When I first reported to work on the first day of my internship, I was feeling anxious, but on the other hand filled with curiosity. I could not wait to find out what was waiting for me at my new job. I was introduced to the department as “the new intern” who will be here for 3 months. I could see that the faces of my other fellow interns were beaming with joy as well.
However, when I asked my friends about their first day of “real” work, where they enter the life of working adult, many of them claimed that they have lost the sense of excitement that they used to have when they first turned up for their first day of internship. They now see working as a form of long term commitment, and burden which they claim they will not be able to “get rid of” for a long time.
So I’ve got down to thinking as to what may have caused young employees like myself to lose interest or excitement to start working full time. I asked a few of my friends, and I have gathered responses such as “after I start working, I’ll have all the money, but no time at all”, “it’s routine over and over again”, “so stressful”. All these responses have led to me think that young employees tend to be sceptical about starting a new job permanently, not knowing when it will be the last day of work.
Many of us have been told that internships are pre-empts for working in the real world, however no one told us about the transiting phase that we all have to go through. From being a carefree intern, to one that has suddenly been burdened with responsibilities and expectations. This may throw these youngsters off their feet, hence I feel that it is increasingly important to ensure that students who are in this transiting phase in life are given proper professional advice, this will prevent them from being overly stressed out or burnt out at work.
For young professionals who are approaching this phase in life, can contact Digne Consult group to be part of the Young Professional Group, where professional advice will be provided to help you adapt to your new working environment.