Graduating from college and entering the workforce often causes culture shock. The real world is very different from the college world and young professionals need to adapt as a result. Some leaders at ATL Events Group, Inc. admit to learning many lessons the hard way when they graduated from college. Here is their take on how to survive your 20s.
1. Be Smart With Money
You are not going to make as much money as you will like. Being frugal will save you because you won’t be broke. Learn to budget and do not run up your credit cards. Misusing credit can destroy your finances, especially if you are still paying off student loans.
2. Take Care of Yourself
Your metabolism is going to slow down so watch the sweets. Otherwise, you risk developing a stress eating problem and gaining significant weight later. Start an exercise habit as again, it will help you feel better and benefit you as you grow older. Get enough sleep.
3. Prove Yourself
You are not going to leave college and right into a six-figure salary. Even with a degree, you are not all that. You only made the bare minimum. Learn your job, ask for learning opportunities, and expect to start at the bottom. It may seem humbling but you can only work up from there.
4. Take Time to Know Who You Are
Nothing will be as you expect. Do not let others make your decisions or define your values. Discover these on your own and be true to yourself.
Growing during young adulthood depends on being open to experience and knowing that you do not know everything. Set goals and be prepared to change you game plan as you work to meet them. Enjoy this stage in your life and know it only gets better from here on out.