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Being A "Real" Person

The transition from college into the working world
For most of us, we went to college, and for those four (or seven) years of undergraduate, we stayed up all night studying, hibernated during the winters, were surrounded by people our own age 100% of the time, and considered “networking” to be the likes of Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

And then we graduated to… The Real World.

It happens to the best of us. We’re suddenly thrown into a world of business casual, performance reviews, bosses and bills to pay. We don’t know how to navigate this new world that is so different from college. With every new phase in life comes new challenges, but here are a couple of tips to keep you sane:

1. Keep in touch with old friends. After college, you might relocate or friends might move away. College was probably one of the most memorable times of your life, and only those that you shared the memories with could understand. It is important to keep those lifelong relationships strong.

2. Pick up hobbies, a weekly routine, etc. Living in the real world can be a lonely place, especially if you are living somewhere new. Work takes up much of your time and at the end of the day, your bed may seem like the most exciting place to be. Get involved in community service, join a kickball league, or go to Happy Hour with friends or coworkers. Schedule a weekly routine for yourself so you’re not doing a work-eat-sleep routine for 5 days of the week.

3. Maintain work-life balance. I have noticed that Capgemini really values work-life balance, while I’ve heard a lot of other consulting firms don’t. Take vacation if you have it; don’t let it go to waste! The last thing that Capgemini would want is for you to burn out.

4. If you’re on a traveling project, do whatever you need to do to feel at home. If you need to change into more comfortable clothes on the airplane, do it (just be sure to represent the Capgemini brand appropriately). Find a pharmacy so you can refill your prescriptions during the week. Buy your favorite shampoo and leave it at the hotel so you can use it each week. Buy Groupons so you can check out different salons or gyms around you.

5. Network. This probably seems like the scariest, most unknown realm to a new young professional… but it’s not! Networking is just getting to know people. Yes, it might be uncomfortable at first to get to know people of different walks of life, but just remember that they were your age once and probably remember exactly how it felt to be in your shoes. Be curious about your field and related topics, and meet people who can give you advice. It is important to continually expand your network.

6. Exercise and stay healthy. This is one of the first things that goes when you’re stressed or busy. Try to make it a habit, and don’t be afraid to decline an occasional team outing to have some 
personal time. It will make you more alert, benefit you in the long run, and keep you looking good! 


About the author

Melissa J.
Melissa J.
Melissa graduated from Rice University with a major in Economics and joined Capgemini in July 2012. She is based in the Atlanta office and is trained in SAP FICO. Melissa enjoys practicing yoga and going to the beach, and she is always up to try a new restaurant.

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