Careers Advice

Top Five Tips to Navigate the Journey From Student to the World of Work

Follow these steps to hit the ground running as you make the transition from student to employee

Published: 19/10/2017

The evolution from student to graduate is an exciting time as you start the next chapter of your life and navigate a new environment. Follow our top five tips for transitioning from student to employee and make the journey as smooth as possible.

Be resilient ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again’ this well-known proverb is one you should take note of. Getting to grips with your new role can take time but your colleagues will be on hand to give you feedback and tips for how to improve and every experience will teach you something valuable that you can build on.

Set clear goals It is important to know what you are working towards and if you break your ‘to do’ list down into manageable pieces with clear goals you will feel a sense of achievement along the way. By setting realistic objectives you are more likely to know how and where to start and you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish.

Ask for help – As Albus Dumbledore famously said in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ‘Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it’. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions. You aren’t expected to know all the answers and it’s invaluable to draw knowledge and experience from your colleagues. Remember, everyone was once where you are now and they have all asked the same questions at one time or another.

Be proactive Knowledge is power so read up on the industry that you work in to keep up to date with relevant trends and topics. During your ScotGrad placement you will be working on the implementation of a specific project, so ensure you are keeping an eye on the news to see how current affairs could impact this initiative.

It is important that you don’t just do the 9 to 5. Research whether the profession you’re in has an industry body you can join where you can meet like-minded peers. And why stop at networking with people in your profession? Go to other events where you can meet potential business connections in other fields. You can also join the ScotGrad LinkedIn Group to connect with fellow graduates and share how your placement is going.

Be Creative – As a graduate you bring fresh thinking and a new perspective so use your initiative as well as your existing skills and knowledge to ensure your project is delivered effectively.

Use your insight to tackle problems you may encounter along the way or if you can see a way to improve a system or process, suggest it. You have been selected for your skills and knowledge so make sure they are to the fore so you make an impact in your new role.

Graduate placements with ScotGrad are available throughout the year. If you’re interested in ScotGrad check out our current placements on offer and register for updates.