The Transition From Student to Professional Life

The transition from student to professional life is an interesting journey. It has taken me nearly 3 months to get used to the new sleep schedule, work day, and free time. I definitely have been really slow at adjusting to my new life. I feel more tired now than during my school years and I technically have less work and sleep more. I have more free time now, but feel like I don’t have enough time to work out, cook, clean, and relax. It doesn’t really make any sense. Any other post graduates having similar dilemmas?

I have found some ways to make my transition more successful. Here are some tips:

  • Set Goals: It’s the most important tip. I found out that if I didn’t set personal weekly and monthly goals, I wouldn’t accomplish anything. For an entire month, I skipped my workouts and watched TV (not good). I gained back all the weight it took me 6 months to lose. So, I set weekly goals of how many times I am going to workout. Small steps work.
  • Enjoy the Free Time: At one point, I started freaking out because I didn’t have enough to do. I stopped enjoying just leisurely sitting down or playing a game of softball. Well, I’m slowing down a little bit and enjoying it. Does it mean spending an entire weekend on the couch watching Entourage marathon? Yes, it does.
  • Spend Time With Friends: I have been horrible about this. What can I say? I am an introvert at heart. I just realized I haven’t seen my friends in over a month? How did that happen? Now summer is over and everyone is busy. I’m going to visit a friend this weekend! It’s my goal.
  • Worry Less About Money: This actually is mitigated by setting monthly/paycheck goals. I have decided we are going to save an x amount in one month. It’s manageable. I deposit this amount on paycheck day straight to savings.

I can’t spend all my time worrying about the future. I am doing my best in the present, and that’s what I have to focus on. Retirement is forty years away, and I already started putting away money.

It’s easy to get caught up on financial worries when you have a bunch of pf bloggers talking about retirement, freelancing, quitting early to retire, etc. But I have to remember I’m still 22, and if I establish a strong foundation (currently, am working on it), the future should come on its own. Not to say I haven’t learned from pg bloggers. I have and am learning so much! But a lot of pf bloggers are at different stages of their life than me. There’s no need for competition.

If you are a young student transitioning to the professional life, remember these tips!

I just want to be as chill and cool as this kid! Wanna attack life head on, and say yeah I got this!

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  • You’re wise to know that there’s no need for competition – so pace yourself because it’s not a race, but if it were it sounds like you are off to a well planned and executed start.

  • It’s been hard transitioning to all my jobs too, especially the container store. Those early morning hours really kill my productivity for the rest of the day. Like right now typing this…I feel like a zombie. I think over time you just adjust. And there are times where I wish I didn’t think about money so much either…but kind of hard when you have a personal finance blog and you are on a tight budget. lol!

    • You are right…harder than it seems to stop thinking about money when you have pf blog. But, I’m trying to not to think so much about money.

      This is my third month at my new schedule, and I’m starting to feel a little better. Not so much like a zombie.

  • When I was on internship in college/the summer before uni, I got really into the professional life mentality of having free time and setting goals for my “real life”. Unfortunately, that mentality carried over into university so now, even today, I sit around on Saturday and read my book or do laundry or other non-school related things. Bad Vanessa :P

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