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.