Entering the Professional World in 2012

New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite days of the year. I love the celebration, the feeling of anticipation, and the excitement of what’s to come. Although I’m excited to see what 2012 brings, I’m sure that there are tons of recent college graduates that are even more excited than me.

They will enter the professional world in 2012, to begin what will hopefully be very successful careers. They will leave behind the familiarity of campus to forge new relationships, accept the responsibility of managing others, and learn where they “fit” in their new organizations. For some the anticipation of this new beginning may cause anxiety, here’s a few thoughts on how to transition successfully into your new organization.

Be on time

I’ll start with reminding you to always be on time. I know it seems simplistic, but as I’ve matured, I’ve learned even more about the value of being on time. It’s surprising how many assumptions and judgments are made solely off of a person’s ability to be timely. Therefore, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for you to always be on time for work, on time for project deadlines, on time for meetings, and conference calls. One of the easiest ways that you can show respect for others is by showing respect for their time.

Make connections on every level

Although you may be inclined to focus only on building relationships among your immediate team members, invest in getting to know and learning the names of others outside your team as well. I’m not expecting you to know everyone in the organization within 30 days, but I encourage you to get to know those that you will see and interact with on regular basis. Some college graduates start their professional careers in manager in training positions or as trainees in a management development program. These programs often include some type of rotation within the organization, which is a great opportunity to connect with individuals on all levels of the company.

Socialize responsibly

As you connect with others in the organization, opportunities to socialize outside of work will definitely arise. I encourage you to socialize responsibly. Have fun, but anticipate that everything you say or do will be discussed the next day at work, therefore conduct yourself accordingly. Limit your alcoholic beverages, keep the conversation appropriate, and although you want to form relationships, be carfeful to not overshare. Your new peers don’t need to hear about all of your college escapades.

It can be intimidating to be the “new kid”, but remember that everyone in the organization was the “new kid” at some point as well.


Ronisha is one of Hyatt’s College Recruiting Managers.  Hyatt’s College Recruiters visit more than 30 college campuses each year recruiting top talent at hospitality programs across the country.  A graduate of The Ohio State University, Ronisha begin her Hyatt career as a Human Resources Corporate Management Trainee.  During her ten years with Hyatt, she has worked at Hyatt Hotels in Orlando, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey.  To learn more about opportunities with Hyatt please visit, follow Hyatt on twitter @hyattcareers, become a Hyatt Facebook fan at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Careers and follow the Campus Recruiter blog at


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