Navigate Change: 3 Tips to Manage The Transition from College to Career

How do you navigate change from college to career? After all, school is vastly different from work.

The way people talk, and their interest is vastly different. Even if you end up in the field you went to college to major in, there will still be a lot of things you need to manage.

There are a few things you can do to navigate this change.

1. Small Steps
Most fresh graduates want to conquer the world. And truth be told, it is really not a wrong attitude. While it is good to have a huge ambition, you need to moderate it. You need to know that your career path can easily be a 30 year journey or more. There will be lots of changes to navigate.

So, how do you navigate change from a ambitious fresh grad into a working world adult ready to take on the world? Well, in small steps. Take it a day at a time. The cumulation of your efforts is what will show results later. It’s not a game where you score the winning goal everyday, in every game. This is a marathon where you put one foot in front of the other and soon you race to the finish line.

2. Small Dreams
I am not asking you to give up on your big dreams. But Big dreams are an accumulation of small dreams come through. Dream about getting that small project completed the best possible way. Dream about impressing your immediate boss before you fantasize about impressing the CEO.

It’s OK to have small dreams. Small dreams give you confidence. Small dreams give you the fertilizer to grow big dreams. That’s how you navigate change from college to career.

3. BIG Belief
Small steps and small dreams must be balanced with big belief. Don’t start out your career with no belief. You must at least believe in yourself. Have a set of principles that will guide you. These are your light houses. They guide you home. They help you make decisions when changes in life make it difficult to see.

Believe that you can achieve big dreams with small steps. Believe that there are no short cuts and every experience adds to your piggy bank of life. And these are for your withdrawal later. They are currencies you can use to leapfrog others who do not know how to navigate change.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not a cold cruel world out there. By and large, you will meet people who are willing to help and guide you. To navigate change, learn to be nice and polite. Stuff your parents and teachers taught you and you will be fine.

More Articles About Career Change

Managing Uncertainties – How to Deal with the Uncertainties of Career Change
Managing uncertainties of career change can be daunting. So how do you deal with it?

Quit Your Job – The 17 Things to Ask and Consider before Making the Decision
Quit your job? Thought it through yet? What are the questions to ask yourself?

Importance of Job Satisfaction – 7 Strategies to Increase Your Job Satisfaction Wherever You Work
What is the importance of job satisfaction in ensuring your happiness at work?

Dream Job Description: Have You Ever Tried Writing One?
Have you ever tried writing your dream job description? If you have not, how do you know what your dream job is?

Career Rut – 7 Ways To Get Unstuck
Getting stuck in a career rut is tough. You feel unmotivated; you don’t know where you are going. Yet you are somewhat comfortable where you are. What can you do?

How To Get Ahead In The Workplace: Know the Details
How to get ahead in the workplace? Get the details right. Here's how you do it.

Career Change Success - What Does It Take?
6 insights to ask yourself for a successful career change.

Career Success Philosophy – How To Establish It
Have a career success philosophy that guides you through your journey of the workplace.

What Job Suits Me?
You have just graduated, and you are wondering "what job suits me"? Ideally, this should not have occurred if there was sufficient self-awareness and planning. That’s all water under the bridge now. Let’s move on to find a solution for it.

New Year Career Resolution: What do you do if you do not know your calling yet?
New answers to discover your new year career resolution and making a diffence - now.

For more articles related to how to navigate change, click here.

Your Career Success Story - Share with Us!

Give us the details, so you can help motivate others to climb the corporate ladder, successfully.

[ ? ]

Author Information (optional)

To receive credit as the author, enter your information below.

(first or full name)

(e.g., City, State, Country)

Submit Your Contribution

  •  submission guidelines.

(You can preview and edit on the next page)

Share this page:

101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career

3 years ago, I was invited to participate as a contributing author together with 100 other career experts to create a book called 101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career. In my chapter, Work Attitude, I discuss how you need to define your attitude at work as critical step to career success. You will be getting career advice up close an personal from some of the best people in their fields like Brian Tracy.
101 Great Ways to Enhance your Career Today!

Over 100 of the World's Leading Career Experts have joined together to give you the complete collection of 101 insider secrets that show you how to instantly and positively enhance your career! In this new book, experts including Tory Johnson, Laura DeCarlo, Brian Tracy, Charlotte Weeks, Long Yun Siang will give you quick, simple and proven Career secrets. To learn more about this special offer go here: 101 Great Ways to Enhance your Career

Learn & Grow: Join Our Newsletter

<font color="#467099">Email</font>
<font color="#467099">Name</font>

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Newbies Careerzine.

What's Hot

Every month, we bring you new articles based topics suggested by you. We hope to be able to give you tips and suggestions, and provide answers to your questions that you will find helpful.

Being Happy at Work – 6 Tips to Be Happy at Work

Create Time – How To Get More Time In Your Day at the Office

Pursue Your Dreams – 7 Things to Keep in Mind and Do

Great Day at Work – How to Achieve a Happy Day at Work

Release Your Tension – How to Feel Relax Before Going to Work

Powerful Words That Keep You Motivated at Work

Long Yun Siang, Platinum Author

Start Here: The Newbies Guide

If you are new to this site and don't know where to start, start here by reading our most read articles.

Definition of Success?

How To Get Promoted

Define Your Attitude

Why Is Time Management Important?

Work Attitude Behavior & Work Behavior Attitude?

What Job Suits Me?

Attitude At Work: When People Don’t Like You

Positive Thinking In The Workplace

Personal Goal Setting

How To Find Your Dream Career

Positive Attitude in The Workplace

Define Leadership

How To Move Up The Corporate Ladder

Developing Leadership Skills At Work

Developing Positive Attitude At Work