My Experience with the Working World: 5 Things I’ve Learned
This will be my first job since I graduated two months ago and no doubt, it is like a dream come true. It feels good to know that when my faculty gives my class the all-clear for internship applications that I would have furthered my knowledge of drugs from real-world practice. Not to sound shallow, but the promise of credit alert beeps at the end of each month is as exciting as well.
I’ve come to realize that work expectations for graduates and undergraduates vary widely even if they are the same job roles. As an undergraduate, everyone tolerates your beginner-level skills and your mistakes are corrected generously. For graduates, expectations shoot up and it does not matter that two months ago, you were a confused undergraduate who barely knew the meaning of the jargon in your own project topic.
This article is to highlight my experience since I began working and the things I’ve learned.
So, let’s get right into it.
1. Financial expectations rise when you get a job.
It’s only normal that I start with the most obvious one. I was still without a job when my father’s friend’s daughter asked me to buy a jean skirt for her because she knows I now have money *inserts tired face*.
Thankfully, my parents have been financially considerate but I don’t expect it to last for long, the signs are there. In fact, my mother expects me to be able to take care of my younger brother’s school fees in the near future.
2. Time management is crucial to have a balanced life while working.
If you want to have time for your family and your hobbies while working long hours during the day, you will have to be more intentional with how and what you spend your time on.
I have realized how deleterious the time I spend day-dreaming and stalking strangers on the internet is. It’s painful to think that I’ll never recover the time.
3. Learning is faster in practice.
This should provide comfort to the students who write themselves off because they do not bag all distinctions in their results.
I was not among the smartest students in my class. This meant that I struggled with the names of drugs and when they should be used.
Practicing in a community pharmacy has helped me learn more drugs within a short time and develop confidence in my knowledge to apply it when it matters. Recently, I advised my father to replace a drug in his anti-hypertensive therapy with a more effective one that had negligible side effects. This is something I would never have been able to do in the past.
4. Studying does not make you a professional, practice does.
“Practice makes perfect,“ might be a trite statement but it holds so much truth.
No matter how long one you’ve studied, an uneducated person who has had more practice years in the same field is still more knowledgeable than you are. In the real world, people don’t care about what you know but rather what you can do.
5. Your diet might get a bit messy.
I’m very particular about what I’m eating and how much of it I’m getting, so there’s no way I am going to leave this one out.
If you have to be at work by 9 am, I’m not sure you’ll have a lot of time to make a luxury breakfast.
The most I’ve eaten since I began working is just twice a day. Not to be vain, but as long as you’re getting enough nutrients from both meals, you’ll be fine and stay in shape too.
I know that for every phase in your career, there are new experiences and lessons to be learned. This is currently where I am and these are the things I’ve learned from my own experience.
I’ll love to hear from you, what are the lessons you have learned from working?
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