Adulting: Beginning a New Chapter

Transitioning from school life to the working world may not be easy, but you don’t have to be a nervous wreck about it. Embrace the thrill of adulting, and it can be a very rewarding and hopeful experience!
Elliyani Mohamad Ali
Editor, gradsingapore

As you take your first steps into the working world as a young professional fresh out of school, keep this in mind – you’re entering a new phase in your life.

Working life is more than just surviving the day-to-day hustle. There is no better time than now to take life by the reins and adopt the best life routines in order to get the hang of adulting in the working world as quickly as possible. How do you start? Well, here’s a quick guide on how you can set the foundation to excel in your next stage in life.

Start your career like a boss

While we can’t give you a step-by-step guide on how to do your work perfectly (that’s the job of your employer), these are some quick tips to start your career on a good note. Remember that starting your first job after graduation is one of the peak signs of adulting, so always behave professionally and have a good attitude in everything you do.

Even if you’re working from home, there are ample opportunities to start your career on the right foot. Know what is expected of you in your new role and ensure you are fulfilling expectations as required, whether it is for meeting deadlines or working well with your team.

Take care of your finances like an adult

As long as you continue to stick to your budget and build your emergency fund while having the relevant insurance plans, chances are you’re on track to being a successful, responsible adult. At the end of the day, the goal is to make the most of your salary so you won’t need to depend on your parents or anyone else financially.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Being a working adult doesn’t end at the workplace. If you’re not taking care of your health, finances and mental well-being, it’ll be harder for you to be an excellent employee. Take some time to plan your schedule so you can fit in a fulfilling life outside of your 9 to 5, so once it’s time for work, you feel energised and happy to give your all. That’s when you know you’ve cracked the adulting code.