By Sam Mickley  |  July 27, 2017


Having just graduated in May, I’m not exaggerating when I say it was the scariest time of my life. The fear of the unknown mixed with the emotions of leaving everything you’ve grown to love the past four years…it’ll mess you up. I spent nights worrying and stressing about the future, and even when I landed the job, I spent my nights worrying about the first day of work. You remember everything your professors taught you and what it was like at your internships, but it’s just not the same. This isn’t a short internship or class, this is where you’re going to work every day for the next few years. Expectations are higher and you’re trying to impress more than ever.

So to ease your nerves if you’re a recent grad or someone who has been in the field for years and forgot what it was like to start a new career, here’s a day in the life of a recent grad on the first day of their first job:

6:45 – Alright, first alarm. Try to relax and rest for the next few minutes.

7:00 – Time to get up. Yes, this is really happening, you’re an adult now.

8:30 – Ready to leave! Wait…do I have everything? Do I look okay? Oh god, I feel sick.

8:50 – Okay, you’re here. Get out of the car. Come on, get out. You’ll be fine.

8:55 – Just walk in…right through the door. Is that the right door? Yeah, it is. Here we go!

9:30 – Doing good so far, haven’t messed up or embarrassed me yet. The day’s still early though.

12:30 – Made it to lunch. Am I eating weird in front of them? Do I have something in my teeth? Oh god please don’t spill anything on yourself.

2:00 – I’m just rolling through this day. This isn’t so bad. Why was I so nervous?

4:00 – Wow, the day’s almost over. Only one hour left!

5:00 – Holy shit! I did it! I survived my first day! Now let’s try not to embarrass me for the next few years…

Yes, I was scared shitless, but once I got through the first day I felt like I could take on the world. I had a great sense of accomplishment and came to the realization that, yes, I am in fact an adult now.

To all of you recent grads who still have yet to start their first day of work, here is my advice…You are ready. You may not feel ready, but your professors, internship advisors, and even your fellow students prepared you for almost every situation you’ll be in. Sure, you won’t know everything, but you know enough to be able to roll with the punches and keep up. So get out there, don’t stress, and knock ‘em dead on your first day! Trust me…you got this.