Transitioning from a “Graduate” to a Professional.

Learning is continuous, you may graduate today but you’ll be back in the classroom of life tomorrow

For many of my peers it wasn’t that long ago that we dreamt of completing our university education. I still remember my graduation, the anticipation of waiting for my name to be called out to collect my certificate. The shared happiness with my peers, as we celebrated the end of a chapter not knowing that what was next would be far more challenging.

If you are anything like me the novelty of being a fresh graduate wears off quickly and you begin to think of how you can establish yourself in your chosen career. You soon discover that although university provides you with a good foundation there is a lot more to learn before you become a respected professional in your field. Truly, no one can prepare you for the challenges of building a career however I believe that getting some words of advice from those who have done it before can be helpful.

As promised in my previous post “Taking back control from your 9-5, I reached out to a trusted friend and mentor to give us advice on transitioning from a graduate to a trusted professional.

Dr Isaac Pirisola as over the years been my go to person to ask for professional advice. Although we work in different industries, he always provides valuable advice on professional development. Since graduating with a PHD in Design and Process Engineering in 2014, Issac has navigated his career quite well. Upon making the decision to focus on getting industrial experience he has since worked for various companies (i.e Unilever, Pfaudler, Erasteel to name a few) and has established himself as a Project Management Professional.

Please see below the key points shared by Issac on transiting from a Graduate to a professional.

Taking back control from your 9-5.

Hi readers, I have been silent for a while so it wouldn’t be right to start this post without a life update.

The last 6 months of my life has been quite interesting. I went from working for myself to working for a company. All choices I made deliberately however transitioning into a full time “9-5” has not been easy.

In case you’re curious, I did a masters in Management Consulting and within a few months of graduation I decided to give contracting as an independent consultant a go. This turned out to be an amazing experience.

I was stunned at the level of confidence my client had in me, truth be told when I sent my initial proposal I wasn’t sure what the response would be. It was one of those decisions I had to talk myself into. The fear of rejection was there but I reminded myself of one of my favourite quotes and decided to proceed anyway.

“Do not anticipate failure before you’ve been giving the opportunity to succeed.”

After coming to the conclusion that I was ready and more than equipped for this challenge, I hit send and the rest is history.

In my short time as a contractor I throughly enjoyed being able to manage my own time and having the ownership to make decisions that would benefit my client. The best part was working with a team who made me feel welcome and supported me throughout the project. It is rare for clients to make you feel like almost one of their own. Transition from a placement student to a paid consultant was interesting. In the process I developed a number of transferable skills that has been instrumental in my current role. I may dedicate another blog to explaining the challenges of transitioning from a student to a professional. To be honest I will most likely ask a few trusted professional to contribute their learnings to this as I am relatively a newbie and still transitioning . I’d love to know if this is something you’ll be interested in reading so feel free to leave a comment.

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