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6 Tips to Help You Transition From Your Student to Professional Life

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After 12 or more years of school, it’s finally time to put everything you learned to good use. Landing the job is one thing, but adjusting to your new role as a professional might take some getting used to. Gone are the days you can sleep in till noon or stay up all night to finish your assignment. The days ahead will be more structured and productive; here are 5 tips on how to help you through this transition.

1. Be a sponge

Many of us are still young when we graduate college and enter the working world. This means you are still growing and learning every day, even if you might not realize it. In your new environment, it is important to pay attention to everything going on around you, even if it might not particularly pertain to your job position.

2. Communicate

In college, you were probably used to handing in assignments with limited conversations with your professors. In your new role, communication with your co-workers and boss takes on a whole different meaning. It is important to ask questions if you are unsure about your new assignment or warn your boss if you have a doctor’s appointment next week. Staying on the same page as your fellow employers makes everyone’s day run smoother.

3. Networking

Even if you landed your dream job right out of college, you can never make too many connections. As you work in your new position, make sure to introduce yourself to as many of your co-workers as possible. Learning about what they do everyday can help broaden your understanding of the company you work for and open your eyes to future opportunities.

4. Be on time

Whether you are just catching up with your co-worker, or you have a meeting with your boss about an upcoming project, you should always be on time. In college you might have gotten used to sneaking into lecture a few minutes late, but now arriving on time means you are actually a few minutes early. Punctuality shows you are taking your job seriously, which I should mention, you should be.

5. Make time for yourself

Just because you started your full-time job, doesn’t mean your free time from college completely disappears. In most entry-level jobs, you won’t have homework hanging over your head at night or over the weekend. Taking this time to hang out with friends or catch up on your TV shows will help you feel refreshed when you return to work the next day.

6. Take care of your money

One of the best parts about the transition from being a student to being a professional is the new paycheck you’ll start to receive. Your hard work is starting to pay off, literally, and you are finally being rewarded with money instead of grades. Learning how to handle this influx of money is important, our personal financial management tools are perfect to help you understand your new budget. Make sure to sign up for a Rewards Checking account so you have a valuable place to hold your money. This way you are receiving 1.00% cash back on all of your purchases.1

1 The Debit Card Rewards Program (Cash Back Rewards) will provide 1.00% cash-back on all Qualified Purchases made by eligible Rewards Checking account holders if the account holder does any of the following; meet the requirements, is grandfathered in, or keeps an average balance of $2,500 or greater within the calendar month in their Rewards Checking Account, or receives total deposits of $2,500 or more in their Rewards Checking account via qualifying Direct Deposit within the month. Qualifying Direct Deposits are Automated Clearing House (ACH) credits, which may include payroll, pension or government payments (such as Social Security) by your employer, or an outside agency. LendingClub Bank may require documentation to verify that credits are Qualifying Direct Deposits. The value of this reward may constitute taxable income to you. You may be issued an Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 (or other appropriate form) to you that reflects the value of such reward. Please consult your tax adviser, as LendingClub Bank does not provide tax advice. Qualified Purchases include signature-based purchases made with a LendingClub Bank issued Debit Card tied to a Rewards Checking account enrolled in the Debit Card Rewards program. These are “credit” purchases that can be made in stores and online. To make a signature-based purchase, select “credit” rather than debit at point-of-sale kiosks. The “credit” option is most often pre-selected when making purchases online using a debit card. Online subscription payments may not be considered signature-based purchases. The payment transaction type (signature-based or other) is ultimately decided by the merchant and how the transaction is transmitted to LendingClub Bank at the time of processing. We reserve the right to determine if a transaction was a Qualified Purchase, and to establish additional types of Qualified Purchases that could be made available in a variety of ways. Any goods or services purchased with the LendingClub Bank issued Debit Card that are returned or otherwise credited to your Account are not qualified purchases. Unlawful purchases and purchases of currency, cash or cash equivalents (including, without limitation, currency from the U.S. Mint, Travelers Cheques, gift cards, Cryptocurrency, Casino Chips, Peer to Peer Payments, prepaid debit cards, account openings, loan payments, or other cash equivalents) made with your LendingClub Bank issued Bank Debit Card are not Qualified Purchases. We may require you to provide documentation to validate that certain purchases are Qualified Purchases. LendingClub Bank reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time. Your enrolled account must remain open, active, and in good standing to participate in the program, meaning: No NSF (non-sufficient funds) items during the preceding twelve calendar months in your checking account (regardless of the type of checking account). An eFunds check must show no negative history in the preceding twelve months and all monthly servicing fees must have been paid in full for the 12 preceding months. LendingClub Bank reserves the right to modify the description of “good standing” at any time. If you or the Bank closes your account for any reason before the end of the statement cycle, you will forfeit all rewards accrued through your linked Debit Card during that statement cycle.

About the author

Eileen Flynn

As the Social Media and Public Relations Coordinator, Eileen has grown up with the online and mobile banking industry. Eileen writes for other generation Zers and recent college graduates who are balancing both saving and spending and explains how online and mobile banking is there to help.