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From College to The Workplace

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It's April -- finally. I thought winter here in the Northeast would never leave! We're still waking up to mornings in the 30s, but the days are warmer now and staying lighter later, thanks to Daylight Savings Time. Can summer be far away? April means that thousands of college seniors are looking forward to graduation next month. For those who aren't going on to graduate school, this means that once their degrees are in hand, they'll be making the move from full-time student to full-time employee, or in some cases, full-time job seeker -- and that transition to the workplace can be jarring.

Making the transition from student life to work life can be a shock. In some ways, we might be able to see college as a battle, where students fight for victory over numerous graduation requirements -- and, sometimes, demanding professors. If you have been paying attention to the news over the past decade, you may have noted reports about wars. There may also have been video of various news conferences with generals and other high-ranking government personnel. Eventually, you would hear the term “exit strategy" as the wars de-escalate. Graduating college students also need an exit strategy after their college wars.

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