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Extreme Life Makeover:  School to Work Top 10 

10.  Sleep will no longer be a commodity; it becomes a necessity!
Working full-time may require a more normal sleep pattern. Staying up half the night or hitting the snooze button one too many times could potentially find you getting to work late and possibly fired.

9.   The freedom to create your own schedule becomes obsolete       
The flexibility to create your own schedule may not be a luxury awarded by employers and extra hours may be required to completely understand your first job.

8.  Continuous messaging becomes a thing of the past  
Most employers do not allow Facebook and MySpace viewing, nor instant messaging or texting while at work.

7.  Practice your time management skills 
Preparing for projects, tests and assignments at the same time was difficult in college but in the working world your future employer is depending on the time management skills you’ve acquired. 

6.  Maintain your independence while becoming a team player
In college independence is required for projects and assignments; the transition to the working world often requires group projects and collaboration among employees.

5.  Dress for success       
Hoodies, jeans and flip-flops are perfect for class. In the working world you may be required to wear a suit or professional attire. View the attire of managers and leaders within the company and model your look after them. 

4.  Play nice with others           
Upon graduation you may be working with diverse group of colleagues from various backgrounds and various ages. This is where your collaboration skills can be utilized to become an effective team player.

3.  Finance 101 goes beyond the classroom       
Following graduation you may have to begin paying back student loans and entering the working world often brings along additional bills. Be careful that when you receive that first amazing paycheck not to spend it all in one place. Keep track of expenses and spend wisely!

2.  Learning doesn’t end after college       
With your new role in the company you will be busy learning how to do your job and learning about the company’s culture. Remain aware of the world around you; keep up to date on current events and news both inside and outside of your company.  These events may affect your everyday life.

1.  Adopt a positive attitude
Enjoy your new role in the professional world and have a positive attitude around employers and colleagues. A positive attitude tells the employer that they hired the right candidate for the job and could help you work your way up the company ladder.    

Last Updated: 7/14/16