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  1. Leave classroom behavior at school. There will not be a syllabus to follow. You probably won’t be rewarded for arguing your point with your boss. Tardiness won’t be excused. Feedback may come less regularly.
  2. Demonstrate confidence in your potential, but humility about what you can do in the beginning. Learn how to be the new hire.
  3. Build effective relationships. Get to know who can help you get things done, and help you get noticed.
  4. Understand the organizational culture. Is it entrepreneurial, hierarchical, young, formal, etc.?
  5. Learn how to balance the professional and personal. What’s the policy about personal calls, using the computer and running errands?
  6. Manage your expectations. Understand that you may have a bad day once in a while.
  7. Wait until you know the established routine before suggesting changes. Don’t question every single thing your first week.
  8. Don’t get caught playing solitaire on your computer! Research the competition, practice work skills, or ask for another task.
  9. Build a good reputation. Become known as a smart, dependable team player. Ease into social and after work events.
  10. Take responsibility for yourself and your career. Good supervisors and organizations can help, but it’s up to you to control the transition

Source: www.monroecc.edu/go/careercenter