What is the transformation going to be like from college-life to life as a working professional? Are we going to be prepared? I am confident in what I am learning in my classes. I have learned a lot of valuable information at my internship at the International Society for Technology in Education. But are we really going to be prepared to work in a professional environment? I think our group projects in classes are training us to work in a professional setting.
After reading Searching for Savvy, I got a better look at what I should be prepared for. I’ve also learned that if we are organized now we will be better prepared for life after graduation. One thing I discovered while at ISTE has really helped me. Google Alerts make my job so much easier! I get daily alters via e-mail about ISTE updates on Google. I no longer have to research blogs every day, but rather the updates come to me through e-mail notifications.
I think many college grad’s are nervous about taking the next step. Familiarizing yourself with different social media tools and organizational skills will you definitely benefit you in the future. I think the most difficult task is going to be taking a leadership role in an environment that is new and unfamiliar to us.
The most important part to me about preparing to work in a professional environment is getting into the habit of proof-reading my work multiple times before submitting it. This goes for quick e-mails, to work that will be published. I know it’s not my best quality, but I have learned that just getting my two roommates to go over my work helps. It never hurts to have a new set of eyes look at your work.