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Tackling your first professional job can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. How do people handle the pressure of stepping out into the “real world”? Take it from me, going from a college graduate to an employee during a global pandemic is a challenge! The search for a job right out of college can be touch and go for a little while, add a pandemic to it and you feel like you’ve hit a wall. But eventually your first job will be upon you.

College can help prepare you for your job in many ways. College prepared me for my job in Graphic Design during the course of my study. Specifically, by teaching me how to use the Adobe Suite of programs for design, instructing me in the design process of creating thumbnails of the work I am doing, helping me to understand the importance of creating multiple drafts to show to the client for feedback, and working with the client to choose the design they like, and finally refining it to their specifications. What college couldn’t prepare me for came immediately after graduation. A worldwide pandemic hit and interrupted my job search. This was not the real world I was expecting!

Luckily for me, this delay allowed me to find a really great job! At A3 Media the office environment is new to me, but I find it has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. There are some similarities between the classroom and the office, such as setting goals for the work assignments and working with teams. On the job I am able to apply my skills sharing my graphic design knowledge with others. With Adobe Creative Cloud I can utilize proper design etiquette, as well as help others understand design elements.  In the work environment I get to work with clients and socialize with my coworkers. I know that if I do my job well, I can look forward to even more exciting projects in the future.

“If you want to get bigger, more exciting tasks to handle at your new job, you need to knock those trivial ones out of the park. Don’t just shuffle through them. Take care of your assignments and maybe even see if there is a better way to do them.” 

In college my grades helped me to understand how well I was doing. Now in the work environment, I will use feedback from my boss and my coworkers to measure my success.

It will be important to ask questions and share ideas, ask for feedback, develop strong relationships with my coworkers and clients, and try to understand the bigger picture. This will help me to deliver the best result.  

Your first job changes your lifestyle. Going from an intense schedule right up to graduation time and then going into a pandemic lull as I searched for a new job was frustrating. Now that I started my career, my daily life is more structured. I have a plan for each day and know what to expect. I know if I maintain healthy habits, such as a routine schedule, good sleep habits, good time management, eat healthy, and remain open to change, it will make my work life and home life less stressful. Transitioning from college to your first job can be a challenge but if you approach it in the right way, you can be successful.

Written by:
Shavonne Stellato
Development & Graphics Team Member