The immediate weeks and months following graduation are simultaneously terrifying and exhilarating. As you peruse listings of internships and premium entry level jobs, it’s a common fear to believe you may not find a decent job for a year or more, if at all. However, the freedom to sleep late and enjoy your days as you wish while applying to jobs isn’t a bad way to spend a post-grad summer. All that will change once you actually do land that first position, so here are tips on two habits you’ll have to change once you enter the workforce.
Have you gotten used to staying up until 4 a.m. and waking up promptly at noon every day? Now that you’re employed, it’s time to get yourself a grownup sleep schedule. Regardless of your position, 8-hour days for five days a week can take a toll on even the most energetic people. Make sure you get plenty of rest and adjust your bedtime so you can easily wake up around 7 a.m. each morning.
Another aspect of unemployment that’s easy to get used to is becoming relaxed on your grooming and personal hygiene. Depending on your employer, letting your beard grow out every other week and postponing a haircut for months on end probably won’t score you any points for professionalism.