From the World of Academia to the Daunting Task of Employment

Picture yourself on the eve of your graduation, celebrating with friends one final last time, going all out with a bang to celebrate good times and experiences together.

Now picture yourself the next day hungover, tired and distraught as if you have gone 10 rounds straight all night long; your close friends and family by your side as you prepare to accept your certificate of study that marks the end of your university life.

Flash forward two months and by in large one of the three options would be presenting itself to you: either you have gone travelling to enjoy the sun and experience new cultures or you have settled into employment or like many, in recent years you have finished your course and have taken the Summer to relax, party and enjoy the festivities.

By Autumn you now find yourself either in a job you don’t like, broke on the other side of the world or left staring into the classified ads of the back side of a local paper.

The dilemma being that during our experiences in academia we set ourselves high expectations and feel like most that we will land that dream job which will develop us into the person that we one day want to be.

The only problem is, that for the part, especially in the UK, students are not given the practical guidance and training during their studies to match their qualities with their expectations. More importantly students are not taught how to prepare themselves psychologically to commit to the world of work.

Like most of us, more and more these days with the implosion of mass media and digital communication our attention span and ability to settle down has overall decreased. While this means that we can consume and acknowledge a vast amount of information rapidly, the problem is that when you enter work, balancing your time, making a schedule and carrying out tasks (often repetitively) for hours on end can seem like a demeaning and daunting prospect to absorb.

Given that for the last few years we have been taught that the world is yours at the palm of your fingers and that with effort comes success.

The only problem though is that what is left out though, and what your teachers and professors would probably not tell you is that it would take a long time of hard work dedication, sweet, blood and tears to get ahead and that for most of us we are not psychologically prepared to meet the challenges ahead of us.

To help ease the burden and to build ourselves up psychologically for the strains and demands that we face upon the task of gaining forward into the world of employment in most instances an internship can be seen as not only beneficial but, essential in this day and age.

An internship whether you love it or hate it, has provided many young people with the necessary skills to go into the world of work. Taking you out of your comfort zone and providing a glimpse of the how commerce operates. Whether you are pro-internship or anti-internship there is no denying its growing importance in the job market and the benefits it gives to the youth of today.

What can be known though is that, theory and books and can only teach you so much, the rest of what you need can only come from practically trying out employment. With both the highs and lows, making that step from university to work can seem like a daunting task to uphold and while for others it is just the next step in a long and successful career laid ahead.

For what is more important than grades and status is our understanding of ourselves and confidence in what we project to others and what we want to accomplish in work.

By land and by sea, through trial and tribulation the key to making the first step and gaining an extra foot ahead of the pack comes from our inspiration to drive and prepare ourselves psychologically for the world of work.

By accepting the challenge of work, rather than avoiding it we can prepare ourselves psychologically and make the most of it, rather than squander our first years, torn between balancing our expectations from our studies to our practical skills utilised in the world of work. My recommendation would be to not be afraid of change or being anti-internship and give it a shot. At the end of the day, it will give you that little bit extra to add onto your CV and will give you the confidence to enter into the world of work.

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