. and a time when there are various generations present in the workplace. All of these cause major challenges to employees, managers and supervisors. The rapid change in technology alters how work is disseminated disseminated /dis·sem·i·nat·ed/ (-sem´i-nat?ed) scattered; distributed over a considerable area.
Spread over a large area of a body, a tissue, or an organ. , and performed.
Let's spend a few moments discussing generational issues. Although today's global workplace has a variety of generations working together, the workforce is predominantly pre·dom·i·nant
1. Having greatest ascendancy, importance, influence, authority, or force. See Synonyms at dominant.
2. made up of three generations: Baby Boomers See generation X. (Boomers) born between 1946 and 1962, Generation X, (Gen-X) born between 1963 and 1981, and Generation Y, born between 1982 and the present. Generational differences are one of the most challenging diversity and leadership issues in organizations in the 21st century.
Embracing generational differences in the workplace is beneficial because people with different perspectives always have the potential to bring alternate thoughts and ideas to problem solving problem solving
Process involved in finding a solution to a problem. Many animals routinely solve problems of locomotion, food finding, and shelter through trial and error. , which provides future opportunities for the organization.
Generational conflict can impact teams, employee morale, and productivity. Additionally, constant change in the physical workplace created a need to revise management styles, devise different ways to communicate and to recognize and value employees
Because of these corporate realities you will be more successful if you place your priorities on contributions, accomplishments, building relationships and creating value and recognizing how all of the areas mentioned above may impact you and how you do your job. You will want to start focusing on operating from your strengths while recognizing the importance of balancing life and work. You'll be introduced to people from diverse backgrounds and may work on a team of people with skills both similar and different from you own. Your success (or failure) will depend on how well you navigate (1) "Surfing the Web." To move from page to page on the Web.
(2) To move through the menu structure in a software application. your workplace.
As you enter the work world you will be trading grades as a mark of success for corporate evaluations that will be in the form of performance reviews. Your manager will conduct these. You are trading the camaraderie ca·ma·ra·der·ie
Goodwill and lighthearted rapport between or among friends; comradeship.
[French, from camarade, comrade, from Old French, roommate; see comrade. of your "buds" at the student hangout hang·out
A frequently visited place.
Noun 1. hangout - a frequently visited place
haunt, stamping ground, resort, repair and on your personal computer for coffee breaks and team meetings with your manager and new work colleagues.
Also, say goodbye to rolling out of the bed and the house in jeans and a "wife beater Wife beater may refer to:
Getting Off to a Good Start
Most companies offer new hire orientation programs. The purpose of new hire orientation is to introduce you to the company. During your orientation you will meet members of the Human Resources The fancy word for "people." The human resources department within an organization, years ago known as the "personnel department," manages the administrative aspects of the employees. staff and other new hires like yourself. You will be given information on policies and procedures Policies and Procedures are a set of documents that describe an organization's policies for operation and the procedures necessary to fulfill the policies. They are often initiated because of some external requirement, such as environmental compliance or other governmental . You will be introduced to the benefits package and asked to make your elections for coverage. You will also be provided information about the company through the employee handbook An employee handbook (or employee manual) details guidelines, expectations and procedures of a business or company to its employees.
Employee handbooks are given to employees on one of the first days of his/her job, in order to acquaint them with their new company and . This will be the source of much of the information you need about rules in your new organization. The handbook
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After your orientation you will be taken to your work unit and probably have a series of "newbie A first-time user. A newbie may be a novice in anything; using a computer, a video game, a particular operating system, the Internet, etc. Also called a "newb," "noob" or "nub."
(jargon) newbie " activities designed to move you into the team and your assigned as·sign
tr.v. as·signed, as·sign·ing, as·signs
1. To set apart for a particular purpose; designate: assigned a day for the inspection.
2. responsibilities. These activities are developed by your supervisor and will be things he or she feels are important during your introductory period (depending on your organization this could range from 90 days to 6 months or a year).
Your manager's job is to lead you and the team. Managers are primarily concerned with strategic vision, analytical analytical, analytic
pertaining to or emanating from analysis.
control of confounding by analysis of the results of a trial or test. thinking and decisive judgment. That means your manager's work may be evaluated by how he or she creates an effective team and motivates and manages the work of his or her assigned work unit. It's important for you to become a valued team player and manage not only your work projects, but also your attitude and relationships with others--especially your manager. Work closely with your manager and work collaboratively with others toward your team goals. This means that you will be open to providing and receiving ideas and contributing to the success of your department.
Accomplishments and Results Are the New Grades
Once you learn what's expected of you, try to make sure that you demonstrate confidence in your work. Plan and organize your work tasks. Your interpersonal skills "Interpersonal skills" refers to mental and communicative algorithms applied during social communications and interactions in order to reach certain effects or results. The term "interpersonal skills" is used often in business contexts to refer to the measure of a person's ability (how you get along with others) and establishing and maintaining credibility will be important as you move along in your position.
Performance reviews are a means companies use to formally document your work performance. It also can identify ways you can contribute to the organization's success and your own professional growth. The rating is prepared at the end of the appraisal period for performance over the entire period, including the assignment of a summary rating. There can also be interim ratings during which your manager provides you with feedback on your accomplishments during the period prior to the appraisal period.
When you start your new position and learn how the evaluation process is administered (check your employee handbook and consult with your manager), start to think about how you plan to perform your responsibilities and what "grade"/rating you would like to receive. Ask yourself how competent you plan to be? Do you want to receive a "Poor" or "Just Ok" rating? What would you like your rating to reflect "Good" or "Outstanding?" The main thing to keep in mind is that there will be a rating scale like the one listed or one that could range from a low of "Unacceptable, to Minimally Successful, Successful, Highly Successful to Outstanding." Strive to learn as much as you can about your job and tasks and perform them to the best of your ability keeping in mind that you will be evaluated. Your future salary increases will be determined based on this rating. It's up to you to maximize the opportunity. We wish you much success in your endeavors.
Career & Executive Coach Chris Bardwell is head of The Career Connection, Ltd., a Chicago-based career development and consulting firm Noun 1. consulting firm - a firm of experts providing professional advice to an organization for a fee
business firm, firm, house - the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments; "he worked for a . You can send questions to Chris.Bardwell@yahoo.com or to 910 West Van Buren, Suite #166, Chicago, IL 60607.
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STEDMAN GRAHAM Stedman Graham (born March 6, 1951 in Whitesboro, New Jersey) is an American educator, author, businessman, speaker and served in the United States Army, although he is mainly known as the partner of media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
BUSINESSMAN, EDUCATOR, AUTHOR AND HEAD OF GRAHAM & ASSOCIATES, CHICAGO, IL
Stedman Graham lectures and conducts seminars for businesses and organizations around the country. He has authored 10 books, including two New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of Times bestsellers, You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success and Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success. Move Without the Ball is a collection of principles that teaches students that sports are a part of life, not life itself. Stedman Graham teaches that in the 21st century your talent and skills above all else will define your value. Here are some of his tips about how to achieve corporate success.
* Make yourself valuable by having a passion for what you're doing as opposed to just trying to get a job. Hopefully you've prepared by aligning a·lign
v. a·ligned, a·lign·ing, a·ligns
1. To arrange in a line or so as to be parallel: align the tops of a row of pictures; aligned the car with the curb. your college courses with your career interests. You also hopefully had some prior work experience and did some research around your passions. This is what will separate you from your competition and will make you a valued member of the organization.
* You can increase your job security by knowing the business that you're working for, knowing the business and organization inside and out--this will keep you securely employed.
* Networking and attending company events are very important because your success in your company is going to be about the relationships that you build. Many times people have to like you before they promote you, so if you can find ways to increase your social network, professional network and build good relationships, that's going to give you a huge edge.
* The first three months on your new job and your first evaluation are very important. During your introductory period you will want to create the kind of image you want others to have of you. If you can create an impact during the first three months it gives people the opportunity to evaluate you in a positive light.
* A "standout employee" is one who has more energy than anyone else, who is focused and knows how to get things done!
* To make a good first impression you should be interested in the work you do and be able to execute and understand the company's big picture. This will give you a vision of your possibilities. Be results oriented o·ri·ent
1. Orient The countries of Asia, especially of eastern Asia.
a. The luster characteristic of a pearl of high quality.
b. A pearl having exceptional luster.
3. , and interested in the work that you do. Build good relationships, be results oriented, and above all be positive.
* Mistakes happen. You handle mistakes by telling the truth. Truth and trust are two of the most important things that you can bring to your job. People can teach you the business, but if people don't trust you, you'll never get to the next level. You always want to get better, to get beyond your failures. When you are moving toward a vision bigger than yourself, you're always going to stay in the game.
* Moving from the classroom to the work world entails a big change. Being able to get knowledge about your industry and reading as much as you can about the world of work and things that pertain to pertain to
verb relate to, concern, refer to, regard, be part of, belong to, apply to, bear on, befit, be relevant to, be appropriate to, appertain to that particular job will help with the change.
* As a "newbie" on my first job I learned some key lessons. I learned that I needed to be consistent, to develop some consistency in what I was doing--not do things that I wanted to do. I was a basketball player in the European European
emanating from or pertaining to Europe.
European bat lyssavirus
European beech tree
see cryptococcosis. pro league for a number of years, served in the Army, and then I worked in the prison system. I realized that I had to stop trying to do what I wanted to do and to serve the needs of the organization that I was working with. This is one of the key elements to success at the beginning. You need to figure out how you can be helpful to the organization versus advancing your own agenda. Do the work that's required. And if you create excellence in the work, you'll always get to the next step. Success is a series of small steps. The more steps you complete, the more success you have.
ROLONDA WATTS Rolonda Watts (born July 12, 1959 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is an African-American actress and former television talk show host. She was the host of The Rolonda Show, a syndicated talk show that ran for four seasons in the 1990s.
Rolonda is a household name from four successful years as host of her own nationally syndicated television show, The Rolonda Show. She is a true personality and journalist-at-heart who gets inside the issue, asks tough questions, and often presents provocative solutions. Her website says this about her: "Rolonda Watts is a friend and confidante con·fi·dante
1. A woman to whom secrets or private matters are disclosed.
2. A woman character in a drama or fiction, such as a trusted friend or servant, who serves as a device for revealing the inner thoughts or intentions with a power behind her voice. If she's saying it, you just know it's something worth talking about." Here are insights she asked us to share with you:
* Making a good first impression: I think that showing up on time, dressing the part and having the right attitude are key. You can have the best grades in the world but if you don't have a good attitude when you walk in the door, it doesn't matter about your grades.
* Your first three months and your probationary pro·ba·tion
1. A process or period in which a person's fitness, as for work or membership in a social group, is tested.
a. period: First of all you have to remember anytime you walk into a new situation people are watching. They want to know how you work out conflict--when things don't go well one day--how do you handle that, can you handle a high amount of pressure. You don't want someone who is going to point a finger and avoid responsibility when pressure is placed on them. They want to know how you get along with people, how you work out conflict at work, because at the end of the day it's the team that makes the bottom line and the team successful.
* Mistakes to avoid as a new hire: Mistakes will happen. What we have to do is to learn from our mistakes. Especially when you're young and getting out of college. You've only been on this earth some 20 years, so there's a lot that you don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. . It's how you handle and recover from those mistakes that make the difference. A lot of time the greatest things in the world come from our mistakes because we promise ourselves we're not going to do that anymore. Focus on the positive things--what did you learn that you can incorporate that would make you better at living.
* Be a standout employee: I always surround myself with people who know more than I do and can bring something to the table that makes me say "wow I didn't think about it that way!" And someone who has the confidence to bring who they are to the table. Everybody around me is totally different, they bring something different to the table and they are proud of what they do and when they shine, I look pretty good.
* My first job and lessons learned: Well, first of all I would say this to students, I had a bunch of internships. I guess it was because I didn't like being at home during the holidays and summer. I wanted to be out of the house and I was always very curious. I had an internship with the Winston Salem Journal. If I didn't learn anything else, I found I loved journalism, but that I didn't want to work for a newspaper. I worked for a radio station and then I went to television. I saved a lot of time because I threw myself into the business, learned the lingo Lingo - An animation scripting language.
[MacroMind Director V3.0 Interactivity Manual, MacroMind 1991]. , what I liked and didn't like. In the meantime Adv. 1. in the meantime - during the intervening time; "meanwhile I will not think about the problem"; "meantime he was attentive to his other interests"; "in the meantime the police were notified"
meantime, meanwhile , I negotiated and exchanged pay for credits and graduated a year early. Because of my internships I had a track record, people knew how I worked, I could get recommendations and had a little experience. These experiences helped me find out what I ultimately wanted to do.
ETTA ETTA English Table Tennis Association
ETTA East Texas Tourism Association (Longview) GARDNER
CHICAGO, IL, TWICE RETIRED, 50+ YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE WORK WORLD
I would like to begin with the end in mind. You should be focused on being as successful as possible. Always look for an opportunity to exceed what's expected of you. You're going from school to your new job and will be working until you retire. This will be some 30-40 years. You don't want your first job to be a failure. If you go into your first job thinking and feeling that you have to succeed--you will because you will put everything positive that you have into it.
Look around you. What's your purpose and what part do you play in making the organization work? You need to know your job, you need to know about the business and how you fit into it and in your individual department and role.
You make yourself invaluable by:
* Punctuality Punctuality
completes world circuit at exact minute he wagered he would. [Fr. Lit.: Around the World in Eighty Days]
disciplined family brought up to abide by strict, punctual standards. [Am. Lit. : You need to be on the job and on time. This also goes for your projects and other work responsibilities. Whatever you're doing make sure it's done in a timely fashion. It goes without saying that attendance is very important along with punctuality.
* Quality and Quantity of Work: The quantity of work that you do should also reflect quality. You shouldn't sacrifice quality for quantity because in the end you will make mistakes and that's not what you want to happen.
* Different generations in the workplace: As an older manager, I found that the younger people didn't value their jobs. They'd go onto the computer, take care of personal business as opposed to doing the work they were hired to do and were unproductive. They had difficulty adhering ADHERING. Cleaving to, or joining; as, adhering to the enemies of the United States.
2. The constitution of the United States, art. 3, s 3, defines treason against the United States, to consist only in levying war against them or in adhering to their enemies, to the rules and regulations. Oftentimes of·ten·times also oft·times
Adv. 1. oftentimes - many times at short intervals; "we often met over a cup of coffee"
frequently, oft, often, ofttimes they felt that they could do what they wanted and couldn't understand why they had to do it the way they were told it was to be done. They didn't understand going into the workforce the importance of rules and regulations. They would come in at any time, get written up through the disciplinary procedures disciplinary procedure A sanction, or restriction of the right to practice medicine, imposed on a professional and still wanted to do it their way.
* Best Advice: The best piece of advice I can give is to go in and realize that this is your job and you have to place it as a priority in your life now. Your job determines if you're going to advance or not, how you handle things on a job is a very serious step in your life--it's not like at school. It's important to have maturity and be able to be responsible, have initiative and strive for good performance reviews. Be careful not to violate the policies and procedures if you plan to advance.
* Mistakes: When you make mistakes, first you should admit that you made the mistake, then you fix it and try not to make it again. Honesty Honesty
See also Righteousness, Virtuousness.
ancient Greek personification of truth. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 18]
Better Business Bureau
nationwide system of organizations investigating dishonest business practices. [Am. is the best policy. Try to figure out why you made the mistake and naturally, you correct it. If your manager has to be involved, admit that you made the mistake, ask for help in trying to avoid it if you can in the future.