I was interning this last month and I learnt a lot about the real world. I spent my uni years having a blast and just chiling, so living in the real world came as a shock to my system. I've never really had a proper job before (they just offered me a real job), so I've been learning loads. I thought I'd share my experiences and tips about the real world and how to get by in the grown up world:
1)Befriend the people at the local coffee shop, that makes going on the coffee run so much more fun. I love going to the coffee shop and chatting to the waitresses.
2) You can hear a smile over the phone.
3) EAT!! This has been my mistake. I'm eating a little bowl of cereal for breakfast and a small sandwich for lunch: not clever. I have been close to burning out.
4) Money has a value - I've grown up spending a lot of money and just regarding dad's money as unlimited and just there for the taking. I've now learnt that money is not easily earned and so has real value. I've been pretty much burning money my whole life. I now understand the effort that goes into earning money, so I'll think twice about wasting it on things I don't need.
5) Boys aren't that clever. I've been asking the other, very cute, intern to lunch everyday and he always accepts, yet fails to realise my huge crush on him.
6) Looking good and presentable makes a great impression. Ok, so we all know that looks aren't everything, but first impressions do count. If you look presentable, people (especially your bosses) will look at you in a better light.
7) Cliques still exist in the real world! Personally I was shocked to see this in a work environment. People stick to their little gangs and don't let any other outsiders in. Luckily I haven't seen any hard core bitching yet.
8) Take a break from the office. I sit inside, behind a computer all day, so at lunch I always try to go for a walk and get some fresh air. Thats another reason for why I love going on the coffee run. It gives me a chance to stretch my legs.
9) Time management is the most important thing in the world. Seriously, it is. Once you've managed your time well, everything is so much easier.
What are you tips and experiences from the real world?