For the past 25 years, I’ve been a kid. During most of that time, I was a student. I’ve had my share of jobs, but they were all just stepping stones to the future.
But now I’m a professional. I have a JD. I just took the Virginia bar exam. I start my first, permanent, full-time job on August 6. I’m not a licensed attorney yet, but I’m definitely part of the professional adult world.
What do I do now?
I’ve been pondering this day for a while. And the full implications probably haven’t even hit me yet. It’s literally the start of my professional life, and I don’t know what to make of that.
I know how to be a good student. I can take a mean set of notes. I’m a spiffy test taker. But will those skills help my career? Maybe, maybe not.
How will I stand being in the same office at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week? Won’t I get sick to death of that space?
Perhaps you’ve encountered this situation as well. You’ve been through transitions between schools or careers. But what about the day when you’re done with school, and it’s time to storm the career world?!
I need your help
When I started this post, I thought I’d write a list of tips for new professionals. But I realized I had more questions than tips. So now I’m asking for your ideas.
What is your best tip for a newly minted professional? What piece of advice do you wish you learned on day 1?
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