Challenges Young Professionals Face When Entering The Workplace

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  • Colleges often focus on teaching students how to write a resume, a cover letter, or prepare for a job interview other than enlightening them on the professional unwritten rules and codes.

Fresh graduates sigh as a sign of relief on landing their first jobs after a gruesome hunt in the job market,  not knowing what awaits them in the workplace.

The transition from college to joining the workforce is usually not a walk in the park for most graduates. Newbies face a lot of challenges because most learning institutions do not prepare their students for the workforce.

Colleges often focus on teaching students how to write a resume, a cover letter, or prepare for a job interview other than enlightening them on the professional unwritten rules and codes to be figured out when preparing them for their future work life.

Most Young professionals question their career choices from their first work experiences that bring about confusion, anxiety, disappointments, and exhaustion during this adjustment period.

Below are some of the challenges you might encounter as a young professional   when entering the workforce;

Understanding the work culture

You may find workplace practices like; sitting in meetings, filling forms, submitting expense reports, and dealing with authority may be exhausting but necessary.

At some point, you will get yourself spending more time on tasks not captured in your job description that don’t relate to your skillset.

Social interactions

In college, you build friendships with people of the same age through friends, extracurricular activities, or class interactions for fun.

At the workplace, relationships are between people of different backgrounds and ages for networking that will help you succeed and advance in your career.

In college, you interact with an annoying professor a few hours a week whereas,  you have to deal with your coworkers with different personalities daily to succeed in your career.

At the workplace, your issues are to be left at home and apply emotional intelligence when interacting with your colleagues and show professionalism all the time.


Another type of pressure for a graduate is accountability. You are accountable for every mistake you commit.

A single mistake made in a task might make you lose your job or your standing within the company.

It is different from college, where you can fail an examination and have a retake.

Dealing with feedback

Rules are clear on the minimum grades to pass because your professor knows all the answers when marking your examinations and assignments in college.

At the workplace, employers use key performance indicators that vary from manager to manager.

Feedback can be actively sought or infrequent sometimes in the professional world.

Decipher comments may confuse fresh graduates used to an environment with standardized evaluations and roadmaps.

Realistic expectations for a first job

It is normal and acceptable for a graduate to feel entitled to their dream job after studying hard in school.

However, the reality in the job market forces you to settle for less and can lead to disappointments since most organizations have a notion of hiring people with experience.

You can start with paid internships to get experience in your career path then get to your dream job later on.

In conclusion, employers should look into the pressures affecting first-time employees and offer mentorships to increase productivity in the workplace.

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