I recently graduated from college. It still doesn’t seem all that real, but one thing that has helped me face this reality is working at Esker. I’ve been working part-time over the last month, coming in a few hours before class in the morning. Esker has been so great in helping me navigate the transition from being a college student to entering the workforce and I feel really lucky to be starting my career here!
Here are a few things I’ve learned in my first couple weeks.
- Hours aren’t as rigid as they seem. I’ve always heard of the traditional 9-5 schedule, but it seems like there’s more flexibility with hours than I thought. Most people start around 8:30 a.m. and leave at 5 p.m., but there are some that start a couple hours earlier so they can leave earlier in the day. Summer hours start in a couple weeks, too, where you can choose to work an extra half-hour Monday-Thursday so that you can have a half day every other Friday. Your schedule can change as needed, as long as it’s reasonable and you let the other people on your team know when you’ll be in.
- Company culture is important. After one of my first days here, I went to a class right after where my professor took a whole segment out of lecture to talk about the importance of working at a place where you like the people you work with. One of the things I learned about Esker from the interview process is that they have a really high employee retention rate, which says a lot about the strength of their company culture. I can already tell from my first couple weeks in the office that Esker is a place people enjoy working at, and I know that will play a huge role in my own job satisfaction down the line.
- The transition is still tough. It doesn’t really matter how cool a workplace is or how much I may like what I get to do; it’s still a very different lifestyle from the last 16 years of my life. For me, college was such a great experience. I loved being able to have slow mornings before an 11 a.m. class, take a break in the middle of the day to go hang out in the UW Arboretum, or watch Netflix with a friend while doing homework. I’ve gotten used to doing work at odd hours of the day depending on what fits my schedule. I’ll have to adjust to working within a certain time frame so that other people can get their work done, too. That being said, everyone at Esker has been really helpful and patient with me while I adjust and making that change doesn’t seem too hard at all.
- Learning doesn’t stop. It’s different than college but it somehow feels weightier, like what I do here affects more than just me. But the things I’m learning seem to be more practical and intuitive than things I’ve learned in a classroom, and it’s exciting to know that my evenings will be my own — free from studying!
Do you remember what your transition from school to a full-time job looked like? Do you have any tips for a recent college grad entering the workforce? Share your thoughts in the comments below!